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THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1997 Young killer wheeled tourist's body through busy street, police claim By GREG ROBERTS in Cairns A youth dragging a wheelie bin beiieved to have contained the body of a murdered Japanese tourist through peak-hour traffic was seen by scores of motorists on their way home from work in Cairns last week. Police allege that a 16-year-old bludgeoned Ms Michiko Okuyama, 22, to death after befriending her soon after she shopped in the Cairns central business district on September 20. Ms Okuyama had bought some groceries at a Woolworths supermarket and was on her way home when she met the youth, who may have offered to escort her to her rented apartment several blocks away. They stopped at a deserted warehouse in Grafton Street, which the youth and several other teenagers had been frequenting in recent weeks. Police found the groceries Ms Okuyama bought in an upstairs room in the warehouse. Police found many bloodstains in the vault and on the warehouse floor. A woman who asked not to be identified said she saw a youth dragging a bin past a service station in Gatton Street about 4.30 pm on Tuesday last week. "It stood out because you don't expect to see someone pulling a wheelie bin along at that hour of the day. It certainly struck me as very odd," she said. The body was found last Saturday when a resident whose home backs on to the swamp detected a strong smell. A large Japanese media contingent was present yesterday when the youth appeared in Cairns Children's Court on a charge of murder. He entered no plea and was remanded in custody for a committal hearing on December 19. Police have questioned a man in relation to the murder but no further charges have been laid. A police spokesman, Mr Brian Swift, said inquiries were continuing and that "we have not closed this case". Ms Okuyama's two elder brothers arrived in Cairns on Wednesday night to join their parents, Mikio and Toshie, who have been in the city for the past two weeks. Ms Okuyama's body was cremated at a private ceremony in Cairns late yesterday. Her family plan to spread some of her ashes on the Great Barrier Reef and take the rest home to the port city of Yokohama. Qt stood out because you don't expect to see someone pulling a wheelie bin along at that hour. They believe she was murdered in a heavy steel vault under the stairs. Police are unsure whether she died on the day she arrived or if she was held for up to four days before being murdered. Her body remained in the vault until October 1, when the youth allegedly placed it in the wheelie bin and dragged it three kilometres to a swamp in the suburb of Manunda, where the body was covered in soil and fronds. On the way, the bin tipped over and blood spilt onto the footpath in busy Gatton Street. Ms Michiko Okuyama . . murdered in warehouse. I I 1 I Boy, 10, in alleged breach ofiWO By TIM JAMIESON A 10-year-old boy will start a new school after he allegedly breached an apprehended violence order (AVO) which his eight-year-old victim's family brought against him. The Education Department confirmed yesterday it was helping the older boy's parents give him a fresh start in a new school The 10-year-old was banned from attending his Hunter Valley primary school after a magistrate heard on Tuesday that he had breached the order by allegedly attacking his victim in a playground. The 10-year-old's father said his son had been discriminated against because he suffered from attention deficit disorder. "Why should a 10-year-old kid who is hyperactive be told he can't go to school?" his father said. "He was all right there. He was in a scuffle a few times, but whose kids don't at that age? He has been victimised." The AVO was issued ori August 19 after the younger boy's family claimed their son had been subjected to violent threats, intimidated, harassed and been verbally abused. The boy returned to school but was involved in another incident days later when he allegedly pushed the younger boy in the playground. Police were alerted and the boy was charged with breaching the order. The boys cannot be identified for legal reasons. A department spokeswoman rejected claims made by the younger boy's father that his attempt to ask the department to deal with the problem had failed. She said a specialist teacher had been brought to the school to help the older boy deal with his behavioural problems, and strategies to deal with bullying had been implemented. "A parent taking out an AVO against a pupil is unusual, but the scnoois job is not to act as a policeman," she said. The older boy's parents would be offered support to help their son manage his behaviour. The victim's