Body-in-the-laundry killer jailed

A Wollongong man who killed a pensioner and dropped his body from a second-storey window inside a surfboard bag, then planned to kill a witness with a heroin overdose, has received been sentenced to 19 years in jail with a non-parole period of 14 years. Mark Kenneth Jenkin, 47, was found guilty of manslaughter in June after carrying out at least two violent assaults on Mark Dower, 56, at a housing commission in Mangerton in 2015. Jenkin, who bashing the man so severely a tooth was found in his stomach,…

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‘Covered in blood’: Man stabbed to death

Police arrested two men late last night and are continuing to investigate the circumstances around the death of the man at his home in Campbellfield, in Melbourne’s north. Emergency services were called to the Augusta Ave home just after 9pm yesterday to reports the man had been stabbed. On arrival, they found a man in his 50s with injuries to his chest. Despite the best efforts from emergency services, he was unable to be saved and died inside the home. A neighbour spoke about the horrific crime scene last night,…

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Fury over Labor leadership ‘stitch-up’

Rising star Jim Chalmers is the only other Labor figure seriously considering running against Mr Albanese. However it’s understood he is being told to back off by one of the country’s top union officials, who has warned there will be massive backlash within the ALP if Mr Chalmers runs. Angry Labor MPs in Victoria are urging Mr Chalmers to run, even though his chances of winning are very low, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. They have reportedly warned that the party would face “six years in opposition” under Mr Albanese…

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Mother and toddler plunged to death in her ‘favourite place’

The bodies of Tanja Ludwig, 33, and her two-year-old daughter Tilly were recovered from the base of the cliff below Robertson Lookout at Mt Keira near Wollongong on Tuesday afternoon. The tragic discovery came after emergency services were called to the site following reports of a concern for welfare. It’s believed Ms Ludwig, originally from Germany, plunged to her death in dense bushland with the child in her arms. Wollongong police have launched an investigation and are treating the deaths as a murder suicide. A report will be prepared for…

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Who is Anthony Albanese?

After Bill Shorten’s dismal failure in the unlosable election, however, this could be Anthony Albanese’s moment. The 56-year-old MP for Grayndler in Sydney’s west has declared his intention to run for the leadership, and looks set to run unopposed after Tanya Plibersek declined to compete and Chris Bowen pulled out. Last night, he vowed a Labor Party he leads would have a “different emphasis” on how it would “create wealth” for Australians to the one Mr Shorten created. This could be Labor MP Anthony Albanese’s big moment. Picture: AAP Image/Joel…

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Chinese Government responds to Coalition win with warning

In its first response to the Prime Minister’s re-election, Beijing has accused his government of treating it with “bias and suspicion”. An editorial in the state-owned China Daily newspaper accuses Mr Morrison of having a “superficial perception” of the rising superpower, calling on his government to “refresh its perspective on China”. “Apart from delivering his campaign promises to the Australian people, of which he made few, Morrison may also need to recalibrate his country’s relations with China,” the editorial states. It draws on heightened tensions between Canberra and Beijing in…

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Walter Mikac breaks down recalling his family’s horrific deaths

Mikac’s wife Nanette, and daughters Alannah, 6 and Madeline, 3, were among the 35 people killed by Martin Bryant on April 28. Nanette had pleaded with the gunman not to hurt her babies. In a moving episode of Anh Do’s Brush With Fame, Mr Mikac said he remembered saying to friends as they tried to comfort him, “Couldn’t he have even left me one?” Mr Mikac also recalled the moment he found out his family had been killed and said he wanted to die alongside them. Walter Mikac with his…

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Five people arrested after alleged $1.1m scam of NDIS

The arrests in western Sydney follow what has been dubbed a “brazen scam” where the National Disability Insurance Scheme was defrauded of at least $1.1 million by an organised crime syndicate. A Porsche Cayenne, an Audi A3 and Mercedes E63 were recovered, suspected of being purchased with fraudulent funds. Luxury cars including a Porsche are among a bounty of goods seized by Australian Federal Police.Source:AFP Five people were arrested on Wednesday for exploiting and stealing from disabled Australians.Source:AFP According to a statement from the AFP, all five people were arrested…

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Accused car bomber given jail privileges

Deanna Struber, 31, appeared in Wollongong Local Court to try and have her strict bail conditions weakened. Ms Struber was arrested at her Lake Heights home, in the south of the NSW city of Wollongong, on April 2. Her partner Ryan Sharp, 33, had been arrested hours earlier in dramatic scenes involving the heavily armed public riot squad. Mr Sharp has been in jail since his arrest after he was refused bail on April 5. Ms Struber was released on strict conditional bail, charged with accessory after the fact to…

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Man allegedly punched paramedic who treated him

Police called an ambulance after responding to reports of an intoxicated man in Surry Hills about 7.30pm on Tuesday. It’s alleged the 37-year-old became increasingly belligerent and aggressive towards them. “The man then walked towards one of the ambulance paramedics and used a closed fist to strike the 25-year-old woman on her left forearm,” NSW Police said in a statement. The paramedic wasn’t injured but the man was arrested and later charged with assault. He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court on Wednesday. News

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