Thursday September 5 2013

– A fugitive parolee with a long history of gun crime was last night on the run in Melbourne with a mother and her two children.
Gun-loving Simon Hancock, who once shot a pregnant woman in the stomach at a wedding, has been described by police as armed and dangerous. Investigators believe he is travelling with girlfriend Kimberley Perry and her two primary school-aged children.
Hancock, 35, has been at large since he shot up a Lilydale home on three separate occasions during Sunday night and Monday morning. The second two attacks came despite police being called to the earlier shooting.
Detective Inspector Ian Campbell of the Victoria Police Fugitive Squad said it was believed Hancock was still armed and may be in the Yarra Ranges area. He said Hancock should not be approached by members of the public who should, instead, call 000 or Crime Stoppers.
“He is armed yes, and he is dangerous,” Inspector Campbell said.
Despite Hancock being armed, Inspector Campbell said police were not “overly concerned” about Ms Perry and the children. “They have not been attending their local primary school,” Inspector Campbell said.
“We’ve got some concerns that their current state of mind is potentially unstable, but we don’t believe any harm will be undertaken to the children.”
Inspector Campbell said Hancock and Ms Perry, 29, had made no contact wi anyone since Monday.
Hancock is on parole over his September, 2007, shooting of a 16-weeks pregnant woman at his sister’s wedding celebrations.
He had taken a sawn-off .22 calibre rifle to the nuptials in a back pack, before transferring them to the front of his trousers.
Hancock’s victim was lucky not to lose her child when the bullet pierced her womb as she visited a toilet.
Officers from the Special Operations Group arrested him in a mobile interception at Deer Park, in Melbourne’s west, three days later.
On the night before the wedding, while playing cards at the buck’s night, Hancock had produced a gun after a row with one of his opponents. That followed an incident in which he opened fire in front of others as they drank beside the Yarra.
At the time he shot the pregnant woman, Hancock was on bail for firearms offences committed earlier that year.
“He likes his guns and he likes using them,” one police source said.
Hancock is missing part of his leg after it was amputated when he accidentally shot himself in 1998.
He originally claimed he was shot while looking for marijuana, and was later found guilty of making a false report to police.
Hancock bears Nazi tattoos and, at the time of his 2007 arrest, had Nazi posters in his bedroom.
He was once described by police as loathing anyone who was non-white.
During last Sunday night’s first incident, Hancock allegedly opened fire at the Beresford Road home’s doorway after an argument with a 29-year-old resident, who was forced to take evasive action.
The gunman left in a blue Mitsubishi sedan but, after police had attended, more shots were fired at the property. Officers returned and again left, after which another shot was fired at the house.
“The victim of that shooting is well known to both Simon and Kimberley. That has led us to believe, quite strongly, Simon is responsible for the actual shooting,” Inspector Campbell said.
Police have described the matter as a “domestic dispute”, refusing to comment on suggestions the alleged white supremacist’s motives were racist.
– Mark Buttler & Mustafa Nuristani

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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