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1. Body of toddler dragged into water by an alligator at a Disney resort found.
Police have recovered the body of a two-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort. The horrific incident took place in Orlando Florida where the family, from Nebraska were holidaying.
“There is no question we will lose the 2-year-old child,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said earlier. “It’s now been 15 hours since the child has been taken into the water. We are working on recovering the body of the child at this point.”
“Our ultimate goal is to try and bring some closure to this family by bringing home their loved one.”
The toddler’s parents were on the sand when the alligator grabbed their son and dragged him deeper into the water.
The father rushed in and grabbed desperately for his son; he cut his hand but was unable to save the boy. The boy’s mother jumped in as well.
But it was too late.
The search continues for a 2-year-old boy grabbed by an alligator at A Disney resort hotel. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times Via Getty Images.
The little boy was playing on a white sandy beach that stretches along Disney’s luxe Grand Floridian Resort and Spa while the family watched a movie that was being screened outdoors. He had waded ankle-deep into the man-made lake known as Seven Seas Lagoon. A second sibling was with him and his parents were right by his side.
Trappers have caught and euthanized four alligators from the lagoon in the search for the boy’s body.
Signs posted near the lake warn against swimming in it, but there were no signs warning of alligators.
2. Former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara found guilty of student’s murder.
Former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara have been convicted of murdering and dumping at sea 20-year-old Jamie Gao.
The student with Triad connections had become mixed up with the two men over a drug deal.
The four-month NSW Supreme Court trial saw the men try to pin the fatal shooting on each other.
During the trial the jury saw CCTV footage from a Padstow Rent-A-Space shed in Sydney's southwest on May 20, 2014 showing Mr Gao walking into the shed, but only Rogerson, McNamara and a silver surfboard bag emerging.
Wrapped in the board cover was the body of Mr Gao.
The former detectives had lured him to the darkened unit, where he was shot and had 2.78kg of methamphetamine taken from him.
Six days later, a fisherman spotted the body, wrapped in a blue tarpaulin and chains, floating off Cronulla Beach.
Rogerson, 75, and McNamara, 57 turned on each other after being arrested.
Both spent several days in the witness box telling the jury the other had shot and killed Mr Gao.
After almost a week of deliberations the jury found both men guilty of murder and commercial drug supply charges.
Mr Gao's family says the legal system has worked and found two dangerous criminals guilty.
“While this is the verdict our family were hoping would be delivered, true justice can never really be served,” they said in a statement.
The men will be sentenced at a later date.