Saturday August 24 2013

– The man accused of stabbing a high-ranking policeman near Geelong has a history of psychosis and should be psychiatrically assessed as soon as possible, a court has heard.
Damien Power appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday charged with three offences.
It is alleged he stabbed Senior Sergeant David Reither a number of times in the back.
According to police, Senior Sergeant Reither saw a man and woman arguing in a car on Midland Highway at Batesford and intervened about 9pm on Wednesday.
It is alleged Mr Power, 23, stabbed the senior sergeant before fleeing into paddocks where he was arrested about four hours later.
Senior Sergeant Reither was flown to The Alfred Hospital in a serious condition.
His condition was reported as stable.
Senior Sergeant Reither was in his first week of work at the Ballarat police station after transferring from Geelong. He’d spent many years as a detective in Geelong’s Criminal Investigation Unit.
Mr Power, of Grovedale, is charged with causing serious injury.
Magistrate Kay Robertson was told he was deemed unfit to be interviewed after his arrest and was transported to Melbourne.
The case would return to Geelong Magistrates Court for Mr Power’s next appearance, the court was told.
Legal Aid solicitor Sarah Westwood told the court that Mr Power had several custody management issues including a history of recent psychosis.
It was his first time in custody and he posed a significant risk of self-harm, she said. Mr Power made no application for bail – Paul Anderson


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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