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Archive for April, 2020
Ex-prison guard guilty of drug trafficking

A former Queensland corrections officer, who joined a bumbling steroid supply syndicate, has avoided jail after he was convicted of drug trafficking. April 20, 2020 A former Queensland prison guard has avoided jail for drug trafficking after joining a bumbling steroid supply syndicate. The unsophisticated drug ring sold about 1000 units of the bodybuilding drug […]

Qld school in court over boy’s long hair

A Cook Island boy who is growing his hair for cultural reasons will learn in June if he has to abide by his private school’s rules and cut his long hair. April 29, 2020 A five-year-old Cook Island boy will have to wait another two months to find out if he will be expelled from […]

Man jailed for stabbing wife after she asked for a divorce

An Indian national, who stabbed his wife more than 20 times at their Brisbane home after she asked for a divorce, has been sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment. April 28, 2020 An Indian man has been jailed for stabbing his wife more than 20 times during a frenzied attack at their Brisbane home after she […]

Judge-only trial for Qld murder accused

A man accused of murdering his business partner in 1997 has successfully applied for a judge-only trial after his jury trial was suspended because of COVID-19. April 27, 2020 A Queensland man who allegedly shot his business partner in the head more than two decades ago will be tried for murder without a jury. Philip […]

Qld road-rage murder conviction quashed

Brisbane man Jamie Douglas Saxon will be retried for allegedly murdering a German backpacker after his conviction was quashed on appeal. April 27, 2020 A Queensland man sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing a drunk German backpacker has had his conviction overturned on appeal. Jamie Douglas Saxon, 36, was found guilty of murder […]

Serial rapist sentenced for sex attacks in jail

Notorious rapist Raymond Henry Garland indecently assaulted fellow inmates at a Queensland prison in the months before he was released and raped three people. April 24, 2020 A notorious rapist, who has spent almost four decades behind bars, has been sentenced for historical sex attacks on two young men in a Queensland prison. Raymond Henry […]

Polish nanny death due to Qld rape: lawyer

A prosecutor says a Polish nanny deliberately drove her car into the path of a truck in a bid to take her own life after being violently raped in Queensland. April 22, 2020 A Polish national deliberately drove her car into the path of a truck to end her life after being bashed and raped […]

Qld man raped and tortured woman for three weeks

A Queensland man raped and burned a woman during 23 days of depraved violence that grew more brutal as her injuries worsened. April 21, 2020 A Queensland man systematically raped and burned a woman during three weeks of drug-induced violence that grew more brutal as her injuries worsened. Nicholas John Crilley, 34, pleaded guilty to […]

Man jailed for bashing mate with frypan

A Queensland man has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment after he attacked a housemate with a frypan and fractured his skull. April 20, 2020 A Queensland man fractured a housemate’s skull with a frypan after butting into an argument that did not involve him. Samuel Gomes, 26, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm, wounding, […]

COVID-19 claims life of sixth Queenslander

Another Queenslander has died from COVID-19 after travelling on a cruise liner, as the state’s coronavirus infection rate continues to creep forward. April 19, 2020 Queensland’s coronavirus infection rate continues to grow as a sixth person dies after contracting the disease while onboard a cruise ship. The 83-year-old man died while quarantining in Sydney after […]

Sixth Queenslander dies from COVID-19

Another Queenslander has died from COVID-19 after travelling on a cruise liner, while eight people have tested positive for the disease overnight. April 18, 2020 A sixth Queenslander has died after contracting the coronavirus while onboard a cruise ship as the state’s infection rate continues to creep forward. The tragic news comes as the Palaszczuk government boosts […]

Qld’s COVID-19 ‘care army’ ranks boosted

Senior citizens struggling with isolation due to Queensland’s COVID-19 lockdown can look forward to more support from the “care army”. April 18, 2020 The Queensland government has boosted support for senior citizens isolated by the coronavirus as thousands of people sign up to join the “care army”. About 25,000 people have enlisted to support the […]

