Australia Law & Crime
‘Despicable’: A funeral stalker’s heartless theft from grieving boy
Australia, Japan eye closer military cooperation amid regional security threats
Police investigate stabbings across Melbourne
Lawyer submits guilty murder plea despite client’s claim they are innocent
Police chase rogue kangaroo over Sydney Harbour Bridge
Top PGA players take cover in Hawaii as missile panic runs wild
Fingerprint expert finds hidden message on mirror, catches murderer
Bomb squad called in after explosives found at Perth home
2018-01-19 12:15:52 A huge stash of explosives have reportedly been found at a Perth home. Explosives as well as ammunition and detonators were found in a shed at the property. Its understood police officers came across the stash when called to the home over an apparent burglary.   Read More ...
Australian men jailed for gang raping girl, 16, and filming it on a GoPro
2018-01-19 11:04:26 When Tristan Carlyle-Watson invited a teenage girl to an Australian house party over Facebook, she asked that he take care of her. But the vulnerable 16-year-old girl would that night find herself surrounded by up to eight strange males, with Carlyle-Watson doing nothing to intervene when several of them forced themselves on her. He would later remark in a Facebook message that bringing the girl to the party was like "throwing a piece of meat to a pack of wolves", the NSW District Court has heard   Read More ...
Family claims first and then second car stolen in two separate robberies
2018-01-19 10:33:55 But when she was on the phone to emergency services reporting the harrowing robbery, she claimed the three people decided they’d come back for a second slice of pie. “It was just too easy for them to take and we were powerless. They didn’t even cover themselves, it looked like guys you could see in the shopping centre, in your own neighbourhood,” she said   Read More ...
‘Despicable’: A funeral stalker’s heartless theft from grieving boy
2018-01-19 10:04:27 A low-life thief has stolen funeral donations that were meant for a four-year-old autistic boy farewelling his late father. And police say it’s not the first time he’s targeted grieving families. The most recent theft happened at Avondale Heights church last Friday. The man loitered in the foyer of the church about 11.05am during the funeral of the man who had a child with autism   Read More ...
Machete used in armed robbery at Perth pharmacy
2018-01-19 08:24:36 Police are on the hunt for an armed robber who threatened staff at a Perth pharmacy with a machete on Thursday night. The man entered the Arnisdale Road shop in Duncraig about 7.30pm with his face covered and armed with a machete, which he threatened workers with. He fled with prescription medication in a small car. Police said the man was in his mid-20s, about 170-180cm tall, with a medium build and blonde hair   Read More ...
Labor politicians David Feeney and Katy Gallagher face High Court over citizenship
2018-01-19 08:20:59 Federal Labor MP David Feeney's attempt to renounce his British citizenship was not registered with UK authorities, the High Court heard as citizenship hearings were delayed amid a wait for evidence and expert availability. The revelation from his legal counsel came on Friday as the court heard that the Greens candidate Mr Feeney beat to keep his seat in Federal Parliament may play an important role in deciding whether or not he stayed there   Read More ...
Retail Food Group facing potential class action from ‘hundreds’ of disgruntled franchisees
2018-01-19 07:18:41 Bannister Law, which in December announced it was investigating a possible shareholder class-action against the embattled group, on Friday said it was “expanding the scope of its investigations” to explore the relationship between RFG and its franchisees. RFG has been under fire in the wake of a Fairfax Media expose last month, which alleged franchisees were being driven to the wall through exorbitant fees, lack of support and poor-quality products   Read More ...
Bones found near murdered woman's backpack 'may have been part of killer's collection'
2018-01-19 07:06:49 Human bones found near the backpack of murdered woman Lyndsay Van Blanken may have been part of a collection owned by her killer, a court has been told. William Matheson was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Ms Van Blanken, in December 2005, and remains in jail. Matheson killed the 18-year-old on November 24, 2003. Ms Van Blanken's body, which had been put in a cricket bag, was found several weeks later in the car park of units at Queen's Park in Sydney's eastern suburbs   Read More ...
California parents accused of torturing their 13 children plead not guilty to abuse and false imprisonment
2018-01-19 07:05:49 The California parents accused of torturing their 13 children at their house by chaining them to their beds for "months at a time" as punishment, have pleaded not guilty to child abuse, torture and false imprisonment. Key points: David and Louise Turpin plead not guilty to abuse, torture, false imprisonment Prosecutor says parents kept children chained to beds for months at a time The 17-year-old girl who escaped home had been planning it for two years David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were charged with more than two dozen counts of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment and face 94 years to life in prison if convicted   Read More ...
Gloria Jeans, Brumby's, Donut King owner faces second class action threat
2018-01-19 06:39:12 The embattled owner of Gloria Jeans, Brumby's Bakeries and Donut King franchises could face a class action from disgruntled franchisees. Bannister Law has expanded its investigation into Retail Food Group's operations to include a possible class action by franchisees. The law firm instigated an investigation into a shareholder class action against RFG last year after the company's share price fell on fresh guidance the groups profits would be lower than expected for the first half of 2018   Read More ...
