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Archive for June, 2019
Qld teacher jailed for indecently touching

A former Queensland school teacher will serve 12 months in prison for indecently touching students while marking their school work. June 20, 2019 A former Queensland primary school teacher who slid his hands under students’ clothing in class has been jailed. Peter Matthew Malone’s sexualised touching often occurred after girls had been called to his […]

Accused Qld murderer ‘gave himself away’

A cash-strapped Queensland man accused of murdering his wealthy uncle over money accidentally outed himself for the crime to two ex-cops, his trial has heard. June 18, 2019 Tipsy on free whiskey, a cash-strapped Queensland man accused of murdering his wealthy uncle accidentally outed himself to two ex-cops at a strip joint, his trial has […]

Qld murder accused lied about police call

The brother of a wealthy Queensland man missing for more than 20 years says their nephew, who is accused of killing his uncle, lied about a call to the police. June 17, 2019 A cash-strapped Queensland man, who allegedly confessed to smashing his wealthy uncle’s head in, also allegedly lied to his family about a […]

Accused Qld murderer confessed: ex-cop

A former Queensland police officer says accused murderer Robert Wagner confessed to killing his wealthy uncle during a heated discussion. June 17, 2019 A cash-strapped Queensland man accused of murdering his wealthy uncle over money confessed his crime to a “petrified” former police officer, a trial has heard. Robert James Wagner, 57, is accused of […]

Qld murder accused ‘hunted for alibi’

A former business partner of a Queensland man accused of murdering his wealthy uncle over money says he was offered money for an alibi. June 17, 2019 A cash-strapped Queensland man accused of murdering his wealthy uncle over money offered to pay a business associate for an alibi, a witness says. Robert James Wagner, 57, […]

Concerns for 2yo Tamil refugee’s health

Concerns are held for the health of a two-year-old Tamil asylum-seeker family being held in an Australian detention centre. June 16, 2019 Supporters in the tiny Queensland town of Biloela are concerned for the health of a two-year-old Tamil asylum-seeker held in detention for 15 months. Tharunicaa – the youngest daughter of failed asylum-seekers Priya […]

Kids, lovers’ tiffs causing driver stress

New research has revealed most Australian drivers reckon they’re great behind the wheel and are quick to point the finger at other drivers’ annoying habits. June 16, 2019 Most Australians rate themselves as great drivers and say they lose their cool on the road because of the bad habits of other road users. DRIVERS’ TOP […]

Aussie drivers cocky and critical: survey

Finger pointing drivers with delusions of superiority are losing their cool on Australian roads because of bad driving habits by road users, a survey has found. June 16, 2019 Australian drivers are a cocky lot – almost all rate themselves as safe road users and the majority say they’re great behind the wheel, new research has […]

ASX to open flat as trade war worries grow

Concerns over the US-China trade war has set the Australian share market up for a weak start to trading on Monday following falls in US markets. June 16, 2019 The Australian share market is tipped to have a lacklustre start to the week ahead after continued nervousness over the US-China trade war dampened US and […]

Qld murder accused ‘like a son’ to victim

A wealthy Queensland man missing for more than 20 years treated his cash-strapped nephew like a son, a court has heard. June 14, 2019 A cash-strapped Queensland man on trial for murdering his wealthy uncle was like a son to the missing man, a court has been told. Robert James Wagner, 57, is accused of […]

Muffled voice heard in Qld murder accused’s home

On the was last day a wealthy Queensland man was seen alive, a muffled voice was heard inside the home of the alleged murderer, a court has heard. June 14, 2019 A muffled voice was heard inside the Brisbane home of an alleged murderer the day two decades ago that he is accused of luring […]

Qld man interfered with US woman’s corpse

The former partner of missing American woman Priscilla Brooten allegedly interfered with her corpse 10 months after he is accused of murdering her. June 14, 2019 The Brisbane man accused of murdering a former American beauty queen missing for almost a year allegedly interfered with her corpse 10 months after she died. US citizen Priscilla […]

