Herald Sun News/The Courier Mail Tony Keim December 13, 2013
QUEENSLAND’S highest court has slashed the 20-year jail sentence handed to an infamous serial rapist for brutal sex attacks on four women.
The Court of Appeal in Brisbane on Friday shaved seven years off the record sentence given to former nightclub DJ Gary Une Turnbull in June 2002.
The decision paves the way for Turnbull to seek immediate parole.
Turnbull, then aged 27, was described at his sentencing hearing as a brutal sexual predator who had shattered the lives of each of his four victims during a spate of attacks between October 6, 1998, and June 15, 2001.
ABC News 12 Dec 2013
Queensland police say a man known to be a member of the Finks motorcycle club has pleaded guilty to assaulting a cyclist on the Gold Coast.
The 43-year-old repeatedly kicked the cyclist in the head, side and back at Hope Island yesterday.
The Australian Rick Morton December 13, 2013
POLICE officers who tasered a Brazilian tourist in Sydney before he died could be charged with assault over their roles in the incident, the Police Integrity Commission said this morning.
“The Police Integrity Commission referred a brief of evidence to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions recommending that consideration should be given to the prosecution of a number of police officers,” a release says.
The Cairns Post Caitlin Guilfoyle December 13, 2013
“WHERE there is Mum, there is home … but where are you Mum, where is home?”
Words of a young man robbed of his mother left a courtroom in silence yesterday.
The statement came after Klaus Julius Andres was found guilty of murdering his wife Li Ping Cao, 42, after admitting he dissolved her corpse in a bath of acid until just 10 porcelain teeth remained.
The Courier Mail AAP December 13, 2013
A MAN is refusing to co-operate with police after he took himself to a Brisbane hospital with gunshot wound.
Police say they haven’t been able to set up a crime scene because the man won’t tell them where he was shot.
The 35-year-old victim will undergo surgery on Friday for the wound to his right hip.
He took himself to the Prince Charles Hospital about 1am.
Police say they’d like to hear from anyone who witnessed or heard a disturbance in the Nundah area, in north-east Brisbane, where the shooting may have occurred.
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J. Burnett [et al.] (2013) Academic Forensic Pathology, 3(4):458-467
Elder mistreatment (EM) and elder self-neglect (SN) are risk factors for mortality. Medical examiners (ME) seldom investigate EM and SN as potential influences of death in older adults. Recognizing forensic markers associated with EM and/or SN may lead to further
investigation into EM and SN as potential contributors and thus, may impact the cause and manner of death.
Methods: One-hundred and ninety-two Adult Protective Services (APS)-substantiated EM and SN cases 65 years of age and older, residing in Houston, Texas in Harris County with ME records were matched on age, race, gender and socio-economic status to individuals with ME records and no APS history. A conditional logistic regression was conducted to identify variables that reliably predict ME cases with an APS history.
Results: APS cases had significantly higher odds of having a history of pressure sores (OR: 2.4; 95% CI = 1.2 – 4.9), but had significantly lower odds of presenting with abnormally high body mass indexes (OR: 0.5; 95% CI = 0.3 – 0.9).
Conclusion: These data suggest that forensic case information such as a decedent history of pressure sores may indicate a past history of elder mistreatment or self-neglect. In contrast, having an abnormally high body mass index may indicate a lack of APS history. More studies are needed to better define these predictors and to identify other predictors that may assist forensic pathologists in identifying deaths in older adults that may have been impacted by EM and/or SN.
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ABC News Joanna Crothers 12 December 2013
A man accused of assaulting a police officer in the surf on Queensland’s Gold Coast has been remanded in custody.
Shane Hookey, 30, has been charged with three counts of assault and one of unlawful entry.
The Southport Magistrates Court had previously heard that Hookey was seen breaking into a car at Coolangatta last month, before fleeing into the surf.
Police say Hookey refused to come out of the water for more than an hour, and he fought with an officer who went into to retrieve him.
Hookey’s lawyer asked for an adjournment today and the matter will be heard in February.
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Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros December 12, 2013
A cyclist needed stitches to his face and ear after a vicious assault at the hands of an alleged Finks bikie on the Gold Coast.
The 43-year-old cyclist was riding along Hope Island Road on Hope Island when he was nearly hit by a white van about 8am on Wednesday.
The Courier Mail Thomas Chamberlin December 12, 2013
THE mum of a Schoolies teen accused of assaulting another school-leaver with a ceramic coffee mug says “the truth will come out”.
Kate Nicole Szepanowski, 18, faced court on Thursday charged with assaulting another teen with an “offensive instrument” during Schoolies celebrations at Surfers Paradise.
News.com.au December 12, 2013
A MAN is in hospital after yet another king hit on Queensland’s streets.
The man was allegedly punched in the head outside the Club Tavern nightclub on Matthew Tce, Caboolture, about 9.30pm Wednesday.
Paramedics said the force of the punch left the 49-year-old with a concussion.
He was taken to Caboolture Hospital for further treatment.
Police investigations into the incident are continuing.
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