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Chopped to death trying to ‘fight for his family’

Premier gilds the lotus ... er, waratah

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A SYDNEY security guard’s connections to members of an outlaw motorcycle gang are being examined by detectives investigating his machete murder. Liverpool police commander Superintendent Gary Worboys said ‘‘butchered’’ was the only way to describe the wounds suffered by Kesley Burgess, 25, during a home invasion at Lurnea in Sydney’s south-west. Four men in dark clothing used machetes and axes to chop into Mr Burgess’s wrists and ankles. ‘‘His left wrist was all but amputated,’’ Superintendent Worboys said yesterday. The intruders broke down the front door of the house in Clingan Avenue about 11.45pm on Thursday, shortly after Mr Burgess’s brother Jacob had left to celebrate his 20th birthday with friends. Inside the house with Mr Burgess, who died from his injuries in Liverpool Hospital on Friday night, were his 25-year-old girlfriend, Krysty, his mother, Tracy White, 47, and her partner Gary, 56. Mrs White returned to the crime scene yesterday with relatives. Reeling from the blood-soaked scene inside, the family swiftly gathered some clothes then headed off in search of a motel. Before leaving, the family ushered The Sun-Herald inside and Mr Burgess’s eldest brother Terence asked: ‘‘Have you ever seen anything like this? Kesley was just trying to protect his family and they chopped him to pieces.’’ Shedding further light on the incident, he said: ‘‘My mother’s partner Gary went to the door, thinking it was our youngest brother who’d probably forgotten his key. As he went to answer, this bloke has kicked it, knocking Gary out cold.’’ He added: ‘‘They’ve then gone down the hallway towards the bedroom and mum’s come out. Straight away, one of them had a swing at her with a machete, which fortunately just scraped her hand. ‘‘Kesley pushed mum and his girlfriend into the bedroom. He knew they were in danger – he wanted to protect his family and so he’s tried to

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TAXPAYERS can play spot the difference after the government quietly released a ‘‘slightly revised’’ official logo that looks almost identical to the controversial, lotus-like waratah championed by former premier Nathan Rees. A circular from the Department of Premier and Cabinet said Kristina Keneally’s cabinet had approved the new logo. It has been sent to all ministerial departments and 58 government agencies, with a 20-page style guide to advise bureaucrats on its correct use. The original design, which cost more than $150,000 and involved 18 months of focus groups, was ridiculed on its release last year for looking more like the national flower of India than the NSW emblem. The lotus, an aquatic plant, is sacred to Buddhists and is native to Asia and only the northernmost parts of Australia. When asked about the cost of producing the new logo and style guide, a spokesman for Commerce Minister Paul Lynch said no additional public funds were spent. The only difference after the ‘‘slight revision’’ appears to be the removal of the word ‘‘government’’ in one version of the new logo (above). The style guide advises agencies that the waratah should never be allowed to appear as a shrinking violet. ‘‘Wherever other logos appear on an advertisement (e.g. partners, sponsors) the logo should appear in the most prominent position,’’ the guide advises. The spokesman for Mr Lynch said all current stationery and signage would be used up before the new logo was introduced. A spokesman for Chris Hartcher, the opposition’s intergovernmental relations spokesman, said the logo was ‘‘another example of the Keneally’s government’s dedication to image over substance’’.

‘‘Butchered’’ ... (above) the crime scene; (left) Kesley Burgess’s older brother Terence White; (right) Kesley’s girlfriend Krysty; (far right) Kesley. Photos: Lee Besford, Channel Nine fight these people off . . . He never stood a chance. They were savages. As far as I know, our family have no idea who any of them are.’’ Superintendent Worboys said the attackers, described as Pacific Islander in appearance, made threats as they inflicted the wounds on Mr Burgess. Keith Burgess, Kesley’s grandfather, said his dead grandson was ‘‘a quiet boy’’ who had previously worked as a security guard at a hotel known as a haunt for bikies.

Superintendent Worboys confirmed police were looking at bikie connections. But police have also refused to rule out links with two other home invasions in the area, one at Warwick Farm the same night and another at Green Valley earlier in the week. Last Sunday three men armed with a pistol and an axe terrorised seven people during an 11pm home invasion at Cabramatta during which a woman, 65, was tied up and a man, 30, was kicked in the head.

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