The Courier-Mail

Whale may have hit swim­mer

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is a law unto him­self” and he de­served a jail term be­cause he kept re­of­fend­ing.

Spizzirri (pic­tured) has 22 con­vic­tions for dis­qual­i­fied driv­ing and five for un­li­censed driv­ing. Spizzirri’s ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal history was ten­dered to the court ahead of an ap­peal hear­ing on Septem­ber 14. He did soli­tary con­fine­ment in jail be­cause of his links to the Finks out­law bikie gang.

When Spizzirri was sen­tenced on March 18, the pros­e­cu­tor told the court Spizziri had no re­spect for the law: “When he gets in a car he’s ba­si­cally just point­ing his fin­ger up to the courts and say­ing: ‘There you go, I’m driv­ing again. What can you do?’ ” THERE were fears last night that a fe­male pad­dle­boarder had dis­ap­peared af­ter a close en­counter with a whale on the NSW north coast.

The woman was last seen about 1pm pad­dling in rough seas be­tween two whales about 500m off Hast­ings Point, north of By­ron Bay.

When one of the whales she was near breached, an on­looker lost sight of her.

The on­looker alerted po­lice, who last night had not lo­cated the woman.

Po­lice were un­sure if she re­turned to shore safely or was still miss­ing.

The woman was de­scribed as wear­ing an or­ange bikini, and po­lice said she could have left the area with­out be­ing seen.

No­body had been re­ported miss­ing as of last night and a po­lice spokesper­son said the sit­u­a­tion would be re­assessed this morn­ing.

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