Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Schapelle Corby - A Ringside Seat at the Criminal Arena, as the Baggage Handler Crooks Unravel

Seems Norman Niass would have been safer in jail . . .

Baggage handlers 'not linked' to Corby

"Another man, 55-year-old Norman Niass of Petersham, was also refused bail by a Sydney court today.

Police prosecutor Todd Pickering told Newtown Local Court authorities found $5000 as well as 48 grams of cocaine and 116 grams of methamphetamine in raids on Niass' home yesterday.

A number of unauthorised firearms also were recovered, Sergeant Pickering said.

Niass faces two charges each of possessing and importing a prohibited drug, a goods in custody charge and various firearms charges.

Defence lawyer Greg Scragg said Niass would "vigorously contest" all the charges.

Mr Scragg argued Niass' extremely poor health meant it would be "inhumane" to keep him in custody.

He suffered from acute asthma, degenerative sciatica and bleeding from his bowel, Mr Scrag said.

Niass was reliant on a ventolin puffer and appeared to be in pain throughout today's court proceedings.

But magistrate Suzanne Seagrave found the objective seriousness of the charges and Niass' lengthy prior record meant granting bail would be inappropriate.

Niass was remanded in custody to appear via video link in Central Local Court tomorrow.

. . . after he was shot up in his home last night (or maybe not). Perhaps when he's feeling a bit better, the police could visit him in hospital, and ask him who stuffed up the marijuana shipment. I wonder how much it cost Norm to stay on the streets, and/or who he had to betray?

Well, I guess blood on the streets is inevitable, when the Australian police are too squalid and corrupt to do their job.