3 April 2017
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Cultures come into focus Harmony is an everyday focus at the highly-multicultural St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School. The Noble Park school put the value in focus on Friday 24 March to mark Cultural Diversity Week. Students dressed in clothing that reflected their cultural heritage. Among a wide variety of events, the day featured a Welcome to Country, a parade of nations, a community morning tea, a Japanese puppet performance, and a concert.
Hannah wears clothing from El Salvador and Hyewon represents Korea. 166151 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS
■ Despite a thorough police investigation, a killer remains at large…
Hit-run a mystery Someone killed Peter Van Danh. They ran over him in a vehicle as he lay intoxicated on Prior Road, Noble Park, about 10.20pm on 11 September 2014 and then fled the scene. State Coroner Sara Hinchey concluded after a hearing on 22 March that the driver and vehicle responsible had not been identified. She said the police Major Collision Investigation Unit conducted “an extremely thorough investigation”. “Mr Danh’s death is an unsolved homicide case which Victoria Police continues to investigate,” she said.
“I am satisfied that no investigation which I am empowered to undertake would be likely to result in the identification of the person or persons who caused Mr Danh’s death.” Police initially thought someone deliberately mowed down Mr Danh. His parents, Trung and Anh Danh, called for the driver to come forward at a press conference on 5 November, 2015. “He was really nice,” distraught mother Anh said. “He loved me, I loved him.” Father Trung said: “Every day I can’t forget. It’s like yesterday my son had an accident.” Forensic pathologist Dr Joanna Glengarry said Mr Danh, 36, suffered “severe head injuries” consistent with “crushing”.
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along Prior Road towards Noble Street and backtracked about 38 seconds later. Four minutes later Volkan Yildiz turned into Prior Road from Noble Street, noticed an object on the road and slowed down. “About two metres from the object he recognised it to be a person lying on the road, with blood coming from his head,” Coroner Hinchey said. He called an ambulance. Another motorist, Jaswant Singh, briefly stopped at the scene about 10.23pm and two minutes later Stevin Toner arrived on his skateboard. He checked for signs of life “and found none”. Paramedics and police arrived shortly afterwards and declared Mr Danh dead.
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“There was a patterned abrasion and black discolouration of the right side of the face that had appearances suggestive of a tyre tread or similar,” she said. Coroner Hinchey said Mr Danh had methamphetamine, morphine, codeine, diazepam and other drugs in his system at the time of his death. In her report Coroner Hinchey said it was believed he was walking to his parents’ home in Springvale South. Motorist Pheap Uk turned from Noble Street into Prior Road about 10.08pm and saw Mr Danh crouched in the middle of the road. At 10.15pm an unidentified vehicle travelled
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