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'I don't feel safe' victim

May 3, 2024

Friday 03 May 2024
Courtney Gould
Adelaide Advertiser

 Why wasn't accused properly monitored?
 A cancer survivor and grandmother who was allegedly bashed at the hands of a  freed immigration detainee says she can't understand why the man had his  ankle monitor removed.
 Ninette Simons, 73, and her 76-year-old husband Philip were victims of a home  invasion after three men allegedly conned their way into her Perth home by  pretending to be police officers.
 Police allege Mr Simons was tied up and his wife bashed before $200,000 worth  of jewellery was stolen.
 "I don't feel safe here anymore, I don't. But I'm doing my best to live  here I don't know," she told Immigration Minister Andrew Giles, who  called during a Channel 9 interview on Wednesday.
 Kuwaiti-born Majid Jamshidi Doukoshkan has been charged for his alleged  involvement in the attack.
 He was part of a cohort of about 150 detainees released after a landmark High  Court ruling in the NZYQ case found indefinite immigration detention was  unlawful.
 The government is now facing scrutiny over why the 43year-old, who is accused  of breaching his curfew one of the strict visa conditions placed on the  cohort was not wearing an ankle monitor.
 "That's what we can't understand, why was his ankle bracelet removed in  March?" Ms Simons told Mr Giles from her Girrawheen home, adding that  the government had "let her down".
 WA Labor frontbencher Anne Aly visited Ms Simons at her home on Wednesday to  discuss the issue with her.
 Mr Doukoshkan faced court in February over alleged curfew breaches. Despite  the government claiming otherwise earlier this week, the Commonwealth did not  oppose bail.
 The charges were later dropped due to a blunder that resulted in the  Commonwealth reissuing visas for the NZYQaffected cohort.
 He was wearing an ankle bracelet at the hearing in February but was not at  the time of the alleged home invasion on April 19, after the Commonwealth's  own protection board advised it was not necessary.
 Mr Doukoshkan was again bailed days before the alleged attack, after being  charged with a drug-related offence.
 Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his thoughts were with Ms Simons but  passed the buck to the states over the man's bail.
 "It's not appropriate for me to comment on individual cases,  particularly ones that are before the courts," he told ABC radio.
 Coalition home affairs spokesman James Paterson described the saga as a  "litany of failures from start to finish".
 He questioned why the government had yet to make a preventive detention  application to the court which would allow individuals to be held for up to  three years at a time if they were deemed by a court to be an unacceptable  risk.
 Senator Paterson said he'd be willing to make amendments to the powers, which  were legislated in response to the NZYQ last November, if the threshold was  too high.

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