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Archive for August, 2019
Two bodies found after boat flips in Qld

Two men’s bodies have been found by police divers searching for two men missing in a dam in near Bundaberg after their boat flipped and threw them overboard. August 31, 2019 The bodies of two men have been found in a dam in central Queensland by police divers searching for two men thrown in the water when […]

Hard work ahead for Queensland’s LNP

Queensland’s LNP will have to work hard to win the next election despite a massive drop in support for Palaszczuk government, the party’s deputy leader says. August 31, 2019 The Queensland Liberal National Party has conceded leader Deb Frecklington will have to work hard to win the next election despite a massive drop in support […]

Accused Queensland killer weeps for wife

A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his wife amid a bitter divorce dispute says he wasn’t jealous of her lover and paid for their weekends away. August 30, 2019 A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his estranged wife says he was a caring husband who paid for her weekends away with her lover. […]

Accused Queensland killer’s $300m deal

A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his wife amid a bitter divorce dispute says he was on the cusp of a $300 million mining deal when she disappeared. August 30, 2019 A Gold Coast businessman accused of murdering his wife amid a divorce dispute claims he was negotiating a $300 million mining deal when […]

Accused Qld killer denies body disposal

A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his wife amid a bitter divorce row denies disposing of her body after receiving a letter about custody of their children. August 30, 2019 A Gold Coast businessman has denied murdering his estranged wife and disposing of her body after receiving a letter demanding custody of their children. […]

Qld coroner lashes Fisheries over alerts

A coroner has delivered his findings from an inquest into eight deaths after two vessels sank off Queensland, criticising authorities over safety alerts. August 29, 2019 A coroner investigating the deaths of eight men after two trawlers capsized off Queensland has criticised authorities for failing to implement a safety feature to alert police when a […]

Qld murder accused’s home tested for blood

Forensics officers investigating the disappearance of a Gold Coast woman found urine in her home’s master bedroom carpet, her husband’s murder trial has heard. August 29, 2019 Investigators tested for blood but found urine in the carpet at the home of a Gold Coast man on trial for his estranged wife’s murder, a court has […]

Qld murder trial hears wife a shopaholic

A Gold Coast man on trial for his “shopaholic” wife’s murder told police investigating her disappearance she wanted half his assets and a cut of his company. August 29, 2019 A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his wife told police investigating her disappearance she was a “narcissistic shopaholic” who wanted half his assets, a court […]

Qld murder trial hears of costly divorce

A Gold Coast man on trial for his estranged wife’s murder told police investigating her disappearance that she had wanted a 50-50 split of their assets. August 28, 2019 A missing Gold Coast woman presumed to have been murdered by her estranged husband wanted half his assets, including a share of his company, mining investment […]

Qld murder trial hears missing wife fled

A Gold Coast man on trial for his estranged wife’s murder told detectives she probably fled after “someone has put the fear of Christ into her”. August 28, 2019 A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his wife told police investigating her disappearance she’d probably fled in fear after getting involved with the wrong crowd. […]

Drought-hit Qld farmer fights tree-clearing conviction

Drought-hit Queensland grazier Dan McDonald is re-appealing his conviction for cutting down trees on his property to feed his starving cattle. August 27, 2019 A drought-hit Queensland farmer convicted of cutting down trees on his property to feed starving cattle has pleaded with a full bench of the court of appeal to not underestimate what […]

Accused Qld murderer tried to hire hitman

A man on trial for his estranged wife’s murder allegedly discussed luring her to the Philippines to be killed more than a year before she disappeared. August 26, 2019 A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his wife allegedly discussed luring her to the Philippines to be killed more than a year before she disappeared, […]

Palmer’s bid to end QN trial rejected

The presiding judge at Clive Palmer’s court battle with the liquidators of Queensland Nickel has dismissed an application for a permanent stay on the trial. August 23, 2019 Clive Palmer has failed in his bid to shut down the Queensland Nickel collapse trial amid a dispute over the likely profits sought by liquidators on behalf […]

Qld murder accused tried to hire hitman

A Gold Coast man on trial for his estranged wife’s murder tried to hire a hitman and discussed throwing her off a cliff, a court has heard. August 23, 2019 A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his wife tried to hire a Filipino hitman and discussed throwing her off a cliff, a court has […]

Judge to decide on future of Palmer trial

The presiding judge at Clive Palmer’s court battle with the liquidators of Queensland Nickel is to rule on an application for a permanent stay on the trial. August 23, 2019 Clive Palmer’s battle with the liquidators of Queensland Nickel could be at an end if a judge grants the billionaire businessman’s application for a permanent […]

Brisbane murder trial told of hitman plot

A Gold Coast man on trial for his estranged wife’s murder tried to hire a Filipino hitman and demanded sex with virgins, a court has heard. August 23, 2019 A Gold Coast man accused of murdering his wife tried to hire a Filipino hitman, discussed hiding her body in a cave and demanded sex with […]

Missing Qld wife lived in fear: court

A Gold Coast mother lived in fear for her life as she pursued a divorce from the husband now accused of her murder, a court has been told. August 23, 2019 A Gold Coast woman allegedly murdered by her husband told her brother she feared something big was about to happen to her in weeks […]

Lover of missing Qld wife absent from work

The former part-time lover of a Gold Coast mother allegedly murdered by her husband has told a court he was absent from work the day she disappeared. August 22, 2019 The former part-time lover of a Gold Coast mother allegedly murdered by her husband took sick leave from work the day she disappeared and wasn’t […]

Palmer’s $100M QN loans never ‘sinister’

Clive Palmer’s lawyers at the Queensland Nickel collapse trial say the billionaire businessman’s $100 million loans were transparent and just business. August 21, 2019 Clive Palmer’s $102 million unrepaid loans from the cash-strapped Queensland Nickel refinery was transparent and never “sinister”, a court has heard. The series of massive loans to Mr Palmer’s flagship company, […]

Palmer’s Qld Nickel defence ready to go

Clive Palmer’s lawyers are expected to begin the billionaire businessman’s defence at the $100 million Queensland Nickel trial. August 21, 2019 Clive Palmer’s legal team at the Queensland Nickel collapse trial is set to begin the billionaire businessman’s defence. Mr Palmer is fighting a $100 million lawsuit brought by two sets of liquidators over the Townsville […]

Aunt to be sentenced over Qld boy’s death

A nurse who caused her sick nephew’s death by denying him medical treatment in a bid to cover up years of abuse is set to learn her fate in a Queensland court. August 21, 2019 A Brisbane nurse caused her nephew’s death by failing to seek medical treatment for his serious illness for fear of […]

Charge over 1964 Qld jewel heist murder

The oldest cold case in Australia could possibly be solved after Queensland detectives charged an 80-year-old man with killing a police informant 55 years ago. August 20, 2019 In what police believe may be the oldest cold case resolution in Australia, Vincent O’Dempsey has faced court accused of murdering a Queensland police informant 55 years […]

Palmer trial funding deal ‘not right’

The judge hearing Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel collapse trial has called for more information about the liquidators’ funding deal. August 20, 2019 The judge overseeing Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel collapse trial wants to know how much money the liquidators’ backers stand to make if they win. The billionaire businessman is fighting a $100 million lawsuit […]

Judge to decide on future of Palmer trial

Clive Palmer’s defence team has asked a judge to throw out Queensland Nickel collapse trial amid a dispute over the remaining claims against the his companies. August 20, 2019 Clive Palmer’s defence team have asked a judge to throw out the Queensland Nickel collapse trial amid a dispute over the remaining claims against the billionaire […]

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