father said he had tried to speak to the older boy's parents but "was fobbed off". "After trying the Education Department, the school and my MP, the AVO was the last resort," he said. bgue's women take a bite out of Australia By PAUL SHEEHAN We have survived Crocodile Dundee, now it's time for Crocodile Vogue. Although the life of Mick "Crocodile" Dundee was a complete fantasy that amused the world, there are some people, like some of the ladies from Vogue, who are determined to perpetrate the myth that ordinary Australians spend much of their time dodging dangerous natural phenomena, such as poisonous cane toads. This week the several million readers of American Vogue were treated to a column by the editor of Vogue Australia, Marion Hume, in which she describes her adventures as a new arrival in Sydney. Ms Hume, from England, depicts a gutsy country where the women do not wear much clothing if they can avoid it: "People here dress about as bare as you'd dare in other cities without getting arrested. "It is normal to show up at mm Now Available: Laggtgclaa4, Kltctal David Joms k Stnrihigt, LA. Laggagc, Matt EtVarfe, Dtn Ltatker, SraVj Uggage, tag fit laggagt jtorn. NCA Br: Tin o j a . iiTiTiYinr H J II M 1 1 SA U UJ UJ lawyer By FERGUS SHIEL Claims of multi-million-dollar frauds and of perceived judicial bias yesterday reignited the controversy over the failed court case against the former Elders IXL chief, Mr John Elliott. The man who led the National Crime Authority (NCA) investigation into Mr Elliott told a joint parliamentary committee review that the circumstances surrounding Mr Elliott's acquittal were "a disgrace". "They were gone Mr Elliott and his co-accused if the evidence had have been led before a jury," Mr Garry Livermore told the committee reviewing the NCA at a hearing in Melbourne. He said Mr Elliott had claimed after his acquittal to have "stuck it up the NCA" when the truth was he had stuck it "right up the system and every law-abiding member of the Australian community". Later, Mr Elliott told reporters he thought Mr Livermore was "off his tree", his evidence in court had not been believable and it was time the NCA was "brought to heel". "He's the sort of person who typifies why this organisation is not what we need in Australia," Mr Elliott said. Mr Livermore said that at the time he quit the NCA two years ago, it had enough evidence to pursue Mr Elliott and other former Elders IXL executives over two separate matters: D The secret payment of $50 million to a company controlled by the Melbourne packaging magnate Mr Richard Pratt, in return for jointly buying 5 per cent of BHP shares with the New Zealand businessman Mr Allan Hawkins to thwart a Robert Holmes a Court takeover of BHP; Illegally profiting by about $70 million from the sale of convertible bonds they denied ri j Ad -that's w the office in something that looks like a nightie." The article is anchored to a prominent alarmist quote lifted from the story : "This is a nation where the land, the sea, and pretty much everything that crawls or swims has the potential to finish you off." Ms Hume, 35, who arrived this year after being fashion editor of the Financial Times of London, and who continues to be a contributor to American Vogue run by a compatriot, Anna Wintour manages to work crocodiles, giant spiders, ! ! I i i h9m yy ,8 and Backpack 37Z H I i . - . Introducino th njn. ISSft ii ,r,:- ii er (36x5623) $164.95 had n O o owning, hiding the money in Swiss bank accounts under fictitious names, then funnelling it back into Australia via Hong Kong. Had the late Mr Holmes a Court succeeded in taking over BHP, he would have won control of Elders IXL. Mr Livermore said the NCA had substantiated claims made by the former Elders IXL executive Mr Ken Jarrett about the bonds which were supposed to be held by Belgian dentists with the help of a Swiss bank official. Mr Jarrett served a six-month prison sentence after pleading guilty in 1995 to Companies Code offences. Mr Livermore said the NCA had been "outlasted and out-resourced" by Mr Elliott and his co-accused in a David versus Goliath battle, but it had not failed to prosecute them successfully, the system had. "Not one of some 130 witnesses ever gave evidence before a jury in this matter," he said. "It's a disgrace and a blight on the system." In August last year, Mr Elliott and two other Elders IXL directors, Mr Peter Scan-Ion and Mr Kenneth Biggins, were acquitted of charges of stealing $66.5 million from Elders IXL shareholders. The Crown case centred on allegations that the money was paid to companies associated with Mr Hawkins in return for him buying BHP shares then disguising it as losses made on a foreign exchange transaction. The case