Men jailed over gang rape of girl, 16, at Sydney house party
2018-01-19 06:37:07 Three men have been jailed over their roles in the gang rape of a teenage girl at a western Sydney house party in 2015. Kurt Stevenson, 27, and Andrew Waters, 25, were last year found guilty of multiple charges related to the May 2015 assaults of the intoxicated 16-year-old girl at a St Clair party. Stevenson was jailed for at least nine years over his role in the gang rape, while Waters was jailed for a minimum of seven years and eight months   Read More ...
Royal Canadian Mint sues Royal Australian Mint in row over poppy coin printing
2018-01-19 05:41:11 OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mint is suing its Australian counterpart over the way it prints red poppies on its commemorative Remembrance Day coins. Documents filed in Australia’s Federal Court in December allege The Royal Australian Mint used without permission a printing method patented by the Canadian mint — which is now demanding that Australia’s 500,000 commemorative $2 coins, in circulation since 2012, either be turned over to them or “destroy(ed) under supervision   Read More ...
Australia, Japan eye closer military cooperation amid regional security threats
2018-01-18 16:45:33 TOKYO - While the North Korean threat loomed large, a meeting by the prime ministers of Japan and Australia in Tokyo on Thursday (Jan 18) bore the undercurrents of China's growing sphere of influence and doubts over the United States' commitment in the region. These factors, observers said, have pushed Tokyo and Canberra closer together militarily as they seek to ensure a "free, open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region" based on a "rules- based order"   Read More ...
How a Facebook selfie helped police solve a killing
2018-01-18 12:25:48 Woman convicted of killing friend after police spot murder weapon in Facebook selfie A Canadian woman has been sentenced to seven years' jail for the 2015 killing of her best friend, after police linked the murder weapon to a selfie of the friends posted on Facebook. Key points: Brittney Gargol was found on the side of the road after a night out with Cheyenne Antoine in 2015 Antoine initially tried to divert police away from her by making up stories, alibis Police found a Facebook photo where Antoine was wearing a belt like the one found at the crime scene Cheyenne Antoine pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for the death of her friend Brittney Gargol   Read More ...
Syrian conflict: What it's like to be trapped inside 'hellish' Eastern Ghouta
2018-01-18 10:15:40 "In the last few weeks there is every day more than 20 air strikes from Russian warplanes or Assad regime warplanes," 21-year-old Nour Adam says. "Shellings, missiles, everything!" The young opposition media activist is speaking from inside the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, just 20 minutes from the Syrian capital Damascus, where the United Nations believes there is close to 400,000 people trapped under increasing bombardment   Read More ...
Senior police officer denies alleged assaults during 1996 raid
2018-01-18 09:11:22 The policeman in charge of a raid more than 20 years ago in which a woman was allegedly bashed by an officer has rejected claims he struck the woman and her partner in their home. Sergeant Ian Christensen was the senior officer when eight police raided the Hastings home of Corinna Horvath and Craig Love on the night of March 9, 1996, when she suffered a broken nose   Read More ...
Former Ipswich candidate sues council, mayor for millions
2018-01-18 09:11:14 Former Ipswich candidate Patricia Petersen is suing the Ipswich City Council, former state member Rachel Nolan and mayor Andrew Antoniolli for $2.7 million over claims her election signs were damaged and seized during the 2012 state election campaign. Ms Petersen is also suing councillor Paul Tully for $74,400 over claims he tried to have her falsely arrested in January 2012. In court documents filed to Ipswich Magistrates Court on January 10, Ms Petersen claims Mr Tully was “exercising targeted malice and exceeding his powers” on January 11 when he allegedly told a police officer to arrest Ms Petersen   Read More ...
Armed car thieves charged after crash in West End
2018-01-18 09:11:10 A group of men accused of stealing two cars during two separate violent invasions of the same Queensland home have been charged after crashing one of the vehicles. Three men armed with knives allegedly demanded car keys from the occupants of the Eagleby home on Wednesday evening and grabbed property before fleeing in a black Jeep Cherokee. About an hour later they returned and used stolen keys to open a garage and took another car, police allege   Read More ...
Serbian police arrest 3 for $400 million Australia drug haul
2018-01-18 08:42:19 CANBERRA, Australia – Police say three Australians have been arrested in Serbia over the second largest cocaine haul in Australian law enforcement history. Serbian police allege the men arrested in a Belgrade hotel lobby on Wednesday are linked to the discovery of 1.28 tons of cocaine that was seized last April on a Chinese freighter docked in Sydney. Police in Australia said the drug haul, concealed in pre-fabricated steel in more than 2,500 individual blocks, was worth 500 million Australian dollars ($400 million)   Read More ...
