Paramedics attend to Michael Kimmorley after he was hit by a four-wheel-drive Photo: Supplied Jye Bond, 14, saw Michael Kimmorley being run down. Photo: Emma Partridge
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Tension had been simmering on Noakes Parade for some time before Michael Kimmorley was hit by a four-wheel-drive and nearly killed.

Friends and family say he walked over to a neighbouring house at Lalor Park in Sydney’s west just after 7pm on Australia Day to defend a couple of teenagers who had been caught up in a dispute.

A few words were exchanged, an engine was revved and, seconds later, Mr Kimmorley, 42, was hit and catapulted into a blue, parked car.

Fairfax Media has viewed a video of the moment Mr Kimmorley was hit.

Neighbours screamed, some ran to his aid.

Police will then allege he was run over again – twice.

Witnesses called triple zero, and paramedics arrived and treated Mr Kimmorley for injuries to his leg and foot. He was taken to Westmead Hospital, where he remained in a serious condition on Wednesday.

Neighbour Daniel Horvath, 24, was arrested at Blacktown police station a short time later and was charged with attempted murder, intimidation and traffic offences.

Mr Horvath appeared before Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday afternoon.

He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

He is next expected to appear before Penrith Local Court on April 1.

Police also seized the four-wheel-drive, which will be forensically examined.

Jye Bond, 14, watched the ordeal unfold and said his stepfather rushed to Mr Kimmorley’s aid.

“Mick went flying about three metres up in the air and then hit head-first on the ground,” he said

“My stepdad was trying to move [Mick] off the road and [the car] went straight over Mick’s legs again, while my stepdad was holding his arms,” Jye said.

Jye described Mr Kimmorley as his uncle and said he had been visiting from Oberon for Australia Day.

He is due to be married on February 20, but on Thursday he remained in hospital with serious injuries.

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Michael Varnum has been found guilty of assault. Photo: Darren Pateman Peter Lalor was left with headaches, nausea and dizziness for six weeks after the assault. Photo: Darren Pateman
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Peter Lalor recovering in hospital in February last year. Photo: Peter Stoop PAS

Former police officer and cricketer Michael Varnum has been found guilty of assaulting an opposing player with his cricket bat.

Varnum, a former police sergeant and first grade cricketer, had pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm after being accused of hitting Jewells Tavern Beavers bowler Peter Lalor twice over the head whilst playing for Merewether in the B5 City and Suburban competition.

A hearing last year heard Varnum and Mr Lalor had had a mid-wicket collision as Varnum was attempting a run, the Newcastle Herald reports.

Beavers teammates of Lalor’s gave evidence that they saw Varnum lift his bat above his head and strike Mr Lalor as the bowler lay prone on the ground.

Varnum said there was no deliberate act and his bat might have come into contact with Mr Lalor’s head as he jumped over him to complete the run.

But on Wednesday magistrate Robert Stone described Varnum as appearing “arrogant” and “almost cocky” compared to the evidence given by Mr Lalor and members of the Beavers.

Mr Stone found Varnum had twice struck Mr Lalor in the head after the pair had collided as Varnum had attempted a run.

The blows led to Mr Lalor requiring nine sutures and led to more than six weeks of headaches, nausea and dizziness.

Mr Stone found Varnum guilty and adjourned the matter until March.

Mr Lalor said outside court that he was relieved with the decision.

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Is coal on the way out? Many believe so. Many want it to be so.
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Rio Tinto’s sale of coal assets has raised questions about whether the mining gianthas concerns about the industry’s future.

It sold its Bengalla open-cut coal mine in the Hunter last September for US$606 million ($864 million).

On Wednesday, it announced the sale of its Mount Pleasant coal reserves in the Hunter for US$224 million($320 million).

Coal has been a lower priority for Rio since a big fall in prices began in 2011.

The boom in coal was a long one. While some in the industry have played down recent price falls as cyclical, others are forecasting its doom.

Adam Lucas, a climate change researcher,said recently“the current coal woes are just the beginning”, adding thatAustralia’s failure to reassess its commitment to coal would have serious negative consequences for the economyas well as the healthof millions of people and the global environment.

Mark Diesendorf, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at University of NSW, said recently that: “Coal is on the way out”.

He added that: “The debate is how fast and what policies would speed up the transition”.

The fact companies remain willing to pay big dollars for coal mines suggests the resourcehas quite a bit of life left in it.

A report from the International Energy Agency last yearpredictedsouth-east Asian demand for coal would triple in the coming 25 years.

The company that bought the Mount Pleasant project is linked to Indonesia’s Salim Group – a major conglomerate.

The Minerals Council of Australia said coal accounted for 80 per cent of electricity generation in NSW and 73 per cent in Queensland.It said it was easy to take for granted that coal kepthouseholds, industry, hospitals, trains, schools, shopsand entertainment providers operational.

It added that coal would “remain the mainstay of our electricity generation”.“Reducing our reliance on coal would have negative consequences on the reliability and cost of supply.”

