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Supreme Court refuses lawyers for man accused of murdering Karen Williams permission for pre-trial cross examination


• NOVEMBER 26, 2014 1:21PM

THE lawyer defending the man accused of murdering teenager Karen Williams at Coober Pedy has been denied the right to cross-examine a key prosecution witness before the trial begins.

Nikola Novakovich, 42, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Williams, 14, at Coober Pedy r> on August 4, 1990.
His lawyer, Nick Vadasz, had asked the court for a pre-trial cross-examination of Coober Pedy resident, Aleksander Radosavljevic, who has made statements to police that he helped dispose of Ms Williams body after Novakovich killed her because she witnessed an armed robbery.
Last week, he told the court Mr Radosavljevic was an “accomplice at best, possibly the murderer and ... a self-serving liar who is waiting for a large reward in the wings.”
In his reasons for refusing Mr Vadasz’s application, Justice John Sulan said Mr Radosavljevic first gave a statement to police implicating Novakovich in July 2013 — 23 years after the alleged murder.
He said he had now given seven statements to police — but some were contradictory about his role in the alleged murder.
“The topics proposed (by Mr Vadasz) to be addressed with respect to Mr Radosavljevic are; when and why he gave incorrect information to the police and subsequently corrected this, his movements immediately after disposing the body and during the 23 years prior to contacting police, whether he contacted the other alleged participant in the armed robbery and whether he contacted anyone who was in Coober Pedy at the time of the alleged murder,” Justice Sulan said.
A $200,000 reward was offered recently for information which led to an arrest and conviction over Ms Williams murder.
Justice Sulan said a pre-trial cross-examination would be unnecessary because the case will be heard by a judge rather than a jury.
“It follows that if inadmissable evidence is led the trial judge can rule upon it,” he said.
“The fact that some of the material upon which the prosecution may seek to rely may be subject to objection is much more easily dealt with in a trial by judge alone.”
The trial is expected to begin in February.
Originally published as "New twist in Karen Williams’ murder case."

IMX completes sale of Mt Woods tenements

IMX Resources

IMX Resources (ASX: IXR, TSX: IXR, IXR.WT) is pleased to announce that it has today completed the sale of its 100%-owned Mt Woods tenements in South Australia to Cu-River Mining Australia Pty Limited for cash proceeds of $3.68 million.
IMX CEO, Phil Hoskins said the sale of the Mt Woods tenements was an important achievement, as it enabled the Company to extinguish the $3 million liability to Flinders Ports, leaving IMX debt free and able to focus its efforts on exploration at its highly prospective Nachingwea Property in Tanzania.

Challenger Gold Mine Celebrates Its One Millionth Ounce

From Kingsgate News Release

Kingsgate’s Challenger gold mine in South Australia has celebrated the pouring of its one millionth ounce of gold, some 12 years after it commenced production in October 2002.
An onsite function was held last week to mark this significant milestone at the mine which is situated in the remote central west of South Australia.
The mine, formerly owned by Dominion Mining, was acquired by Kingsgate in 2011 following a merger between the two companies. On hand to congratulate the on-site team which is lead by General Manger Stephen Jeffers was Kingsgate director Peter Alexander, of Perth. As a geologist and a former director of Dominion he has been associated with Challenger for more than 19 years.
One of the special guests was exploration geologist Dave Edgecombe of Adelaide who discovered the gold deposit in 1995. The first 250,000 ounces were produced in just under four years and the mine reached the first half a million ounce milestone in 2008. An interesting anecdote is that the mine was named after Dave’s kelpie dog named Challenger.
The mine commenced operation targeting production of just 105,000 ounces over 18 months from open pit mining. During this period delineation of the underground resources commenced and the mine moved underground in February 2004 and is still operating today. To achieve the million ounces 5.994 million tonnes of ore has been mined from both the underground and open pit.

Fatal crash north of Marla

SA Police News 29 Nov 2014 11:34am

Police and emergency services attended a fatal crash in the State's far north.

Just before 9pm, last night police a single vehicle ignited into flames after hitting a horse on the Stuart Highway about 45km north of Marla.
The sole occupant, driver of the car died at the scene.
Major Crash officers attended and are investigating the circumstances of the crash.
The Stuart Highway was closed for several hours.
This death takes the road toll to 88 compared to 90 at the same time last year.

Flat out like a lizard snoozing

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Lying in the middle of the road might seem like a fairly poor life choice, but for lizards, it's the perfect way to warm up.
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Animal Welfare Manager Dr Deb Kelly urged drivers to keep an eye out for lizards this summer and avoid hitting them if possible.

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