against Mr Elliott and his co-accused collapsed after the trial judge, Justice Frank Vincent, ruled that the NCA had exceeded its powers and excluded as inadmissible almost all the evidence gathered by it Last week, the Victorian Court of Appeal unanimously overturned the ruling. venomous cane toads and pythons into her Aussie impressions even though she, like most people in Sydney, has had no real encounters with any of these creatures. Because the Australian bush is so dangerous, she writes, these are some of the rules that her photographers live by: "Never pose the model lying on grass (fear of redback spiders). Never pose the model outside without sunblock (fear of the diminishing ozone layer). Never, never, pose a model in water other than an inland billabong (a safe waterhole)." It is all good publicity, as Ms Hume gives an affectionate description of a tolerant, lively place. Australia, she says is a country "now widely recognised as the most racially diverse (and peaceful) on Earth". Apart from a few fashion digs, such as complaining about out-of-season stock from some European designer labels, Ms Hume seems happy in her work and her new city. i i r in one) . i ' 3 QD3DDdlte If f 0 t NrFTTH'tr I 'its. , iJ,.,-' "VI V i7cj ' i . , '""7 -1 t It- 14 71 M- .f tie 4 L-m4 - ( L Si? - . rii--"j . ' paiTV -"-4 j 'f , - rz : . .r?--' "-yrl hit A r-??? A- .Frri 1 tI h UJ FO -J 1 ifj j r0 7 p .IjbJ Qfrl : V- JaffM'tfiit --' awW-Sw'fttfrJ-Y,r fin n - unit :ltsUjmM' . t tmJTZS tsti. . ;M tr-ST-' W ';,'-. , i - Here's looking at you . . . faces Should you buy Telstra shares? Leading Financial Adviser, Barry Lambert, will tell you: Why Residential Property is no longer a suitable investment; The better alternative to housing for your investment funds; and About an investment opportunity closing soon projecting 12 income. 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In honour of its 70th birthday, Cato had been asked to transform the exterior of the David Jones store in Elizabeth Street in a way that would make maximum impact in minimum time. He told a few people he should probably have started a job like this a year ao. Exterior building transformations usually involve complex engineering, environmental and structural issues. "It was looking pretty daunting at one point. How were we going to put something up in such a short period of time, and which didn't imolve a lot of engineering? I was on the verge of saying 'It's all too hard, let's wait until the 71st birthday V Cato says. "I can remember sitting there looking at drawings of the building and saying 'All those windows, what the hell are we going to do with those?'",, Then Cato suddenly realised the problem could become the solution. The DJs building is smothered in small-paned windows, many of which no longer serve any illuminating function. So Cato came up with the idea of transforming the windows into a vibrant pictorial collage of 70 years of shopping at David Jones, by placing giant photographs of DJS" customers on the panes as if the customers were looking out. "It's an idea which is pretty special and I have not seen anything like this done before around the world," Cato says. "But I was thinking that the Mmmm history of David Jones is really about the people who shop there, mostly women I guess, and the way they have contributed to David Jones as it is today." Cato is one of Australia's leading designers. Last year he was inducted into the Design Hall of Fame at the Victorian Design Awards, and he was the first Australian to receive an honorary doctorate in design. Cato Design has offices in 10 countries and his more high-profile clients have included the Commonwealth Bank, Australian Airlines. Australia Post, Swan and Cascade breweries. Expo "88, Grace Bros, Dulux and Lindemans. His designs include the controversial Commonwealth Bank logo. For the David Jones display, Cato used both archival footage and photographs of shoppers today, including the redoubtable woman who is DJs" oldest customer. "We have found some wonderful stuff," he says. "The store was very mindful of acknowledging its role in Sydney, and the people who have been loyal customers of the store." He says that although it was a simple idea, logisrically it has been a mammoth task. He needed two processing centres to print the hundreds of photographs, which then had to fit the exact dimension of each eccentrically sized window pane. The photographs had to be attached to the outside of the windows, with adhesive similar to that on a Post-It note. It took two weeks to install the display, which will stay in place throughout the Christmas season, coming down in January , along with the prices.

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