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Women denies trying to kill sex offender

A woman who allegedly tried to murder former cycling coach and convicted sex offender Warwick Phillips has been ordered to stand trial.
In the Supreme Court this morning the woman, 20, pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder.
She further denied one aggravated count of causing serious harm with intent, and one aggravated count of assault.
Court documents allege the offences occurred at Kilburn on September 10 last year.
They further allege the woman used a knife to attack Phillips and his wife, Christine.
Phillips received a suspended four and a half-year sentence for unlawful sexual intercourse in 2009.
Today, lawyers for the woman asked the court to suppress any information that could "tend to identify" their client.
Corinne Harrison, prosecuting, said any such order should extend only to the woman's name and image.
"The accused has previously been the victim of sexual offending," she said.
"In relation to that earlier offence, the complainant in this matter (Phillips) was named as the perpetrator."
Justice Margaret Nyland suppressed the woman's name and image, saying the order could be reviewed following her trial.
She remanded the woman on continuing bail to a directions hearing next month.

www.adelaidenow.com.au (2-7-2012)
Sean Fewster

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Club lets sex abuse rider join

Warwick Phillips, left, leaving the Adelaide District Court in August 2009 after pleading guilty to charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years of age.

A cycling club has controversially allowed a former coach who sexually abused a teenage girl to join.
Warwick Phillips - who pleaded guilty in 2009 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old cyclist he coached - is banned from membership with Cycling SA and Cycling Australia.
But Phillips, who received a four-and-a-half-year suspended sentence, continues to ride competitively because the Southern Districts Veteran and Ladies Cycling Club granted him a membership last year despite the bans by the state and national cycling bodies.
The membership has split the cycling community, with businesses dumping sponsorship deals with the club and some riders refusing to race against him.
Phillips, a father of three, represented the club at a race meeting earlier this month and is eligible to compete in the National Veterans Cycling Championships to be held in Adelaide in May.
But the former SA Cycling coach's club membership and continued involvement in competitive racing has angered many cyclists, according to SA Veteran Cycling Association president Robert Freak.
"This whole situation has caused enormous pain and enormous loss of sponsorship," Mr Freak said. "It has also created a lot of ill feeling. There are some riders who won't ride with Phillips."
Southern Districts club president Geoff Bates said he was aware of Phillips' ban by the other cycling bodies and some concern had been raised by people about his membership.
But when asked why the club had offered him membership he said: "Why would we refuse him?".
"If someone was cheating we would look at refusing a membership," he said.
Mr Bates said there were "rarely" any children at the veterans club.
While veteran clubs were not affiliated with the state or national cycling bodies, Mr Freak said there was a "general agreement" between the groups to suspend membership "if someone is a drug cheat".
Cycling Australia confirmed a "long-standing informal agreement where a suspension by one organisation is recognised by other organisations" but said Phillips' case "was pretty much unique".
Mr Freak said he had raised the issue of suspensions with Cycling Australia and was keen to see "a written agreement" established so suspension by one organisation would apply to all cycling bodies and affiliated clubs.
This week the Adelaide Hills Veterans Cycling Club decided at its monthly committee meeting it would not offer membership to anyone banned by another cycling organisation.

www.adelaidenow.com.au (30-1-2011)
David Nankervis

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