Ex- footy star on black­mail charge

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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