Portuguese, Spanish police bust huge pineapple cocaine ring
2018-01-18 08:17:19 Police in Portugal and Spain said they had seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside pineapples, and arrested nine members of a gang that had transported the drug from South America. Key points: 745kg of cocaine shipped to Europe from Panama hidden pineapples Police found drug laboratories in Madrid Iberian Peninsula is a major entry point for cocaine and other drugs to Europe The seizure, from shipping containers, was part of an ongoing investigation across both countries that started in April 2017   Read More ...
Serbian police arrest 3 Australians over $400M cocaine haul
2018-01-18 08:09:34 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Three Australians have been arrested in Serbia over the second-largest cocaine haul in Australian law enforcement history, police said on Thursday. Serbian police alleged the men arrested in a Belgrade hotel foyer on Wednesday "are linked to" the discovery of 1.28 metric tons (1.41 U.S. tons) of cocaine that were seized last April on a Chinese freighter docked in Sydney   Read More ...
Serbian police arrest 3 for $400 million Australia drug haul
2018-01-18 07:35:32 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police say three Australians have been arrested in Serbia over the second largest cocaine haul in Australian law enforcement history. Serbian police allege the men arrested in a Belgrade hotel lobby on Wednesday are linked to the discovery of 1.28 tons of cocaine that was seized last April on a Chinese freighter docked in Sydney. Police in Australia said the drug haul, concealed in pre-fabricated steel in more than 2,500 individual blocks, was worth 500 million Australian dollars ($400 million)   Read More ...
Teen charged with kicking police officer refuses to get on bus to court
2018-01-18 07:07:59 A teenager charged with kicking a police officer in the face will spend at least another three weeks in custody after refusing to get on the bus from youth detention to appear before a magistrate. The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified, was controversially granted bail earlier this year in a decision slammed by both sides of Victorian politics amid high scrutiny of a series of crimes across Melbourne committed by young men of African appearance   Read More ...
DJ pleads guilty to headbutting former Aussie PM
2018-01-18 04:11:57 A Tasmanian DJ is facing up to two years in jail after pleading guilty to headbutting former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. DJ Astro Labe, 38, plead guilty to causing harm to a Commonwealth public official after the incident on Hobart's waterfront on 21 September last year. If the federal charge was heard in the Supreme Court Mr Labe could have faced up to 10 years in jail   Read More ...
Puppy scam hits Victorians as police investigate fake ads online
2018-01-18 04:09:08 Detectives are investigating an online puppy scam that has conned Victorians into handing over cash for dogs that do not exist. How to suss out a puppy scam Do a reverse-image Google search to check if the photo has been posted elsewhere on the internet. Some scammers get around this by altering the image Check for membership numbers from breeder associations Check out the seller's previous web presence Try to meet the breeder in person and meet the adult dogs "Investigators believe that victims have been asked to make cash deposits into a bank account for a puppy, interstate transport of the puppy, insurance and registration fees," a police spokesman said   Read More ...
Armed robbers steal cartons of booze from Perth drive-through bottle shop
2018-01-18 03:10:50 Police have released images of two young men wanted for questioning after staff at a Perth liquor store were threatened with a knife. The armed robbery happened on December 27 at a drive-through bottle shop in Belmont. About 8.55pm, two males entered the store on the corner of Wright Street and Knutsford Avenue. One of the men threatened staff with a knife before both fled the store with a carton of alcohol   Read More ...
Brisbane retailer warns other businesses to be vigilant after being hit with $76,000 cyber crime
2018-01-18 00:16:40 The director of a Queensland workwear business who was the victim of a cyber attack says banks should do more to ensure fraudulent accounts aren’t opened by cyber criminals, after having supplier account details changed so scammers could fleece $76,000 in payments. The Brisbane store of safety wear brand Totally Workwear had its accounting system compromised in October last year, but the business only recently found out about the situation after a creditor told them there was a problem with their invoice payment   Read More ...
Woman to face Canberra court accused of trying to rob taxi driver
2018-01-18 00:16:22 A 22-year-old woman is expected to face court on Thursday accused of trying to rob a taxi driver. Canberra police allege the woman threatened the driver with a weapon and demanded cash on January 8. She was arrested later. The woman is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court charged with attempted aggravated robbery, riding or driving a motor vehicle without consent and possessing or using a prohibited weapon without authorisation   Read More ...
Trace: New hope Maria James cold case murder will be reopened by coroner
2018-01-18 00:15:14 The sons of murder victim Maria James have moved one step closer to having her 37-year-old cold case reopened by the coroner. The single mother was stabbed to death in the back of her Thornbury bookshop in June 1980. The Victorian state coroner, Sara Hinchey, has written to the James brothers advising that she is considering their application to hold a new inquest   Read More ...
