Sepp Blat­ter in sex claim

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THE sex as­sault al­le­ga­tions swirling around the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try could be spread­ing to sport, with new claims about dis­graced for­mer FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter.

He has been ac­cused of in­ap­pro­pri­ately “grab­bing” US goal­keeper Hope Solo at the Bal­lon d’Or cer­e­mony in 2013.

In an in­ter­view with a Por­tuguese news­pape, the World Cup win­ner claimed, “I had Sepp Blat­ter grab my ass”.

Blat­ter, 81, who ran the sport’s world gov­ern­ing body from 1998 to 2015, told the news­pa­per that the al­le­ga­tion was “ridicu­lous”.

While Hop­per per­son­ally apol­o­gised in the pre-sen­tence District Court con­fer­ence, Dorothy be­lieves the 33-yearold was mainly sorry she got caught.

“It was a lit­tle har­row­ing but un­for­tu­nately she hurt me so much that I didn’t feel much affin­ity with her what­so­ever,” Dorothy told the

yes­ter­day. The Abo­rig­i­nal restora­tive jus­tice con­fer­ence – de­signed to give of­fend­ers em­pa­thy for their vic­tims – re­vived mem­o­ries of the Sun­day that changed Dorothy’s life.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing home from church to find Hop­per hid­ing in­side, Dorothy was hurled to the ground, be­fore the woman re­peat­edly kicked and threat­ened her.

Hop­per, who was high on metham­phetamines, fled with $550 in bill money and $20,000 of mostly-unin­sured jew­ellery, which she traded for drugs. She then sent a text mes­sage to a friend that read: “Ring me now … we’ve hit the mother lode”.

Judge Gor­don Bar­rett im­posed a non-pa­role pe­riod of three years and nine months for the at­tack on the “ut­terly de­fence­less” grand­mother who lived alone in her fam­ily home of 44 years.

“She crawled into the lounge­room where you tried to put a re­clin­ing chair down on her, say­ing that she should shut up or you would kill her,” Judge Bar­rett told Hop­per dur­ing sen­tenc­ing.

“You came and put one of your feet on top of her back and you kicked her again, push­ing her right down on the ground.

“As you were at­tack­ing her, she ac­tu­ally thought that you were go­ing to kill her. She stayed on the floor un­til you left.”

Dorothy lost “re­ally pre­cious” items in­clud­ing her grand­mother’s opal pen­dant, ring and ear­rings and rare 50c coins, and had been left hy­per­vig­i­lant and se­cu­rity-con­scious.

But she said an out­pour­ing of com­mu­nity sup­port helped re­store her faith in strangers.

“There are so many good peo­ple out there who didn’t even know me who rang up or saw me on the street who of­fered help, it just re­stores one’s faith in peo­ple,” she said.

“But I am wary now. I’m al­ways ap­pre­hen­sive and I’ve got to lock ev­ery­thing.

“I have never had to do that in my life and it just feels for­eign to me.”

The grand­mother of four said drug ad­dicts such as Hop­per who stole to fund their ad­dic­tions had no un­der­stand­ing of the harm they caused vic­tims. “They are so fixed on get­ting drugs or what­ever that the per­son who they are about to rob has no mean­ing to them what­so­ever,” she said.

Dorothy said she had only in­sured three of her jew­ellery items, most of which were never re­cov­ered.

“I didn’t think it was go­ing to hap­pen to me so I didn’t in­sure, so what she took there was re­ally noth­ing at all to get back,” she said.

“By the time the de­tec­tives went around there it had all been sold.”

Dorothy heaped praise on vic­tims of crime sup­port and po­lice for go­ing “ab­so­lutely over and above the call of duty” af­ter the trau­matic at­tack.

“They have gone out of their way to look af­ter me and I couldn’t speak more highly of them,” she said.

Other acts of ran­dom kind­ness in­cluded a stranger who re­placed her mo­bile phone and a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion that do­nated $550 to re­place the stolen cash, Dorothy said.

Hop­per also pleaded guilty to the theft of $11,000 worth of jew­ellery from Coober Pedy’s Desert Cave Ho­tel, and a Samsung tablet and mo­dem from a car parked at a Pul­teney St ser­vice sta­tion in May 2016.

Judge Bar­rett said he took into ac­count Hop­per’s trou­bled back­ground of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence that led to her fleeing home at 11, be­fore an abu­sive adult re­la­tion­ship that caused her to be­come ad­dicted to heroin and metham­phetamines in her 20s.

He urged Hop­per to take ad­van­tage of sup­port groups upon her re­lease from prison so that she could re­main drugfree and be re­united with her chil­dren.

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