Queensland man charged after baby abducted

Police have charged a Queensland man after a six-week-old baby girl was allegedly abducted and her mother assaulted with a knife. April 18, 2020 A Queensland man who allegedly knifed a woman and abducted her six-week-old baby girl is in police custody after being charged with domestic violence offences. Police say the man, aged 34, […]

Queensland COVID-19 death toll climbs to six

Another Queenslander has died from COVID-19 after travelling on a cruise ship, while eight people have tested positive for the disease overnight. April 18, 2020 A sixth Queenslander has died after contracting the coronavirus while onboard a cruise liner. The 83-year-old man died while quarantining in Sydney after he was a passenger on the Celebrity […]

Queensland offers $200m bailout to Virgin

Cash-strapped airline Virgin Australia has been offered a $200 million lifeline by the Queensland government but it comes with strings attached. April 18, 2020 The Queensland government has offered $200 million to help rescue Virgin Australia, as the cash-strapped airline struggles to survive. The airline suspended trading in its shares to continue talks on financial aid […]

Qld doctor loses appeal over sex assault

A former Brisbane doctor found guilty of inappropriately touching a female patient during an examination has failed to have his conviction overturned. April 17, 2020 A former Queensland doctor, convicted of inappropriately touching a female patient during an examination, admitted he had crossed the line when his victim confronted him days later. Samitha Vernon Sudusinghe, […]

Qld wife killer uses Pell case at appeal

Convicted wife killer John Chardon has attempted to use the High Court’s recent decision on Cardinal George Pell to overturn his manslaughter conviction. April 16, 2020 A Queensland millionaire has attempted to use the High Court’s decision on Cardinal George Pell to have his conviction for killing his wife quashed. John William Chardon, 72, also […]

Olympian’s brother fails in bail attempt

The brother of dual Olympic silver medallist Nathan Baggaley, who is accused of attempting to import half a tonne of pure cocaine, has been denied bail. April 15, 2020 An Olympic kayaker’s brother, who is accused of a bungled bid to smuggle half-a-tonne of pure cocaine, has been refused bail for a second time by […]

Queensland terrorism suspect faces court

A Queensland man accused of attempting to support a terrorist organisation will have to wait to learn if he will be extradited to NSW to face trial. April 14, 2020 An alleged Queensland terrorism sympathiser will have to wait to learn if he will be extradited to NSW to face trial. Alaa Adam Atwani is […]

Jailed Brit say COVID-19 has created hysteria in Qld jail

A British man charged with the possession and supply of dangerous drugs over $90 million of illegal drugs wants bail so he can move to a detention centre. April 14, 2020 A British national with alleged links to an international drug syndicate that attempted to import $90 million of illegal drugs into Queensland has applied for […]

Queensland coronavirus cases trend lower

Health Minister Steven Miles says Queensland’s hard work stopping the spread of the coronavirus is starting to pay off but the state must remain vigilant. April 10, 2020 Queensland restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus are starting to pay off with just 13 new cases diagnosed overnight. That brings the seven-day total to 93 […]

Woman breaches Qld quarantine for towels

A Brisbane court has given a NSW woman a hefty fine after she breached coronavirus self-quarantine because there were no fresh towels in her hotel room. April 9, 2020 A woman has spent a night behind bars and been fined $2000 after breaching coronavirus self-quarantine at a Queensland hotel because no fresh towels were sent […]

Ex-Kleenmaid boss denied COVID-19 bail

A Queensland court has denied bail to a chronically-ill 66-year-old man, who is sleeping on a prison floor while waiting to appeal his fraud conviction. April 8, 2020 A chronically-ill Queensland man, who is sleeping on a prison floor while waiting to appeal his fraud and insolvent trading conviction, has been denied bail. Kleenmaid founder […]

Ex-Kleenmaid boss sleeping on jail floor

A 66-year-old Queensland man, who is sleeping on the floor in prison after he was jailed for fraud, is attempting to use the coronavirus crisis to be released. April 8, 2020 An ex-director of a failed Queensland whitegoods company, who is sleeping on the floor in prison after he was jailed for fraud, is attempting […]

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