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Archive for January, 2020
Qld triple murder accused to be released

A man charged with the 1978 murders of three people in North Queensland has been given bail after some of the evidence against him was found to be exaggerated. January 31, 2020 A former prison guard charged over the murder of three friends on an outback motorcycle adventure four decades ago will be released on […]

Man jailed over mortar and pestle torture

A man who did nothing to help a woman bashed, bound and gagged during a night of torture over a drug debt has been jailed in Queensland. January 30, 2020 A Brisbane woman was bashed with a mortar and pestle and threatened with death before being bound and gagged during a night of torture over […]

Tourist jailed for Qld card skimming

A French-Brazilian man behind a card-skimming operation using hidden cameras at Brisbane automated teller machines has been jailed. January 29, 2020 A French-Brazilian tourist used hidden cameras at Brisbane ATMs to steal personal identification numbers before fleecing victims of tens of thousands of dollars. Douglas Da Silva Rangel, 32, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District […]

No bail for ex-London cop jailed for arson

A former London police officer jailed for burning down his Queensland home will remain behind bars ahead of his High Court appeal against his conviction. January 29, 2020 A former London metropolitan police officer who blew up his Queensland home in a huge explosion before fraudulently attempting to make an insurance claim has been denied […]

Perth man charged with attempted murder

A West Australian man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly slashed another man’s throat with a knife. January 19, 2020 A West Australian man accused of slashing another man’s throat with a knife has been charged with attempted murder. The 23-year-old man allegedly attacked his 39-year-old victim about 9pm on Friday after he […]

Storms pepper SE Qld as deluge continues

Southeast Queensland is bracing for more storms on Sunday but the rainfall is forecast to be much less than the record-breaking deluge that hit the Gold Coast. January 19, 2020 Storms have continued to pepper southeast Queensland overnight with heavy falls recorded on the Sunshine Coast and the Wide Bay area. The weather bureau warns […]

Qld balcony attempt murder charges dropped

Attempted murder charges against two men accused of pushing another man off a balcony in Brisbane have been dropped. January 16, 2020 Two men accused of trying to murder an alleged drug dealer, who fell from a Brisbane balcony, have walked from court after the charges against them were dropped. Matthew James Cox and Rikki Dean […]

Qld stabbing murder-accused to stand trial

A Queensland man who allegedly stabbed another man to death during a fight at a birthday party will stand trial for murder. January 16, 2020 What was meant to be a birthday party at a Brisbane leagues club descended into a deadly fight between two regulars, a court has been told. The altercation left Adam John […]

Qld man murdered at birthday bash

A Queensland man who allegedly stabbed another man to death during a fight at a birthday party will stand trial for murder. January 16, 2020 A Queensland man accused of stabbing another man to death during a fight at a birthday party has been committed to stand trial for murder. Levi John Stephen Elliott, 31, […]

No bail for suspected Qld drug trafficker

A Queensland man “caught off guard” by police in a hotel room with a $2 million drug haul has been denied bail. January 14, 2020 A Brisbane man who disappeared for five years before allegedly being “caught off guard” by police with millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs has been denied bail. Paul Luu, […]

Failed Aussie music service boss banned

The corporate watchdog has disqualified the former director of collapsed Australian music streaming service Guvera from managing companies for two years. January 14, 2020 The former director of collapsed Australian music streaming service Guvera has been banned from managing companies for two years by the corporate watchdog. Gold Coast man Darren Russel Herft was disqualified […]

Murder accused Qld mum still under probe

A Queensland woman accused of murdering her two adult children for insurance payouts has had her case mentioned in court. January 13, 2020 An investigation into a Queensland mother accused of murdering her two disabled adult children for insurance payouts continues, a court has heard. Maree Crabtree’s case was briefly mentioned in Brisbane Magistrate’s Court […]

Man to be tried for historical gang rape

A man has been committed to stand trial for allegedly taking part in the gang rape of a woman in Brisbane’s West End 25 years ago. January 13, 2020 A man accused of taking part in the gang-rape of a Queensland woman on her 21st birthday more than two decades ago will finally face justice. […]

