June diversity news from Blacktown

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Blacktown Advocate
Wednesday, June 18, 2008. Page 11

A 51-year-old Seven Hills man was beaten and bound by three men in his Barbara Boulevard backyard last Thursday.

The man told police he saw three men of Middle Eastern appearance hovering around his son's granny flat and when he approached them, they threatened him and punched and kicked him to the ground before tying his hands with tape.

The men allegedly stole a small safe from the flat after smashing their way in through a glass door.

Police are appealing for information over the assault and theft.
Blacktown Advocate June 4, 2008, page 3.
A 17-year-old suffered facial injuries after a brutal robbery in Blacktown last Wednesday night. The teen was walking from Blacktown train station about 6pm, when a man described as Islander in appearance demanded money. The youth told police he was punched so hard that he fell to the ground. While he was down the man continued to punch him, causing bruising and swelling. After rummaging in his pockets for cash, the man fled towards the station. He was wearing a purple hooded jumper and white Nike shoes.
Blacktown Advocate. June 11, 2008, page 3.
Police are seeking assistance finding the men behind a cigarette heist in Prospect. Two men in their 20s and of Middle-Eastern appearance allegedly rammed a van containing cigarettes in a stolen red Mazda 121, about 8.30am. The 24-year-old driver told police one man pulled a gun and demanded he get in the car, before the men drove him around for about 20 minutes. He was later released unharmed on Stoddart Rd, Prospect. Police later found the empty van.
Blacktown Advocate, June 11, 2008, page 6.
More sex charges for bus driver

A Moorebank bus driver accused of molesting an intellectually disabled woman at Blacktown has been chared with a further six offences.

Five counts of indecent assault and one of obscene exposure were addede to two counts of indecent assault when Satendra Prasad Sharma appeared briefly in Blacktown Court last week.

The 43-year-old of Marshall Ave has been suspended from driving for Busways and was granted bail after his arrest in March.

One of his bail conditions is that he not drive a bus unless supervised.

Mr Prasad has not entered pleas to the charges and will reappear today when the Public Prosecutions Department will decide if it or police prosecutors will handle the case.

Mr Prasad is accused of kissing and fondling the 20-year-old woman in the Westpoint Tunnel on February 28 this year. He allegedly exposed himself in Alpha st.

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