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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 September 2018
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Neos Kosmos’ journalist Eugenia Pavlopoulou receives Multicultural Award for Excellence The Senior Journalist was among Four Greek Australians awarded for excellence at Victoria’s Multicultural Awards, at Government House Recipients of Victoria's 2018 Multicultural Awards for Excellence were recognised in a special ceremony at Government House on Wednesday night. Among the state's Diversity Heroes were four Greek Australians, who were honoured for their contributions in strengthening the multicultural efforts of the state. Christina Despoteris received an Award for Meritorious Service to the Community. Despoteris, who is also the Vice President of Melbourne's Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, was recognised for her leadership and dedication in engaging the community and promoting Greek culture through various means and initiatives. Senior Sergeants Eugene Kontos and Eftihios Anastasiadis were among the recipients of the police awards. Recognised as "a great example of what community policing is all about", Sergeant Anastasiadis was recognised for the use of his bilingual and cultural skills to facilitate communication and understanding between Victoria Police and the Greek community, and as a result has managed to reinforce a positive police profile. Meanwhile, Sergeant Kon- (L-R) Christina Despoteris, journalist Eugenia Pavlopoulou, Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC, Senior Sergeant Eugene Kontos, and Senior Sergeant Eftihios Anastasiadis. PHOTO: SUPPLIED tos, who has been a member of Victoria Police for close to three decades, was recognised for his significant role in the development of multicultural policy in the context of policing, and managing difficult cross-cultural situations. In the Media category, Neos Kosmos' own senior Journalist Eugenia Pavlopoulou was among the recipients. Having worked in Greeklanguage media for close to two decades, she first started out at Radio 3AB in the early 2000s and has been at Neos Kosmos as a journalist and editor for the past 16 years. She was recognised for helping to highlight issues often overlooked by mainstream media, most recently investigating and writing about the uncertain future of the Modern Greek program at La Trobe University, Victoria's only Greek language program at tertiary level. Ms Pavlopoulou was nominated by Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP. In the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Ms Vamvakinou acknowledged the important role played by ethnic media and reporters the likes of Ms Pavlopoulou. "Representing a culturally diverse electorate, I know how pivotal ethnic media is and how important it is to my communities. Eth- nic media informs and engages Australia's multicultural communities, who are vulnerable to isolation and disconnection because of a lack of education, a lack of English language, age and location. It provides a touch point to them to hear news from their homeland and to discuss mainstream Australian news in their mother tongue," she said. "For almost two decades, Eugenia Pavlopoulou has Voula Delios’ killer found not guilty Daryl Royston Wayne Cook was found to be not guilty due to insanity, and will be held in a secure mental health facility indefinitely The 36-year-old man responsible for stabbing Greek Australian shopkeeper Voula Delios 22 times, has been found not guilty of her murder on the grounds of insanity. The judge instead ordered that Daryl Royston Wayne Cook be held indefinitely in a secure mental health facility. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, the trial heard that Mr Cook was in the grips of a psychotic episode when the attack took place in July 2016. At the time, Mr Cook believed the North Hobart shopkeeper was a "heathen" that God wanted him to kill. "I dragged her behind some shelving so she wouldn't be visible and someone would sound the alarm so I could take the cash as well. I went in there to hit the heathens and also to get some cash as well," Mr Cook told police. He stole $300, which he spent on drugs. Mr Cook also revealed that Mrs Delios was not his only target, and that he intended to kill another person the next day. He admitted to having shaved his beard so that he wouldn't be con- The victim, Voula Delios, with her son in their store in Hobart. nected to the murder. According to the Direc- tor of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Daryl Coates and defence lawyer Rochelle Mainwaring, two forensic psychiatrists agreed that Mr Cook was so mentally unwell at the time, that he did not know that what he was doing was wrong. "The crime where Mrs Delios was brutally killed has no apparent sane reason," Mr Coates told the jury. "Two eminently qualified psychiatrists have given evidence that the accused was suffering a mental illness — schizophrenia — that he was psychotic … incapable of rationalising what he was doing was wrong. "They are both very experi- enced experts in their fields and both have concluded that he had delusions and as a result of those he could not rationalise that what he was doing was wrong. "There's absolutely no expert evidence to the contrary." It took the jury almost four hours to find Mr Cook not guilty. The victim's family were visibly upset following the verdict, reported the ABC, Mrs Delios' daughter crying as she left the court. "She's not going to come back no matter what the verdict is," she said. committed herself to Melbourne's Greek-speaking community ... As a bilingual journalist, she continues to produce important work that has increased awareness and understanding of multicultural affairs in Victoria and driven change in Melbourne's Greek Australian community at a national level. I want to congratulate Eugenia for the work that she does. The award she receives tonight is highly deserved." Recipients across 10 categories were formally awarded on Wednesday by Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau AC. Now in its 17th year, the Multicultural Awards for Excellence are coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission on behalf of the Victorian Government. Also present to acknowledge the recipients and their work was Commission Chairperson Helen Kapalos, Anthony Howard QC, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, Acting Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Shane Patton AMP, Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley MP, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich, President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson MLC, and VMC Commissioners.
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