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Kingswood assault, robbery: Woman attacked walking to work



The husband of a Sydney woman knocked unconscious in a vicious attack on her way to work says his wife was “left in the gutter for dead” for just $30 in her wallet.

Jeffrey Pearse said wife Mikako is so traumatised by Wednesday morning’s attack by two men near Kingswood station in western Sydney that she doesn’t want to return to work or walk to the station anymore.

Jeffrey Pearse said wife Mikako is so traumatised by Wednesday morning’s attack by two men near Kingswood station in western Sydney that she doesn’t want to return to work or walk to the station anymore. (Nine)

Mrs Pearse was punched so hard she has no memory of the assault, which police have described as “horrific”.

It was only after she regained consciousness and got herself home that police checked CCTV and discovered she’d been attacked.

Mrs Pearse was punched so hard she has no memory of the assault, which police have described as “horrific”. (Supplied)

Mr Pearse said he was “traumatised” when his wife arrived home with a battered face and pleaded for help catching the two men.

“She was covered in blood, all over her shirt and jacket, and dripping blood from a cut on her cheek,” he said.

“She had blood running all over her face, I had to get a towel to try and stop the bleeding.

Mr Pearse said he was “traumatised” when his wife arrived home with a battered face from the train station, and pleaded for help catching the two men. (Nine)

“She has no memory from when the guys attacked her until when she got home.

“I just want them caught. Help me get these guys.”

Mrs Pearse was treated in hospital and is now recovering at home.

Her husband said the couple always believed Mrs Pearse was safe walking to the station.

Mr Pearse said his wife was a “beautiful” person who “didn’t deserve this to happen”.

In CCTV, the victim is seen walking when two men set upon her with one punching her in the face and knocking her to the ground. (9News)

He added he was “disturbed” he wasn’t there to protect her.

Police released the harrowing footage the 5am bashing, as part of an appeal to catch the two men.

In the video, one man is seen hitting Mrs Pearse in the face, knocking her to the ground.

The pair then stole her backpack, containing a wallet and mobile phone, before fleeing.

Detective Inspector Jason Pietruszka said police believe the attack was random and said the “force used is horrific”.

“This was a one-punch attack on a defenceless 50-year-old woman,” Det. Insp. Pietruszka said.

The area where the attack happened on Wednesday morning. (Nine)

“Her injuries that she suffered, she was not aware she’s been robbed and assaulted until CCTV footage was seen and depicted the event.

“It’s awful and these people need to be held to account.

“These people need to be taken off the street.

“The injuries are one thing, they will heal, the trauma of what she went though may last a long time.”

The attack happened at intersection of Joseph and Amaroo Streets in Kingswood.

Investigators believe one of the men was riding a bike and both were wearing orange high-vis tops.

They want anybody in the area between 5am and 5.15am on Wednesday to contact them.

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21 Strange Rules That Audiences To Ellen’s Show Have To Abide By




Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian that started her stand-up career in the early 1980s. But it was only when she hosted her own syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003, that catapulted her to the big time. Her show is one of the most popular talk shows in American TV history. It has picked up 61 Daytime Emmy Awards. She came out as a lesbian in 1997, and her romance with actress Anne Heche further sparked interest in her. Well, the rest is history, and Ellen is who she is right now. While her show is tops in popularity, few fans don’t realize that Ellen has certain peculiar rules for her live audience. And her audience better follow them if they intend to stay watching live.
Here are 21 of the strangest rules you have to abide by if you want to watch Ellen live:

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Rare common merganser duck spotted in New York City’s Central Park unable to eat due to plastic on beak



CENTRAL PARK — The New York City Parks Department is working to save a rare duck spotted in Central Park gagging on a piece of plastic.

Bird watchers were excited to see the duck, known as the common merganser, but concerning photos quickly spread on social media.

Despite its name, the common merganser isn’t common in Central Park or Manhattan.

Excitement over the rare bird quickly turned to worry.

