UPDATE February 5, 2019 – see below.
By ERWIN CHLANDA
Shane Lindner (pictured), a director of the Alice Springs native title organisation Lhere Artepe, appeared on a charge of aggravated assault in the local court this morning.
On the way out of the building he assaulted the editor of the Alice Springs News Online, Erwin Chlanda.
Mr Lindner’s case was adjourned to August 16 for a directions hearing. He entered no plea.
No evidence was given. Russell Goldflam, as the duty solicitor, appeared for him.
The assault on Mr Chlanda took place when he photographed Mr Lindner leaving the courthouse (see video).
Mr Lindner pushed the camera into Mr Chlanda’s face. He was not injured.
A security guard witnessed the assault. He said there is a CCTV camera outside the court which would have captured the event.
UPDATE July 24, 2018, 10.35am
Shane Lindner, according to informed sources, is not only a director of Lhere Artepe, but its chairman. We tried to corroborate that by ringing the native title organisation’s office, on 08 8953 6555 at 10.20am today.
There was a recorded message by a male American voice saying: “Hello. No-one is available to take your call. Please call again.” There was no invitation to leave a message.
Recent calls from us to CEO Robert Campbell’s mobile phone were not returned.
Mr Lindner is listed as a Lhere Artepe director on the website of the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC). The site does not name a chairman, so far as we can make out.
We have previously referred to Mr Lindner as the chairman of Lhere Artepe.
UPDATE February 5, 2019
Mr Lindner (Shane Ashley Lindner) appeared before Judge Bamber in the local court for a hearing on Tuesday last week, January 29.
The only charge Mr Lindner was facing – aggravated assault – was withdrawn at the hearing. For this reason there is no forward date.