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AARON Sabbah tried to extort money from a Sydney mechanic he blamed for losing his Mercedes-Benz by threatening him with a large black sex toy, a court has been told.
Sabbah was armed during an attempt to demand money from Michael Monajed, Sydney’s Central Local Court was told during a bail application on Friday.
“What is the alleged arm?” Magistrate Eve Wynhausen asked.
“It’s a black dildo, your honour,” prosecutor Christian Hearn said.
According to court documents Sabbah arrived at Mr Monajed’s workshop on April 22.
“Sabbah … entered the workshop in an intimidating manner with a large black dildo in his right hand, which he was smacking into his left hand continually in an aggressive and threatening manner,” the documents state.
The 39-year-old’s $167,000 Mercedes-Benz had been repossessed in January after he defaulted on a loan.
A week later Sabbah drove the repossessed vehicle away from the car yard where it was being held and took it to Mr Monajed’s Botany workshop to have the brakes replaced.
The next day police spotted Mr Monajed driving the stolen car.
They took back the car and released the mechanic without charge.
In the meantime, Sabbah, who was overseas, rang the mechanic and demanded $10,000 that he estimated was the outstanding loan amount, which turned out to be $112,000.
“You are responsible for losing my car,” court documents allege Sabbah said.
Over the next few weeks Sabbah upped his demand to $30,000 and made threats of violence.
The mechanic bought Sabbah a used Honda for $800, but Sabbah demanded something better.
“Get me a better car, this is a piece of s***,” Sabbah allegedly told Mr Monajed.
During February and March, Sabbah allegedly made more threats of violence and the mechanic paid him cash totalling $4500.
After being threatened with the dildo on April 22, Mr Monajed fled the premises and contacted police. Meanwhile, Sabbah allegedly stole $400 from his desk.
Sabbah was arrested that evening and charged with robbery in company, demanding money with menaces and stealing two vehicles from the mechanic.
He has not been charged with any offences relating to his Mercedes.
His lawyer Peter Givorshner and instructing solicitor Martin Ricci told the court that the police statement of facts indicated Mr Monajed had accepted responsibility for losing the Mercedes and agreed to pay Sabbah.
The magistrate denied Sabbah bail and adjourned the matter to July 18.
Mourners attending a funeral in central Zimbabwe were shocked when the man they had come to bury “returned from the dead.”
Family and friends were filing past a coffin with the remains of Brighton Dama Zanthe, 34, when one of them noticed the dead man’s legs twitching.
One of the mourners, Lot Gaka, who employs Mr Zanthe at his transport company, said: “I was the first to notice Zanthe’s moving legs as I was in the queue to view his body. This shocked me. We called an ambulance immediately. It’s a miracle and people are still in disbelief.”
Mr Zanthe had been unwell for some time and was laid to rest inside a coffin last Monday after “dying” at home the day before.
Mr Zanthe told The Chronicle newspaper, that he has no recollection of how he “died” nor how he was “resurrected,” as his memory only returned when he woke up in a hospital in Gweru 140 miles southwest of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.
“Everything is history to me. What I can only confirm is that people gathered at my house to mourn but I was given another chance and I am alive. I feel OK now.”
- ‘I am hallucinating’, ‘I am stuck in my house because the door’s broken’ and needing to look after sick pets were other excuses given by employees
- Six out of ten bosses don’t believe employees when then call in sick
- Vomiting bugs, viruses and abdominal pains are more likely to be believed than neck or back pain due to a pulled muscle
The average person has skived off work on four occasions in their life to date
We’ve all had those days when we just can’t be bothered to go to work.
And a study of 1,000 workers and 1,000 bosses has discovered that art of excuse making is very much alive and kicking.
Bizarre reasons for missing work included ‘A can of baked beans landed on my big toe’,'My car handbrake broke and it rolled down the hill into a lamppost’ and ‘My dog has had a big fright and I don’t want to leave him.’
One employee rang their manager to say they wouldn’t be in work that day as they were in A&E with a peg stuck on their tongue and another said his mother had died (this was the second time he had used this excuse).
