Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles spoke in Rochester on Saturday.By Elaine Cooney
Top homicide detective and former Rochester resident Ron Iddles delivered a frank and chilling talk at the Lions’ district convention on Saturday.
As well as speaking about his recent homicide investigations, he gave the Rochester Lions some advice.
‘‘We have the highest rate of suicide in the western world and the highest rate of alcohol abuse in the western world,’’ he said.
‘‘One thousand children die a year from alcohol abuse
Detective Senior Sergeant Iddles said family units were breaking down, drug use, especially ice, was rising and one in five people suffered depressive episodes.
‘‘We’ve allowed these things to go too far,’’ he said.
He spoke about the suicide cases he dealt with and said there were always signs but people needed to be aware of them, act on them or just ask if the person was alright.
He described in graphic detail a few cases where people had died where homicide had been ruled out.
In every case Det. Sen. Sgt Iddles investigated, there were obvious signs a person was contemplating suicide.
He described a story about a couple walking on the beach and the man turned to his wife and said if anything happened to him he wanted her to remember that moment.
Det. Sen. Sgt Iddles said the man also told his wife the family would not need food that week.
A day later he shot himself and their three children.
‘‘We (the community) don’t want to ask the hard questions,’’ he said.
‘‘There is no shame in depression, ring beyondblue or go to the doctor.’’
He spoke about how his team found out Adrian Bayley was involved in Jillian Meagher’s murder.
The team tracked her mobile phone and tracked it along the Tullamarine Fwy.
He then pulled up a list of cars with e-tags who passed through the freeway.
Adrian Bayley’s phone was tracked which showed he was in the same locations and same time.
Det. Sen. Sgt Iddles said Mr Bayley could not explain why Mrs Meagher’s SIM card was found in his house.
He said 99 per cent of homicide cases had a family connection so this was a rare and unusual case.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
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It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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