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Not guilty plea for Karen Williams murder charge
The man accused of murdering Coober Pedy teenager Karen Michelle Williams has pleaded not
guilty before the Whyalla Magistrates Court.
Nikola Novakovich appeared before magistrate Terry Forrest via videolink on Friday, June 27 where he pleaded not
guilty to the charge of murdering Miss Williams on August 4, 1990.
The 42-year-old was committed to stand trial before the Adelaide Supreme Court with an arraignment date set for
Monday, August 11.
Miss Williams was last seen alive in the early hours of August 4, 1990 in the sole company of Novakovich.
On Friday, August 3, Miss Williams and her friends attended a disco at the Coober Pedy Hotel after which it
is alleged they accepted the offer of a lift home with a then 18-year-old Novakovich.
Miss Williams’ mother reported the 16-year-old missing on August 7, 1990 after she failed to return home and
her disappearance was declared a major crime in October, 1990.
The teenager’s remains have never been found despite extensive searches in the Coober Pedy area during the past 24 years.
A $200,000 reward continues to be offered for any information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or
people responsible for Karen’s suspected murder.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.sa.crimestoppers.com.au
Defence drops gay political lobby from its webpages
by Bernard Gaynor
The Department of Defence has removed all links to the political lobby group, the Defence LGBTI Information
Service (DEFGLIS), from its webpages.
Bernard Gaynor wrote to the Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnstone, in April to object to DEFGLIS’
presence on Department of Defence webpages due to its political campaigning for homosexual marriage and the
removal of rights from religious organisations.
Until the last few days, official Defence websites contained the names and ranks of military personnel who were
associated with DEFGLIS, along with links to the DEFGLIS website.
The Department of Defence website also stated that DEFGLIS provided “information on GLBIT issues for members,
supervisors, divisional staff and management staff in Defence. It also provides education, support, and information on the
resources and services available within the ADF and externally.”
Mr Gaynor said that the decision was a significant victory and added weight to evidence he lodged over a year ago that
service offences occurred when uniformed ADF personnel were placed under the command of DEFGLIS at the
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
“This is an acknowledgment from Defence that it was wrong to support DEFGLIS. It is another nail in the coffin of
ADF support of homosexual political activity,” Mr Gaynor said.
“The role of the ADF is to uphold and defend Australia and its laws, including its law on marriage.
It is completely inappropriate for uniformed service members to be marching in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian
Mardi Gras which is the largest annual anti-marriage protest in Australia.”
“I have no doubt that Defence will eventually be forced to withdraw its support from this offensive event.”
“It is only a matter of time before the shaky foundations behind this decision completely crumble. When it does,
those responsible will face consequences.”
“It will be very important for our democracy, as well as for military discipline, to ensure that those
commanders who allowed the Australian Defence Force to be used for political purposes are properly investigated.”
“As it stands, there is strong evidence that service offences have occurred. Furthermore, this evidence has been
ignored or covered up and the Chief of the Defence Force has instead taken action to terminate my commission,” Mr Gaynor said.
Mr Gaynor also said that the decision vindicated the formation of the Defence Force Conservative Action Network.
“There is only one reason DEFGLIS has been taken down and that’s because Defence did not want to put DEFCAN up.”
“Defence would have been wide open to discrimination claims if it only allowed one political lobby group on its webpages.”
“It’s a good decision but done for very petty and shallow reasons. It actually highlights how politicised the military hierarchy
Magpies swoop on Saints youngsters
June 26, 2014
Trent Grosser trying to dance around Coober Pedy's Martin Grava.
Coober Pedy coach Carmelo Crisa saluted his young team despite being taught a football
lesson by a charged up Hornridge.
The 32.23 - 215 to 10.6 - 66 final score reflected a flogging at the hands of the Magpies but
what it doesn't tell is how valiant Crisa's squad, made up with a majority of under 16 and 17 players, were on the day.
Their willingness to stand up to a much stronger and more experienced side so impressed Hornridge coach Shayne Mitchell,
he was compelled to speak to the Coober Pedy boys after the final siren, offering words of respect and encouragement.
The Saints were down seven key players and while Hornridge had plenty to rotate from the bench on the day,
Hornridge await for the return of 11 A grade players.
Player/coach Shayne Mitchell's return from injury injected leadership and direction on the field.
It was a reasonable start for the Saints keeping pace with the Magpies although it was obvious by the end of the
first quarter Coober Pedy's lack of muscle and football smarts meant they'd have better luck winning the lotto
rather than beating Hornridge at home.
Having said that, going goal for goal mid way thru the term let the black and whites know that the Saints would
make them earn every point - while they still had the legs.
At the start of the second with the score at 9-7-61 - 4-1-24 and the ability to rotate constantly, Hornridge
added to the tally through Baxter adding three to the two he booted in the first and a couple from Mitchell.
A major from Benjamin Buller was a highlight for the Saints until Warren came through at the 21st minute of the
quarter but only after the Magpies split the big white sticks six times in a row.
Going into the big break with the cork tainted by an 11 goal deficit, the third quarter seemed destined to
leave the Saints with a sour taste in their collective mouth.
An early goal by Mitchell, started the engine and gave Hornridge a huge rev.
Coober Pedy decided to put sand in the opposition's tank and left them standing with three goals in a row from
Murray, Baxter and Dingaman.
Regrettably the David and Goliath finish was never going to happen for Coober Pedy.
Hornridge recovered and punished the upstarts with seven goals to end the third.
The fourth quarter was much of the same old same old, leading to a frustrated Benjamin Buller being
sent off for giving the umpire some lip.
Buller's outburst signalled that the Saints were well and truly spent, answering Hornridge's seven
goals for the quarter with only two.
Coober Pedy at the start of the season seemed a force to be reckoned with, however, steel has turned to
putty because some of its senior players, for reasons that elude coach Crisa, have not stepped up: leaving
it to the junior players to man up.
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