Ex- footy star on blackmail charge
CONSTRUCTION union organiser and former Canberra Raiders star John Lomax has been charged with blackmail.
Lomax, 49, of Harrison, was arrested yesterday morning by the police taskforce attached to the royal commission into trade union corruption.
ACT police said his arrest was “in relation to the Canberra hearings” of the royal commission.
Lomax, who also played for the Cowboys, has b e e n c h a r g e d with one count of blackmail.
He was g r a n t e d watch house bail and will face the ACT Magistrates Court on August 5.
Lomax ( pictured) is the third person to have been ar- pening,” Cr Eddiehausen said.
The Northern Territory’s Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Act 2005 provides for the relocation of users to safe places and the making of court orders for mandatory treatment.
Cr Eddiehausen said the abuse of volatile substances, which included glue, paint, and fuels, was a common trend among the city’s most prolific youth offenders, and more needed to be done.
“If we don’t do something we risk losing a whole generation to these substances,” he said. rested by the police task force attached to the commission, and the second to be arrested in relation to the hearings in Canberra.
Former CFMEU organiser Halafihi “Fihi” Kivalu was arrested last week and has pleaded not guilty to two charges of blackmail.
Lomax was due to give evidence before the royal commission next week. It is now unclear whether he will attend.