HE MAY BE Australia’s top law officer, but Federal Attorney-General Daryl Williams was last month left stranded without a set of wheels after the minister’s official car was brazenly pinched from under his nose.
As well as the standard-issue Ford Fairmont, $620 worth of cash and valuables went missing from Williams’ Perth home on 3 August following an alleged break-in.
Nineteen-year-old Daniel Iosia last week appeared in Perth Magistrates Court to face charges of aggravated burglary, theft and theft of a motor vehicle.
Police allege the teenage accused broke into Williams’ Mount Pleasant abode while the occupants slept. It is claimed that after discovering a set of car keys, Iosia was then able to steal Williams’ vehicle.
A senior prosecutor told Lawyers Weekly that the car has yet to be recovered. And despite the profile of its owner, no more resources than usual would be devoted to the search.
“We treat every case the same,” the prosecutor said. “This is not a priority.”
After having the matter held over for further legal advice, Iosia is due to make his next court appearance early next week (15 September) when it is expected a plea will be entered.
The attack upon Williams’ home came in the midst of a number of international ministerial engagements. In late July the attorney visited China before spending approximately one week in South East Asia in August.
He was in Sydney last week to open a National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) conference for business.
A spokesperson said Williams was “very pleased” with how the matter had been handled thus far. She added that security measures were continually monitored and adjusted as required.
“Security is based on the assessed threat to the Minister and security measures are provided according to the nature and level of threat.”