Russia probe: Bannon avoids grand jury after deal with Mueller
2018-01-17 23:12:42 Washington: Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has done a deal with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller that will see him avoid appearing before a grand jury, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Bannon, who was a close adviser during President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and in his first months in office, had been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in Mueller's probe of links between Russia and Trump's campaign   Read More ...
Kidnappers abduct Americans and Canadians in Nigeria
2018-01-17 23:12:39 Abuja, Nigeria: Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. Kidnappings are rife in Nigeria, where domestic security is weak, though they overwhelmingly target other Nigerians. However, abductions of foreigners are not uncommon. The foreigners were ambushed by unknown gunmen on their way from the town of Kafanchan, , Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state police   Read More ...
Police investigate stabbings across Melbourne
2018-01-17 23:07:33 TWO horrendous stabbing incidents took place in Melbourne overnight — one of the victims was taken to hospital but died shortly after. A MAN has died after a stabbing in Melbourne in one of two stabbing incidents in the city overnight. Emergency services rushed to Courtney Street in the city’s north about 4.45am, where the man was found near the entrance to some flats   Read More ...
Two men stabbed in Noble Park armed robbery
2018-01-17 22:15:06 Two men have been stabbed when they were set upon by a gang of up to six men during an armed robbery in Melbourne's south-east. Police said "five to six" men armed with a knife accosted the pair while they were walking near Corrigan Road and Green Street in Noble Park about 1am on Thursday. When the men refused demands for cash they were attacked and stabbed   Read More ...
Israeli court orders detention of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi until end of her assault trial
2018-01-17 22:15:06 An Israeli military judge has ruled that a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped and kicked Israeli soldiers will remain in jail for the duration of her trial for assault. Key points: Court concluded Ms Tamimi would pose a danger if released on bail Video shows her slapping an Israeli officer and punching another soldier in the face Ms Tamimi's cousin was hit by a rubber bullet fired by an Israeli soldier the same day Ahed Tamimi was arrested after she was filmed confronting an Israeli officer and a soldier outside her home in a village in the occupied West Bank on December 15, following what Israel said was a stone-throwing assault on its troops   Read More ...
FBI detains man it says betrayed US spies in China
2018-01-17 18:19:03 Washington: A former CIA officer suspected by investigators of helping China to dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the US Justice Department said. The collapse of the spy network was one of the US government's worst intelligence failures in recent years. The arrest of the former officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense FBI inquiry that began around 2012, two years after CIA informants in China started dying or being imprisoned   Read More ...
Steve Bannon's mysterious - and potentially pivotal - grand jury subpoena
2018-01-17 17:20:03 Washington: There have been a few moments in the Russia investigation that, in retrospect, seemed to indicate a notable shift or an expansion. The day President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey. The Lester Holt interview. When we first found out about Donald Trump jnr's meeting with the Russian lawyer. The early-morning raid of Paul Manafort's Virginia residence. Michael Flynn's guilty plea   Read More ...
Three players behind investment fraud have fled to Australia: Police
2018-01-17 17:01:17 KEPALA BATAS: Three men, believed to be among the principal players behind an investment fraud involving losses of over RM700,000 in the state, have fled to Australia, said Penang police chief Datuk A Thaiveegan.   Read More ...
Australian Federal Police nabs western Sydney man over child exploitation
2018-01-17 14:17:22 A western Sydney man will face court after police allegedly found a large amount of child exploitation material inside his home. Federal police were alerted to the 29-year-old's activities by the US-based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in November last year. Since then, investigations have been underway which resulted in the seizure of electronic devices containing a large amount of child exploitation material at a Blacktown home on Wednesday, the AFP says   Read More ...
Katy Gallagher case reaches High Court as dual citizenship saga continues into 2018
2018-01-17 14:16:50 The High Court is unlikely to find ACT Labor senator Katy Gallagher ineligible for her role because of delays in the UK to cancel her British citizenship, a constitutional expert says. As Senator Gallagher's dual citizenship case reaches a directions hearing at the court in Brisbane on Friday, ANU constitutional law professor Kim Rubenstein said she was likely to be cleared, granted she took all reasonable steps within her power to renounce her UK citizenship before nominating to run for the Senate   Read More ...
Woman charged over Perth prison attack on Aaron Pajich murderer Trudi Lenon
2018-01-17 12:24:55 Police have charged a 35-year-old woman over a New Year's Day attack at a Perth prison on convicted murderer Trudi Lenon, who is awaiting sentencing for killing autistic teenager Aaron Pajich. Lenon, 44, and her accomplice Jemma Victoria Lilley, 26, were convicted in November over the stabbing and garrotting death of Mr Pajich. Lenon was seriously burnt about 8:25am on January 1 at Bandyup Women's Prison, when the accused allegedly poured a container of boiling water over her   Read More ...