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Karen Williams 1990 outback murder: Witness's credibility questioned in court
Lawyers have disputed a key witness's credibility as a man faces court accused of
murdering teenager Karen Williams at outback Coober Pedy more than two decades ago.
Defence lawyers for Nikola Novakovich, 42, are keen to test the strength of evidence against him before entering a plea.br>
Novakovich is facing the Magistrates Court at Port Augusta in South Australia charged with the murder in 1990.
His lawyer sought to cross-examine several prosecution witnesses, including a man who admitted helping dispose of
the teenager's body.
His information led to Novakovich being charged with murder this year.
The defence told the court the witness was untrustworthy and had changed his story about a robbery he was
involved in before the victim's disappearance.
The prosecution says he changed his story in an effort to avoid legal trouble.
Saints overcome the Devils
(Roxby Downs Sun)
It was a case of so close but yet so far for Olympic Dam Football Club, coming within a bee's whisker of
proving Coober Pedy could be beaten at home.
The 15 point difference at the final siren with Coober Pedy 13.7 (85) to OD's 9.17 (70), reflected
Olympic Dam's ability to mix it with a team that until recently had been serving the heads of other teams on a silver platter.
It's a tough gig playing Coober Pedy on its home turf.
The first six minutes of the game it seemed, Saints' intention was clear; send the Devils back to OD with a rearranged pitch fork.
Coober Pedy scored three goals to zip, until Lachlan Hewett kicked OD's first major of the game.
Olympic Dam developed some serious momentum after this goal.
Even the golden boot of Lester Lionel couldn't save Coober Pedy for the moment, in a second quarter comeback courtesy of two majors
from Scott Montgomerie and a coach's goal from Dale Summerton setting up what the Devils hoped would be the upset of the season.
Devils led by four points at the big break.
Coober Pedy came out of the blocks in the third quarter.
Within four minutes the Saints had whacked on two goals, thanks to Lionel and Henry - taking back the lead.
A lone goal from Montgomerie kept OD within two points.
Henry wasn't finished, booting two in a row for the Saints.
Montgomerie kicked one and a Deja vu moment for coach Summerton, booting a major, a minute before the siren.
OD led by four points over the Saints going into the fourth quarter.
Despite the promise of victory by an early goal from Jason Elliot, the Olympic Dam Football Club found themselves
jilted by Coober's Lester Lionel and his three goals.
A single by Henry saw the Saints go marching in.
Next week the boys from OD have a week off to contemplate the 'what ifs'.
Coober on the other hand travel to Roxby to take on a down, but not out, Andamooka.
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