Concern as hundreds flee Cape York riot

Concern is growing for hundreds of people who fled an isolated community in far north Queensland following a violent riot on New Year’s Day. January 10, 2020 Concern is growing for hundreds of people who fled an isolated community in far north Queensland following a violent riot sparked by an alleged murder. Homes were firebombed […]

Bushfire victim wins Lotto after home lost

A Queensland man’s million-dollar Lotto win will help him rebuild his uninsured home after it was burned to the ground in a bushfire. January 9, 2020 A Queensland bushfire victim, whose uninsured home was burned to the ground, will be able to rebuild it after winning a million dollars in a lottery. The overjoyed man, […]

Hundreds flee Nth Qld New Year’s riot

Concern is growing for hundreds of people, who fled an isolated community in Far North Queensland following violent riots. January 9, 2020 Murder-fuelled riots have caused hundreds of people to flee an isolated community in Far North Queensland, with dozens of children among those hiding out in a bush camp. Homes were firebombed on New […]

Dozens charged following Nth Qld riot

Police have charged more people following murder-fuelled riots and the destruction of six homes in an isolated community on Cape York. January 9, 2020 More people have been charged following murder-fuelled riots and the destruction of six homes in an isolated community in far north Queensland.  The houses were firebombed on New Year’s Day when a […]

Qld fire chief defends fewer hazard burns

Queensland’s top firefighter has fended off Opposition criticism that fewer hazard reduction burns had put some of the state’s communities at greater risk. January 8, 2020 Queensland’s top firefighter has rejected claims fewer hazard reduction burns have increased the risk of bushfires. The LNP opposition claimed the Queensland government left communities vulnerable to bushfires by […]

Australia’s catastrophic bushfire season

Twenty-four people are dead, one is missing and more than 1800 homes have been destroyed as fires burned through over 10 million hectares of land. January 6, 2020 AUSTRALIA’S CATASTROPHIC 2019/20 BUSHFIRES SEASON: NSW * 19 people dead, one missing * 136 bushfires burning on the South Coast, Snowy Mountains, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and […]

ASX to open soft as US-Iran tensions grow

Australian shares can expect a “softish” start as concern grows over US-Iranian tensions following a US drone strike that killed an Iranian military leader. January 5, 2020 Australia’s share market is set for a “softish” open as concern grows over escalating US-Iranian tensions and the potential it may push the oil price higher. Global markets […]

Australia’s catastrophic bushfire season

Twenty-two people are dead, 21 more are missing and more than 1500 homes have been destroyed as fires burned through over six-million hectares of land. January 4, 2020 AUSTRALIA’S CATASTROPHIC 2019-20 BUSHFIRES SEASON: NSW/ACT * 17 people dead * 137 bushfires burning, 60 uncontained * 3.6 million hectares burned, greater than the size of Belgium […]

Mass evacuations as fire conditions worsen

Thousands of people have evacuated communities in Australia’s bushfire-ravaged southeast ahead of extreme fire-weather forecast for the weekend. January 3, 2020 Thousands of people have fled Australia’s bushfire-ravaged southeast as the death toll rises and catastrophic fire conditions approach. The worst fires are burning in Victoria’s east and on the NSW south coast, where eight […]

Fire crews brace for worst, thousands flee

South Australia is bracing for extreme fire-weather as blocked roads and fuel shortages hamper the mass evacuation of the nation’s bushfire-ravaged southeast. January 3, 2020 Fire crews in South Australia are bracing for a day of extreme fire-weather on Friday as traffic queues, blocked roads and fuel shortages hamper the mass evacuation of the nation’s […]

Thousands flee extreme bushfire threat

Thousands of people are evacuating fire-threatened communities in Australia’s southeast as extreme weather conditions are forecast for the weekend. January 2, 2020 Traffic queues, blocked roads and fuel shortages are hampering a mass evacuation of Australia’s bushfire-ravaged southeast ahead of extreme fire-weather forecast for the weekend. The worst blazes are burning in Victoria’s east and […]

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