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1. ‘Wolf Creek’ rapist in court: “Do this or I kill you.”

A German backpacker who had recently arrived in the country was fed chocolate laced with sedatives, cable-tied and raped in a Queensland shearing shed.

Peter Van de Wetering, 48, faced a sentence hearing in Brisbane’s District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to multiple offences, including kidnapping and rape.

Fairfax Media reports that the court heard the man picked up the backpacker at a bus stop south of Warwick in August 2013 after she answered an advertisement for a nanny and farmhand position.

Van de Wetering turned up in a hired car wearing a disguise involving a beard, wig and moustache.

He fed the 19-year-old chocolate and had her hands cable-tied Crown prosecutor David Meredith said.

She was taken to a shearing shed where he also bound her legs and raped her, it was heard.

Mr Meredith said during the attack the man wrapped his hands around the girl’s throat.

“He told her…`You will do this or I will kill you’,” Mr Meredith said.

The girl lost consciousness and woke up in the early hours of the next morning on a road near Stanthorpe.

Van de Wetering has spent more than 590 days in pre-sentence custody his sentencing was adjourned until this afternoon.

2. Baby abandoned on doorstep of home.

The student residents of a share house in Herston in inner Brisbane were shocked to find a baby on their verandah on Sunday afternoon and tried to comfort the three-month-old with cartoons.. before finding she wasn’t really interested.

Officers were called to the Herston Road address just after noon on Sunday after the infant was found.

Long Nguyen, the student who found the baby, was on his way to university when he came across the three-month-old on his front verandah reports Seven News.

“I was quite shocked, “he said.

I really didn’t know what was going on, and it took me a few minutes to calm myself.”

He said, “She woke up and started crying and I tried to calm her down, I turned on the TV and let her watch some cartoons, but well, that didn’t really help.”

The baby, a three-month-old girl, was unharmed and was taken to hospital, later police located a 41-year-old woman – believed to be the child’s mother – with a two-year-old toddler at Brisbane Airport.

The woman and her two children were reported missing by her husband early on Sunday morning, according to 7 News

Police later found the mother at the international airport but it is unclear whether she was intending to travel.


Officers from the Brisbane City Child Protection Investigation Unit are investigating the incident.

3. Fellow Olympian warned officials that Michael Diamond was headed for trouble.

Officials in the sport of shooting were warned weeks ago that Diamond was headed for trouble and may need help reports News Limited.  Fellow Olympian Russell Mark told Shooting Australia chief executive Damien Marangon of his concerns about Diamond’s recent behaviour.

Yesterday it was revealed that Diamond is facing charges of driving with a blood alcohol reading three times the legal limit and having a firearm in custody while having alcohol in his system.

“They should have taken action and they must take their share of responsibility. “I actually feel sorry for Michael. Forget about Olympic medals. He needs help. I tried to help him.

“He had a go at me in some late-night posts on Facebook but they were ­actually a scream for help from a guy with problems.”

“When Michael is not drinking he is manageable. But when he is drinking things become very difficult. It’s a sad story.”

In a statement yesterday, Shooting Australia said it was working with Michael Diamond.

“Shooting Australia is working closely with Michael to support him. We are also communicating with the Australian Olympic Committee and other stakeholders.”

4. ATO to launch review of benefits being paid to MP’s.

The Australian Taxation Office will launch a review of benefits being claimed by MPs, including the “double dipping” of benefits for rental properties in Canberra.

MPs and senators are able to claim travel allowance of $273 a night for staying in their own property in Canberra and they are also able to receive a tax deduction for the costs associated with that property.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said on Sunday that he was OK with MPs claiming travel allowances and tax deductions for their own homes in Canberra.

But yesterday Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said that Labor will cut some of the travel allowances politicians receive if it wins power in July.

Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan last night said “clear misunderstandings” about the benefits available to taxpayers had triggered the ATO’s decision to review the rules for MPs.

The Australian reports that Mr Jordan warned that any taxpayer including a member of parliament, should not be claiming deductions for travel expenses unless they had declared their travel allowance as income in their tax returns.

5. Freddie Gray death: Baltimore police officer found not guilty of charges.

A police officer has been found not guilty on all charges relating of a black man who died in custody in Baltimore.

Freddie Gray, 25, died after suffering a fatal spinal injury in April 2015, and his death sparked mass protests against police brutality across the city.


Edward Nero, 30, – one of six police officers charged – had been charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.