But as prices fall, jobsvanishandprofits sink, as climate change forecasts worsen and as renewable energy sources become cheaper and more powerful,the pressure continues to grow on the industry and those who depend on it.

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House of the week: Merewether TweetFacebook House of the week: MerewetherTri-level living on the beachNewcastle’s magnificent beach strip sets the stage for this innovative tri-level property in Merewether.
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The home has been designed to take full advantage of the views – and the sea breeze – from its commanding position at 80 Hickson Street.

With unobstructed views of the beaches and city skyline, the house has been built with luxury and versatile living in mind.

The home is self-contained on each level, offering multiple living options.

There are two kitchens with top-of-the-range appliances, two large sunrooms overlooking Burwood Beach bluff, two open-plan lounge and dining areas, generous storage throughout and a cinema room with a projector.

Large, open bedrooms on both the top and entry levels have ocean views and are serviced by two bathrooms and a laundry.

The lower level is self-contained with a separate entry, a kitchenette, laundry, bathroom, walk-in robe, deck access and ocean views. It would be ideal for a teenager or to create extra income as an investment.

A leafy walkway at the back of the block leads to a covered gazebo surrounded by gardens.

The property’s other features include ducted and zoned air-conditioning, high-quality floorboards and tiling, downlights throughout and a video intercom.

The area is family-friendly with quality primary and secondary schools. Cafes and major shopping centres are a short drive away.

Suburb: Merewether

Address: 80 Hickson St

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I was cruisin’ the hard-bitten streets of Newcastle the other day, doing what many of us do around one 1pm in this gritty city –gettinglunch.
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And as I did so, I was partaking in a time-honoured lunchbreak tradition observed shamelessly throughout the workingworld–that is, I was bitchingabout work.

Better out than in they say, although, if you listen to someone bitch about work long enough, you start to wonder.

Feelings matter, but apparently not the feelings of the person you vent to, because typically, it’s not the most objective conversation.

But that’s life, eh.

Anyhow, my levels offrustration were high and inadvertently I remarked to my walking companion that I was so frustrated with some aspect of my occupation that I could, and I hesitate toquote myself but will because what followed next is pretty funny,“kill someone”.

Now this sounds shocking, I know, but honestly, there was nointent in there at all. It was just a turn of phrase.

And how often do the screws down at Long Bay hear that?

Quite obviously someone needed a hug, but let’s not overplay the threat I represented.Compared to what came next.

Without missing a beat, a voice chimed in from over my left shoulder, and suggested in a friendly, can-do manner: “Two thousand bucks can sort that out.”

I’m not sure what shocked me most.

The fact that it could have been construed that humble, little meek old me was busking for a hit man.

The fact that the price was, even to my budget-conscious mind, startlingly gettable if you were that way inclined.

Or the fact that this guy seemed to know what he was talking about. A real facilitator.

We’d only been on our way to get lunch, for heaven’s sake.

I’d only been partaking in that time-honoured lunch-breaktradition of shamelessly bitching about work.

I might have mentioned murder, with metaphorical intent,but I certainly hadn’t meant to put it out for tender.

And now here was an individual oozing, now that I think of it,a fresh appreciation for the outside, suggesting there were ways to make a crust other than being a frustrated nine-to-five wage slave.

So I laughed at old mate, just a little bit concerned who the joke might be on, and emphasised that I had been joking.


Which probably wouldn’tread too well legally, off a transcript, if it cameto that, when juxtaposed with the notion that I wasalleging that Iwas honestly joking about killing someone.

To which he replied without skipping another beat: “Well, then you’re under arrest for soliciting homicide.”

Which generatedanother round of nervous chuckles, mainly from me, because I suddenly wasn’texactly sure ifhe wasn’t an undercover detective.

Because he seemed prettyeloquentin the ways of the law, in his thong, stubbies and t-shirt.

As if he might have a bit of firsthand experience with the double-edged sword, nay shiv, of the justice system.

So with those thoughts running through my mind,I did what any white collar pussy confronted with potentially the realities of life on the street would do in that time-honoured tradition – I peeled off in the opposite direction,at pace.

Then I looked at my lunchtime companion, who I’d previously been bitching to, and wondered, entrapment style,if hewas wired.

I certainly was, contemplating whether or not I was guilty of at least a thought crime.

The main one being the thought thatI thought I was supposed to be the good guy.

Part of the solution. Not the problem.

Which is probably another thing that probably wouldn’t read too well off a transcript.

Hello Michael Douglas from the movie Falling Down.

If any cadavers turned up at work after lunch my alibi would be shot to pieces.

Anyhow, we headed off to lunch and mused about the people that you meet when you’re walking down the street, particularly down the West End of Hunter Street these days,and how you should keep your voice down.

And I swear on my mother’s grave, which may not be the wisest choice of words under the circumstances (thankfully mum is still alive), that I was not organising to whack anyone.

Although someone else might have been.

Strangely enough,next day news broke that a man had been arrested in the same part of the town with a sawn-off shotgun under his tracksuit top.

And no, it hadn’t been me.

But you had to wonder whether or not it was old mate.