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Manslaughter trial begins
SUPPORTERS of Dutchman Henk van
Oosterom will fill the court, when the trio
charged with his alleged manslaughter go
to trial tomorrow.
Members of the 'Don't Punch on Punch Up!
Say no to Violence in Gawler' Facebook page
are planning on attending the trials of Jason
Graham Bridgland, Alex George Winter and a
youth, who cannot be named, which begin in
the Supreme Court this week.
"Sandra can't be over here, so somebody has
to be there to put a face forward for Henk,"
group founder Lee Van Soest said.
"Just so we can tell her what's going on, on
a daily basis."
Henk's fiancée Sandra Van der Klink, will
be at home, caring for the couple's daughter,
Janice, while the trial is under way.
Sandra, writing to The Bunyip from the
Netherlands, said the group of Gawler
locals have raised money for her, kept her
updated on any developments relating to
Henk's case and have been a great body of sup-
"I am very nervous for the trial and don't
know what to expect from it," she said.
"I'll hope for the best."
It has been more than a year since Mr van
Oosterom, 39, died following an altercation
in the car park of a Gawler hotel.
Mr van Oosterom was in Australia building
glasshouses in the Virginia-Two Wells area,
when it is alleged he was involved in a brawl
and fatally punched.
Sandra and the couple's daughter, Jan-
ice, were back home in the Netherlands
at the time.
Janice is now two-and-a-half years old and
She was just a baby when her father died in
the Royal Adelaide Hospital on September 4,
"We are doing fine at the moment," Sandra
recently wrote to The Bunyip.
"...The last 12 months were very hard
and because you have so much to do to
arrange everything, you don't have the time to
"And all the free time that I have, I spend
that on Janice."
Janice started preschool just a few weeks
"My family are a great support for me and
Janice," Sandra said.
Sandra received long-awaited financial as-
sistance from the Australian Government last
month, to help cover Mr van Oosterom's fu-
Community fundraising, led by former
Gawler resident Lee Van Soest, has raised
more than $7000 for Janice and Sandra,
and was used to buy a headstone for Mr van
Supporters continue to send gifts and do-
nations to Janice and Sandra in the Nether-
"I (have) great support from my Australian
friends," Sandra said.
"They (make sure) that I get the right in-
formation, and a lawyer, but most of all sup-
All three men, charged in relation to Mr van
Oosterom's death, have pleaded not guilty in
the Supreme Court.
The trial has been set to last for 10 to 12
email@example.com Locals support Dutch family
WHEN a group of young students be-
gan a bike education program earlier
this term, teacher Jared Semmler was
surprised to learn many had barely rid-
den before, most didn't know basic road
rules and others lacked confidence in
Seven weeks later, and Mr Semmler has
seen a complete turnaround from his pu-
"I think the students have really enjoyed
it and they've actually had a lot of fun with
it, being able to ride around in small groups
around the local streets and follow the road
rules," Mr Semmler, senior unit teacher at
Immanuel Lutheran School, said.
"It's given some kids a lot more confi-
dence, with not just riding but with the
ability to be independent."
Immanuel Lutheran School's year six and
sevens have participated in the Way2Go
Bike Ed riding program for an hour and a
half, for the past seven weeks.
Run by the Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure and delivered
by Bicycle SA, the program has focused on
teaching students basic bike maintenance,
developing bike-handling skills and learn-
ing how to ride safely.
Year six student Millie Inglis said she has
enjoyed the course, particularly learning
to execute right-hand turns and round-
"I feel more confident on the road and I
can go out with mum and teach her stuff as
well, like when you go up hills you have to
tighten your gears to go up," she said.
Immanuel Lutheran School students had
their last lesson yesterday morning.
In the afternoon, Gawler Council Mayor Bri-
an Sambell presented them with certificates.
Immanuel Lutheran School students Jake Soar and Millie Inglis have recently completed a bike education program.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
On yer bike, kids!
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