Accused Qld murderer stood to inherit 300K

A cash-strapped Brisbane man accused of murdering his wealthy uncle more than 20 years ago was set to inherit $300,000 when he died. June 13, 2019 A cold-case murder trial has heard a wealthy Queensland man, who went missing more than 20 years ago, left $300,000 to a cash-strapped nephew now accused of his murder. Gerhard […]

Accused Qld murderer in ‘row’ with victim

A cash-strapped Brisbane man was fuming and said his wealthy uncle made him sick two days before he is accused of killing him over money. June 13, 2019 A cash-strapped nephew of a wealthy Queensland man was agitated amid a money-fuelled family row two days before his uncle disappeared 20 years ago, a court had […]

Nth Qld lukewarm over Adani approval

The long-awaited final approval of Adani’s controversial mega coal mine has been cautiously welcomed by north Queensland stakeholders. June 13, 2019 Regional stakeholders in north Queensland want Adani to deliver quickly on its jobs and other promises as construction begins at the coal mine that’s divided communities. Townsville mayor Jenny Hill says much-needed job opportunities will […]

Qld murder victim’s yacht in accused killer’s name

Wealthy Queensland man Gerhard Wagner transferred ownership of his beloved yacht to the nephew now accused of his murder, a court has heard. June 12, 2019 A wealthy Queensland man was so fearful his estranged girlfriend would claim his prized yacht when they split that he transferred its ownership to the cash-strapped nephew now accused of […]

No bail for Qld hoax airport bomb suspect

Bail has been denied to a self-obsessed Gold Coast man, who allegedly pulled out a knife and made a bomb threat at the Brisbane International Airport. June 12, 2019 A self-obsessed and suicidal man allegedly shoved a knife down his pants, pulled out a fake bomb and chased his estranged wife through Brisbane International Airport […]

Qld cold-case murder accused ‘confessed’

Queensland man Robert Wagner confessed to the cold-case killing of his wealthy uncle, Gerhard Wagner, in January 1999, a court has heard. June 12, 2019 A cash-strapped man dumped pieces of his wealthy uncle’s body at Queensland’s Glass Mountains after murdering him to avoid repaying thousands of dollars, a court has been told. Gerhard Wagner, […]

Accused Qld murder argued with victim

Queensland man Robert Wagner regularly argued with his wealthy uncle, Gerhard Wagner, who he is accused of killing in January 1999, a court has heard. June 11, 2019 A cash-strapped Queensland man was regularly nagged about his wasteful ways by the wealthy uncle he is accused of murdering, a court has been told. Robert James Wagner, […]

Ex-Filipino bar girl denies Qld murder

Wealthy Queensland man Gerhard Wagner may have been murdered by his former Filipino bar girl lover after leaving her a house in his will, a court has been told. June 11, 2019 A former Filipino bar girl who thought she stood to inherit her wealthy Australian lover’s Brisbane house has denied murdering him after he […]

Qld man killed by Filipino bar girl lover

Wealthy Queensland man Gerhard Wagner may have been murdered by his former Filipino bar girl lover after leaving her a house on his will, a court has been told. June 11, 2019 A former Filipino bar girl who stood to inherit her wealthy Australian lover’s house has denied murdering him after he kicked her out […]

Accused Qld tool-box murderer sacks lawyer

On the first day of his double-murder trial, accused killer Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata has sacked his lawyer saying he has no faith in the legal system. June 10, 2019 A man accused of the Logan bodies-in-the-toolbox murders says he has lost faith in his lawyers and sacked them because they advised him to plead guilty. Tuhirangi-Thomas […]

Plane wing snaps off killing two in Qld

A cracked wing broke off a 43-year-old Cessna plane, causing it to crash and killing two pilots in northern Queensland last month, an investigation has found. June 7, 2019 Australian air safety authorities are warning a fatigue crack appears have caused a Cessna 210’swing to snap off before it crashed in northern Queensland, killing two men. The […]

Ex-Qld developer sentencing no-show

A former Gold Coast property developer has failed to show up to be sentenced for 13 dishonesty and fraud offences because he’s anxious. June 7, 2019 A former Gold Coast property developer is too anxious to be sentenced for fraud following the 2011 collapse of his $9 million investment scheme targeting pensioners. Bradley Keith Silver […]

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