News

Accused paedophile in hospital with self-inflicted wound

A FORMER St John's College, Woodlawn, teacher charged with 36 child sex offences against former students could face a bedside hearing this morning after suffering a self-inflicted stab wound.

When Richard O'Connor failed to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday to answer the charges, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Lismore Local Court heard yesterday O'Connor was a patient at Lismore Base Hospital.

"The hospital refuses to release him due to his medical condition for up to three days," police prosecutor Sergeant Peter Costin-Neilsen said.

Sgt Costin-Neilsen said O'Connor was under police guard in hospital.

"At this stage all I can tell the court is that he is suffering a stab wound, a self inflicted stab wound so I'm told," he said.

He asked Magistrate David Heilpern to consider having a bedside hearing.

Mr Heilpern said: "I am aware there is considerable public interest in this matter."

He noted the packed court gallery and the fact some spectators waited all day on Monday for O'Connor to appear.

"They won't be able to be present at a bedside hearing," he said.

Mr Heilpern listed O'Connor's bedside hearing for 2.30pm yesterday.,

However, it was cancelled because O'Connor was still being treated in hospital.

Lismore police Inspector Bill McKenna said: "It is anticipated that he will appear before the court tomorrow."

Topics:  lismore local court paedophile st john's college woodlawn



Run of woes impact on Lismore Base

Westpac Rescue Helicopter at Lismore Base Hospital.

New allegations another hit for major regional hospital

'Hunted like game': nude beach creeps prompt calls for safety

Residents have made calls for beachgoers to report sexual harassment to local police.

Calls for beachgoers to report sexual harassment to the local police

Stan our man for Archibald Prize

Stan Gilchrist in front of the portrait  East Ballina artist Brett Belot will enter in the Archibald Prize later this year.

Local face to be entered in prestigious national art prize

Local Partners

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Comedy production hits Rochdale stage

Thoroughly relishing their roles as the three crotchety old veterans (performed by Co Gray Wilson, Jason Smith and John Taylor), they provide fascinating individual insights into three proud men who despite their frailties are determined be adventurous and joyful to the end.

Heroes is a comedy play by Gerald Sibleyras.

Stan our man for Archibald Prize

Stan Gilchrist in front of the portrait  East Ballina artist Brett Belot will enter in the Archibald Prize later this year.

Local face to be entered in prestigious national art prize

Mandy and Ellen will be just women like us in Nimbin

DUO: Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their hit show Women Like Us to Nimbin.

Hit comedy show heading towards Nimbin

Chicago comes to Bangalow

CELL BLOCK TANGO: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in a scene from the 2002 film Chicago.

The next production by Bangalow Theatre Company

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!