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1. Teenage gunman linked to UK Jihadist.
Police are investigating the theory that the teenage gunman who shot and killed Sydney police IT specialist Curtis Cheng at Parramatta police headquarters on Friday afternoon was not a lone gunman.
The Australian reports that 15-year old Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar has been communicating online with a British radical associated with the terrorist group Islamic State.
The online connection is similar to that between a British teenager and Sevdet Besim, a Melbourne man arrested earlier this year for allegedly planning an Anzac Day terrorist attack.
The British teenager who is also 15 and cannot be named, was sentenced to life in prison just hours before Jabar shot and killed Curtis Cheng.
It is not known if Jabar was communicating with the same British teen.
The family of Jaber are co-operating with police in the investigation, though it has been reported his elder sister left Australia for Turkey the day before the shooting took place.
She has not been in contact with authorities since. The Australian reports there are fears she may have travelled to either Syria or Iraq.
2. Inquest opens into death of farmer Geoff Hunt, his wife and three children.
An inquest will open today in the NSW town of Wagga Wagga that will examine the motivations behind the Hunt family deaths.
Last September, farmer Geoff Hunt killed his wife Kim Hunt, 41, and their three children, Fletcher, 10, Mia, 8 and Phoebe, 6, at the family home near Lockhart.
At the inquest state coroner Michael Barnes will examine how the deaths occurred and what the motivation for the murders could have been.
Mrs Hunt’s sister Jenny Geppert released a statement yesterday thanking the local community for their support.
“The love and care from our friends and extended family will also be forever remembered,’’ she said.
“This week will be difficult for our families, another arduous formality to endure.
“We hope that this tragedy may remind all of what really matters in this world and to act with humility and empathy towards others at all times. Thank you in advance.”
For help: Lifeline 13 11 14. Kid’s Helpline: 1800 55 1800.
3. Hottest October weather for 73 years.
Did you cope yesterday? Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane all experienced the hottest early October day ever – and more is yet to come.