He had plead not guilty to the charges.

6. Charges after one woman assaulted another and threatened to “kill her” at a children’s basketball game.

A female spectator at an under 12’s basketball game is set to be charged over the assault of another woman after a brawl broke out on the side lines.

The victim was struck to the face during the assault, which occurred at Melton West in Melbourne about 12.20pm on Saturday.

The Herald Sun reports that during the altercation one woman threatened to kill another.

A witness said a man allegedly grabbed one woman around the neck and allegedly slamming her against a window.

It was out of control. Everyone was trying to break it up,’’ the witness said.

“There were kids who were upset and crying. It’s a kids’ game and this kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable.

“It was distressing for a large number of families. Even some of the mums looked visibly upset. It shook up everyone as it came from nowhere.”

Victoria Police spokesman Leading Sen-Constable Paul Turner said a 37-year-old woman was allegedly struck to the face and received minor injuries. A 49-year-old Melton South woman was arrested at the scene.

7. Women booking into sleep school before they have their babies.

New mums are anxious about what kind of sleep they will lose. Via IStock.

Anxious mums, unsure of what motherhood will bring are booking into sleep schools before their babies are even born.

“Pregnant women are buying a cot, a bassinet, a car seat, a pram, a breast pump — and booking in for sleep school,” author, midwife and maternal and child health nurse Cath Curtin told The Herald Sun.

“Mothers are so fixated about the birth … and then they go home and it’s like ‘Now what do I do?’

“My concern is that we have lost touch in teaching parents how to parent. It starts in hospital, where mums only stay for four days which is not long enough to be really taught what to do,” she said.

According to the report waiting lists at some Melbourne sleep schools are now stretching to four months.

The manager of Masada Private Hospital’s mother-baby unit, Patsy Thean said that not every baby will have a problem.

“You have to wait for a couple of months first,” Ms Thean said.

“It’s quite distressing if a new parent doesn’t know it’s normal for a baby to cry a total of three hours in a 24-hour time period. There are a lot of education classes out there for parents to prepare for the birth, but not much talk about what to do when the baby comes,” she said.

8. Brothers to pay sister's costs after will including Islamic inheritance law where one boy is equal to two girls is overturned.

A Canberra court has awarded costs to a woman whose mother had left her sons twice as much money as her daughters under Muslim rules of inheritance.


The two brothers have been ordered to pay their sister's legal fees after the will, created on the basis 'one boy is equal to two girls', was challenged.

In 2012, Fatma Omari successfully challenged the will of her late mother Mariem Omari, claiming she was coerced into signing the document in 2002 while suffering dementia.

Mariem Omari, who was illiterate, signed the will with a thumbprint after it was explained to her in her second language of Arabic.

The Canberra Times reports that as one of five daughters, Fatma Omari initially received just a half share of the estate according to the will, while her three brothers received a full share each.

The ACT Supreme Court ruled against the will saying the brothers arranged for their mother to execute the will knowing she didn't understand what she was doing or what the effect of the will would be.

The court believed the brothers thought they were doing the right thing in arranging for their mother to sign the will and said he didn't think either acted out of greed.

This week the brothers, Mohammed and Mustapha Omari, lost their bid to have their sister's court costs paid by their late mother's estate, and were ordered to pay their sister's legal fees.

9. Young adults confused about their messaging services.

Research out today has found that young Australians are stressed about the right communication methods to use for different people and situations and 39 per cent of young Australians yearning for a simpler time when they had to think less about the best way to contact someone.

The research, commissioned by amaysim, found that more Australians aged 18-24 are now using Facebook Messenger (88 per cent) than they are SMS (87 per cent), while Snapchat (50 per cent) and WhatsApp (27 per cent) are also nearing traditional SMS messaging.

But many of us aged between 18 and 24 don’t know the right method to use for the right situation.

For parents, 56 per cent said they prefer calling via mobile phone, while for friends, social media (51 per cent) and SMS (31 per cent) rule the roost. As for casual acquaintances, 45 per cent prefer to communicate with them via Facebook Messenger.

The research found that 44 per cent of young
 adults agreed that modern messaging options have added a new layer of stress to social situations due to the ability to see when messages are read (or haven’t been), when people are online (and possibly ignoring you), and when someone is (or isn’t) composing a reply.

This is contrast to those aged 55 and over where 82% of them hardly ever or never stress about the communication methods they use.

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