FALL FROM FOOTY FAME – Friday May 3 2013

– A former AFL player kept a handwritten journal detailing his venture into drugs and involvement in two Geelong shootings, a court has heard.
Detective Senior Constable Adam Radley told a bail hearing yesterday that William (Billy) Nicholls’ journal was found at his Corio home.
He said the diaries also contained stories about Nicholls’ AFL career and about his marriage.
Nicholls, 32, is charged with multiple counts intentionally and recklessly causing serious injury and reckless conduct endangering life. He is also charged with firearms offences and the retention of stolen goods.
Senior Detective Radley said Nicholls was arrested on April 26th following an investigation into the January 8th shooting of Scott Sheppard at Myrtle Grove, North Shore. He said CCTV at Mr Sheppard’s property showed that at 5:33pm, a dark Holden ute, driven by Mr Sheppard and carrying a passenger, stopped there.
“A maroon-coloured BMW sedan driven by (the) alleged co-offender and with Mr Nicholls in the front passenger seat pulled up behind it,” he told the court.
“At 5:40pm, footage showed Mr Nicholls and the co-accused exiting the house with Nicholls holding a handgun and swapping it to the other hand as they returned to the BMW.”
Senior Detective Radley said the second shooting charge against Nicholls related to a man being shot in the leg at Geelong on June 12th last year.
“While neither of the shooting victims have made statements, (the) co-accused has incriminated Mr Nicholls as the person who shot Mr Sheppard,” he said.
Magistrate Michael Coghlan refused bail. Nicholls was remanded in custody to appear at a committal mention hearing at Geelong Magistrates Court on September 20th.
Nicholls played 16 games for Hawthorn and Richmond from 2001-04 – Karen Matthews


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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