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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 27 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 28, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Keeping it all in La Famiglia THE spirit behind the La Famiglia statue in Five Dock is on show at the new Concord library until Sunday. The exhibition features works by acclaimed Italian artist Antonio Masini, the sculptor of La Famiglia, unveiled in Stevensons Reserve this month. The bronze sculpture symbolises the courage of migrants who started a new life in Australia. Masini is from Canada Bay's sister city of San Fele, Italy. His works are found in collections across the world. Masini's wife -- Chilean artist Minerva Ramirez de la Barra -- is also taking part in the exhibition, which features more than 40 oil paintings and watercolours. Concord library is at 60 Flavelle St. Phone 9911 6120. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP183669 Mothers' tiff ends in blood STEPHEN RYAN court reporter AN argument between two mothers may have led to the brutal stabbing and bashing of two men at Croydon Park, a court has heard. One of the victims, 21, was dragged from a Georges River Rd home and punched, kicked and stabbed by four men on August 15, police facts stated. Both he and his 20-year-old friend, who was also stabbed, were taken to hospital for emerg- ency surgery. The 21-year-old was stabbed six times to the legs and groin area while the other victim was stabbed twice, with one of the wounds puncturing a lung. Mohammed El Omar, 19, was arrested at his Brunker Rd, Yagoona, home last week and charged with aggravated break and enter and two counts of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm. Police facts stated that Mr El Omar admitted that his mother had an argument with one of the victim's mothers on the day of the stabbings, but he told police that his mother could sort out her own problems. Defence solicitor Elie Rahme told Bankstown Court there was a possibility his client had been working as a security guard at Bankstown Square at the time of the incident. ''It is not an overwhelming case,'' Mr Rahme said. ''There is some evidence that might shed some doubt on his attendance there.'' Magistrate Vivian Swain re- fused bail and said the pros- ecution case ''is a strong one''. Mr El Omar, who did not enter any pleas, will appear in Burwood Court on September 17. No other arrests had been made at the time of going to press. Medals for crash heroes TWO Ashbury men who rescued strangers from a burning car moments before it exploded will be awarded a medal for bravery. Richard Cooper and Martin Langham were driving in Mascot in October 2003 when they were struck by another car after it ran a red light. The other vehicle slammed into a tree and parts of it burst into flames. When Mr Cooper and Mr Langham ran to the scene, they saw that the driver and the front passenger were trapped in the car which was filling with thick black smoke. They managed to undo the front passenger's seat belt and, despite the choking effects of the smoke and poor visibility, they lifted him out and dragged him to safety. One of the man's legs was on fire and Mr Langham smothered the flames with his body. The two men then went back to the wreckage and pulled the driver out. With his bare hands, Mr Langham smothered sections of the man's body that were on fire. Sadly the man had died on impact. Moments later the car exploded. The men will be presented with their medals at a later date.
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