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Police charge a man with 2001 murder of Gold Coaster Darren John Britza

Gold Coast Bulletin ANDREW POTTS October 31, 2014

POLICE have arrested and charged a third person with a 2001 Gold Coast murder today.
A 34-year-old Bundaberg man was charged with murder today, the third person involved in the case.
Known drug associate Darren John Britza was bashed in a Southport panel beating shop on Minnie shop on March 23 2001.
The 31-year-old’s body was missing until his skeletal remains were discovered under Canungra Creek bridge in March 2008 after record rainfall unearthed the gravesite.
The bones were wrapped in a blue tarp and his identity was only confirmed when police found a damaged SIM car was found.
In 2009 police charged a man and a woman with murder.
Earlier this year the woman was found guilty and sentenced to life for her part in the crime.
The man is expected to appear at the Bundaberg Magistrates Court today.

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Ebola virus: Genes ‘play significant role in survival’

BBC News

Genetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive the Ebola virus, say US scientists.
A study of mice infected with the virus found they showed a number of different symptoms, with 19% remaining unaffected by the disease.
This could explain why some people recover from the illness while others die in pain, the scientists said.
Their study is published in the journal Science.
Scientists from the universities of Washington and North Carolina, and the National Institute of Health in Montana, examined mice they had infected with the same species of Ebola virus causing the current outbreak in West Africa.

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Jamie Rex Teichmann pleads not guilty to murder of Michael Desmond Manson

News.com.au Brooke Baskin October 30, 2014

A YOUNG horse rider made the gruesome discovery.
Parked in the bush ahead, beneath the trees and in the long grass, was a blue ute with a man’s bare feet sticking out of the rear tray.
Coominya local Christopher Jennings told a jury in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday he found the body of family man Michael Desmond Manson, 48, dumped in the back of his own car and abandoned on a bush track near the Atkinson Dam on December 10, 2010.
Mr Jennings said he could tell straight away he had come across a dead body.
He rode home and called police.
Jamie Rex Teichmann, 39, pleaded not guilty before Justice Peter Flanagan to murdering Mr Manson during a violent roadside fight over a woman late at night in Coominya, west of Brisbane in the Lockyer Valley, on December 8, 2010.

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John Collins lured girl to his yacht with promises of work before raping her

News.com.au Brooke Baskin  October 30, 2014

A SEX predator who lured a young woman on to his yacht with the promise of a job as a live-aboard nanny had raped three other women in similar circumstances before her.
A jury in the District Court in Brisbane on Thursday found John Collins, 76, guilty of the rape and aggravated sexual assault of a young woman on his yacht the Pan Pacific while it was moored at the Southport Marina between December 1, 1999 and February 1, 2000.

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Queensland study discovers DNA abnormality shared by oesophageal cancer patients

ABC News 30 October 2014

A joint study conducted by three Queensland universities has discovered a DNA abnormality shared by oesophageal cancer patients.
Researchers believe determining the cause of the damage could lead to dramatic advancements in treating and even preventing throat cancer.
“Chromosomal catastrophe” is the name Queensland researchers have given to the sudden process of cell mutation they believe leads to oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC), one of Australia’s fastest rising cancers with one of the worst survival rates.

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Massive drug bust as police launch crackdown in the run up to Gold Coast Schoolies

Gold Coast Bulletin Mackenzie Ravn & Robyn Wuth October 31, 2014

A MAMMOTH drug bust at a Gold Coast cemetery has kicked off a police crackdown in the lead-up to Schoolies.
Rapid Action and Patrol group officers were checking a high-risk offender was following bail conditions when they saw two men acting suspiciously in the old Pimpama cemetery about 11pm on Wednesday.

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A machine operator accused of driving over his supervisor at Mt Moss Mine says he didn’t see him

Townsville Bulletin EMMA CHANNON October 31, 2014

A LOADER operator who fatally injured his supervisor at a North Queensland mine site says he couldn’t see him from his 40-tonne capacity truck.
Colin John Lee, 54, hit and killed father-of-three Michael Cassidy while he was working at Mt Moss Mine, about 150km northwest of Townsville.
Lee had been talking with Mr Cassidy, 46, at a section of the mine about his duties for the day, on August 26 2012, when Lee got into his front-end loader and drove off.
Police believe Lee hit Mr Cassidy in the head with the loader’s bucket, knocking him over, before driving forward and over his body.

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