One photographer captured a photo of the duck Saturday with a plastic ring jammed in its bill, preventing it from feeding.

“We noticed right away that it had a plastic ring on its bill and going around its neck, so it was in distress, and that’s when we started looking into how we can rescue this bird,” said birder Davit Barrett.

The social media posts prompted park rangers to launch a rescue mission on and around Central Park Lake.

Teams have been out on the lake where the duck was found several times, but they have had no luck finding it.

“These are beautiful birds, and it is suffering,” Barrett said. “It isn’t going to come around for feeding and it’s not going to be lured in to feed out of your hand, it’s very leery of people.”

Experts worry a happy ending may not be realistic at this point. The bird will be very tired by now, and rendered nearly lame by pollution, it will likely become food for prey.

“This affects wildlife every day, if we’re co-existing with wildlife here in New York, we have to be better about where we put our plastic,” urban park ranger Jill Lim said.

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Times Square Offices Of Canadian Fashion Designer Peter Nygard Raided In Sex Trafficking Investigation



Federal and law enforcement agents raided the midtown offices of a Canadian fashion designer Tuesday in connection with a sex trafficking investigation, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Officers from the FBI and NYPD were spotted Tuesday at the Times Square offices of Peter Nygard, the founder of Nygard International.

The New York Times reported that earlier this month, “a federal lawsuit was filed by separate lawyers in New York on behalf of 10 women accusing Mr. Nygard of sexual assault. The lawsuit claims that Mr. Nygard used his company, Nygard International, and employees to procure young victims and ply them with alcohol and drugs.”

Among other allegations in the civil class action lawsuit, Nygard is accused of coercing his victims — whom he called “girlfriends” — to have sex with other men, and of keeping a database of pictures and information of more than 7,500 underage girls and women dating back to 1987 on his company’s corporate server, maintained by the Nygard Companies’ corporate IT department.

A call to Nygard’s representative Ken Frydman was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Frydman told ABC News in a statement, “Nygard welcomes the federal investigation and expects his name to be cleared. He has not been charged, is not in custody and is cooperating with the investigation.”

The lawsuit alleges that Nygard used his estate in the Bahamas called Nygard Cay for so-called “pamper parties” where he “recruited, lured, and enticed young, impressionable, and often impoverished children and women, with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modeling opportunities to assault, rape, and sodomize them.” He allegedly paid off officials and company employees to “groom and entice underage girls and women” by “means of alcohol, drugs, force, fraud and/or other forms of coercion to engage in commercial sex acts with these children and women, and, in many cases, with knowledge that they were less than eighteen years old.”

He threatened his victims to stay quiet, the lawsuit alleges: “Nygard used his financial resources, influence, power in the Bahamas, and psychological manipulation to intimidate his victims and to ensure that his crimes were not reported. Those of his ‘girlfriends’ who tried to leave him were harassed and threatened by Bahamian police who were on Nygard’s payroll (and who were paid with Nygard Companies’ United States currency).”

Nygard International and Nygrard Holdings Limited are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

The New York Times also reported that Nygard’s neighbor in the Bahamas, hedge fund founder Louis Bacon, had been embroiled in ongoing disputes with him and helped gather evidence of sex trafficking: “Investigators and lawyers tied to Mr. Bacon offered Nygard associates generous incentives to build an abuse case against the Canadian — Cartier jewelry, a regular salary or a year’s rent in a gated community, according to documents and interviews. Smaller payments filtered down to some accusers, which could be used to undermine their credibility in any court case or investigation.”

Nygard’s spokesman told the New York Times that Bacon was trying to take him down with false accusations: “Ken Frydman, his spokesman, denied all the claims and said Mr. Bacon had spent more than a decade trying ‘to smear Peter Nygard by coercing women to fabricate and manufacture sordid stories about him.’ Mr. Nygard also accused Mr. Bacon in a lawsuit of masterminding a conspiracy ‘to plant a false story’ in The Times about sexual misconduct.”

Nygard has not been arrested or charged, the U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed.

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