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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 January 2016
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 JANUARY 2016 Dane Bouris accuses police of brutality The son of Celebrity Apprentice host Mark Bouris is in trouble with police again, this time accusing them of brutality after being ejected from a strip club. Dane Bouris, 34, who runs the Morgans Boutique Hotel in Sydney, was arrested at 4.50 am on Sunday morning after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with security at Hollywood Showgirls on the Gold Coast. Bouris later posted a picture of himself with the caption: "GC weak (expletive) cops bashed me for no reason, no charges ... It aint right." But Superintendent Craig Hanlon of Gold Coast police said there was no evidence to support Bouris' allegations and said no complaint had been received. The manager of Holly- wood Showgirls is backing police, telling The Daily Telegraph any injuries to the man "who went apeshit" probably occurred inside the venue over the several minutes it took security staff to evict him. Supt Hanlon said Bouris was being restrained by security and had blood coming from a cut to the back of his head when police arrived. Brandon Christopoulos and Jesse Edwards, 19, have lost their lives during a road trip to Queensland Two Victorian teenagers have been killed during a road trip to Queensland. Brandon Christopoulos and Jesse Edwards, both 19, were driving through north-western NSW on Saturday 26 December along with their three friends, with plans to spend New Year’s Eve on the Gold Coast and relive their schoolies experience the year before. But less than 12 hours into their trip on early Sunday morning, the footballers from local clubs in Hoppers Crossing and Werribee came off the Newell Highway, their car hitting a tree near Narrabri, just west of Tamworth. Along with the two tragic deaths, another passenger Damien McKenzie was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition, while the other two sustained injuries. Dane Bouris claims he was bashed by police. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM. Both Brandon and Jesse have had their lives tragically cut short too soon. Brandon, the youngest in a family of five and the only son, was a talented footballer and aspiring carpenter, successfully approved for an apprenticeship just before Christmas to follow his dream. Described as a kind-hearted and funny young man, in an interview with Fairfax Media his eldest sister Rhiannon Stephens recalled her brother's positive nature. "He would not say a bad word about anybody. Regardless of what was going on, he just turned everything into a joke so people would laugh and smile with him," she said. With the family naturally still in shock, she said "I think we still feel that he's just away, and that any minute he's just going to walk through the door". According to NSW Police Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, the accident has partly been attributed to fatigue, Brandon Christopoulos was well on the way to fulfilling his dreams. PHOTO: SOMA.TODAY. as the boys had been taking turns to drive. "The fourth driver in the sequence had been driving for two hours, obviously fell asleep fatigued, rolled the vehicle and killed himself and the other passenger in the front seat," said the commissioner. An impromptu memorial was held last Monday for the families of Brandon and Jesse, with hundreds turning out to leave tributes and flowers in memory of the two young men. Sources: The Age, Geelong Advertiser Xenophon demands answers for Dick Smith collapse ‘It’s about time we put the blowtorch on some of these private equity firms’ Senator Nick Xenophon has called for an independent inquiry into the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the company which "made a killing" after floating Dick Smith Holdings for $520 million. Standing outside a Dick Smith store in Adelaide this week, the senator told reporters "some real questions [have] to be asked here about our level of corporate governance, and if our watchdogs have acted adequately or not”. Senator Xenophon said a Senate inquiry was required to get to the bottom of the affair. "There seems to have been a systemic failure of our corporate regulatory structure, whether it's the case of the watchdog, the auditors, or the private equity firm which made a killing when they floated Dick Smith just two years ago, whether they should be held accountable. "The fact is, this shouldn't have happened. The employees of this company deserve answers." Private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners (ACP) floated Dick Smith in December 2013 at $2.20 a share, valuing the company at $520 million. Its shares closed at 35.5 cents after a trading halt and a receiver and administrator were appointed soon after. Senator Xenophon denied he was blaming ACP but said the equity firm owes shareholders, employees and customers an explanation. "There's the immediate issue of the 3,300 employees of Dick Smith who deserve to have a secure future. And to the tens of thousands of consumers who've been left in the lurch because vouchers and lay-bys may not be honoured. "It's important that the company that made $400 million when floating Dick Smith ... ought to stump up the funds to ensure employees and customers aren't left in the lurch. "I think it's about time we put the blowtorch on some of these private equity firms. It could well be all within the law, but if that's the case - maybe the law needs to be changed." DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Two teens killed in road trip crash Nick Xenophon talking to reporters in Adelaide on Wednesday.
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