‘I am hallucinating’, ‘I am stuck in my house because the door’s broken’ and ‘I’ve injured myself during sex’ were also cited as reasons to miss work.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results showed that six out of ten employers don’t believe employees’ excuses when they call in sick.
One in four question those who do not sound ill enough or who give flimsy excuses, while factors like the weather being nice or the person seeming fine the day before also arouse suspicion.
A third of bosses scour social media after receiving a sickie call-in to see whether the staff member is well enough to post updates.
Certain excuses, such as vomiting bugs, viruses and abdominal pains are more likely to be believed.
But neck or back pain due to a pulled muscle or fatigue are not seen as worthy reasons to skip work.
Two thirds of bosses still demand their employees ring them when ill and are adamant that a text or email is not tolerated.
The research showed that the average person has skived off work on four occasions in their life to date – faking sickness when they weren’t ill at all.
One in four bosses question those who do not sound ill enough or who give flimsy excuses, while factors such as nice weather or the person seeming fine the day before also arouse suspicion
Gill Landon, development director at Benenden Health, said: ‘In a tough economy, managing sickness absence becomes vital for businesses.
‘But employers are clearly suspicious about days taken off for illness – perhaps not surprising given the varied excuses presented for absence.
‘This is not helped by the fact that for more than a fifth of the sick days taken, workers admitted they could have actually made it into work.’
‘MY TOE IS TRAPPED IN THE BATH TAP ‘… THE FULL LIST OF EXCUSES
A can of baked beans landed on my big toe
I was swimming too fast and smacked my head on the poolside
I’ve been bitten by an insect
My car handbrake broke and it rolled down the hill into a lamppost
My dog has had a big fright and I don’t want to leave him
My hamster died
I’ve injured myself during sex
I slipped on a coin
I’ve had a sleepless night
My mum has died (this was the second time the person used this excuse)
I am hallucinating
I am stuck in my house because the door is broken
My new girlfriend bit me in a delicate place
I burned my hand on the toaster
The dog ate my shoes
My fish is sick
I swallowed white spirit
My toe is trapped in the bath tap
I’m in A&E as I got a clothes peg stuck on my tongue
I drank too much and fell asleep on someone’s floor – I don’t know where I am
My trousers split on the way to work
I’m using a new contact lens solution and my eyes are watering
I have a blocked nose
I’ve had a hair dye disaster
I’ve got a sore finger
Two mothers have been charged with cruelty after leaving their children at a beach bar to go on a Mother’s Day booze cruise, police said.
Billie Jean Williams, 27, and 28-year-old Mary Joyce Daffron were arrested after their children, aged eight and six respectively, went up to staff at Gator Joe’s Bar and Grill in Ocklawaha, Florida and said that their mothers had gone.
The mothers allegedly left their children in the care of a man they had just met while they went on a booze cruise on Lake Weir on Sunday.
The man, named only as John, told police that he knew one of the women from high school, according to a report from Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
He said that Williams and Daffron had both taken off for the booze cruise an hour earlier.
The mothers’ belongings were lying on the beach close to where they left their children playing.
As the booze cruise returned to shore, the two highly intoxicated women fell into the water as they tried to disembark, according to ocala.com.
Williams screamed at her eight-year-old for having the police called and claimed that the young children had been left in the care of a ‘godfather’ – despite the fact neither women knew his last name.
Both women were arrested on Sunday and the two children handed over to relatives.
Williams and Daffron have been charged with cruelty toward child-abuse child without great bodily harm. Daffron faced an extra charge of resisting arrest without violence.
Bail was set at $5,000 for Williams and she was released after posting bond. Daffron remained locked up on Monday after bail was set at $5,500.
Amanda Brennan, 24, was arrested Friday on two counts of luring a child and a count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a Las Vegas Metro police arrest report.
According to police, the parents of a male student at Foothill High School accused the English teacher of suspicious activity with their son.
In the arrest report, the parents’ suspicions were raised when Brennan picked up the boy at their gated neighborhood on Wednesday. The parents, as police were told in the report, did not know Brennan was coming to see the teen and denied permission for the boy to go out with her. Still, the boy and Brennan left together from the neighborhood, according to the report.
Police also stated in the report Brennan returned the boy home past curfew.
Detectives were also looking into the boy’s mobile phone records, which showed about 1,000 text messages between him and a number belonging to Brennan on May 1-9, according to the arrest report.
“We used a variety of different information and sources to determine that a crime was committed. At this point I won’t detail those messages what they are due to the fact they are in the justice system,” said Captain Mitch MaCiszak with the Clark County School Police Department.
Police, in the report, visited the boy at the school on Friday. It was then, in the report, the boy admitted Brennan picked him up at his home two days before despite his parents denying him permission to go out with her.
The boy, in the report, also admitted to a romantic relationship between him and Brennan. He told police in the report they loved each other and there were only two times they kissed.
The boy told police, in the report, that the two only cuddled in the back of her vehicle on the night he was denied permission to go out.
Police, in the report, then interviewed Brennan and admitted that she loved the teen and knew the relationship was wrong.
Brennan, in the report, confessed to another time when he picked up the teen without his parents’ permission. In that instant, she said to police in the report, they sat in the front seat of her vehicle and kissed.
Brennan was booked into Clark County Detention Center on $20,000 bail, according to jail records.
Photographer Dario D bought burgers and tacos from some of the biggest chains in the United States and set them up for a professional standard photo shoot. The difference was clear to see. McDonald’s advert for Big Macs showed a burger so big it wouldn’t fit in the box, while Burger King’s signature Whopper, bottom left, fell flat of expectations.
If you’re going to lock someone up while you burglarize their home, don’t lock them up in their gun closet
Although there are often reports of idiotic burglars who fall asleep or do other unbelievable things while attempting to rob a house, this case might just be the stupidest.
Three burglars entered a man’s home in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon and quickly locked up the man who lived there. They believed they locked him up in a closet, but the closet was actually home to the man’s gun collection.
The man waited for awhile, and then emerged from the closet carrying a gun. He went downstairs to see if the burglars had left, and when he saw one of them, the two began exchanging gunfire.
Though the robber tried shooting the man, the homeowner won the gunfight as he shot the burglar in the shoulder and leg.
Not being a very supportive team, the two other burglars fled the scene in a Chevrolet Tahoe and left their injured accomplice to fend for himself.
The burglar ran out of the house but soon collapsed on the street, crying in pain.
The man, said to be in his 20s, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital for treatment.
Neighbors say burglaries have been on the rise in recent months, the latest being a robbery where thieves kicked down a door.
“What happened today is exactly what guns are supposed to do – to protect your home and defend your life and your family,” neighbor Craig Gaddis said.
Authorities said the man who shot the burglar will not face charges.
Texas’ self-defense law is based on the “castle doctrine,” meaning that the person being attacked does not have a “duty to retreat.”
Deadly force is allowed under the law if the person is being attacked or is trying to defend themselves from an armed person who entered their home.
No need for the double latte down the street: That caffeine could be administered through a patch while you’re polishing those pearlies.
According to the patent application, “The present invention pertains to an oral care implement generally, and more particularly to a toothbrush that releases a chemical into the mouth during use.”
Other uses, aside from a nice boost of caffeine, include a delivery system for drugs, for weight loss or pain, for example.
The toothbrush could also be packed with a dollop of flavor, like berry, green apple, or lemon. Or it could provide an easily administered herbal remedy, such as lavender or chamomile.
The patch would attach to the head of the toothbrush, and a dose of the elixir would be introduced during brushing. The patch would last three months, according to the Daily Mail.
But having a toothbrush that does more than brush your teeth comes with risks: If you haven’t had your caffeine, you could make the mistake of picking up the brush with the chile pepper pack instead–yet another flavor suggested for the toothbrush invention.
“A chemical known as capsaicin, found naturally in chile peppers, can be used to provide a tingle,” suggests the patent application.
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