Child rapist gets decade

The Courier Mail 27 May, 2016 p. 23

A girl, 5, who was tortured with a burning cigarette and repeatedly raped by her mother’s boyfriend still lives in fear of her tormentor, almost a year and a half later…
…the Brisbane District Court heard.
The man yesterday pleaded guilty to seven charges, including four counts of rape, torture and possession of child exploitation material.

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Fears Cairns dengue fever case locally acquired as experts worry about unreported cases

ABC News Frances Adcock and Sharnie Kim 27 May 2016

Health authorities are concerned there may be unreported dengue fever cases in the Cairns region in far north Queensland.
A Manoora resident has fallen ill, despite not having travelled overseas recently, suggesting they caught the mosquito-borne virus locally.
“The people that may have been bitten at the same time yes [they’re concerning],” Dr Richard Gair from Tropical Public Health Services said.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-27/fears-of-locally-acquired-dengue-case-in-cairns/7450950

Man charged over death of woman at campground near Winton faces court

ABC News Isabella Higgins 27 May 2016

A man charged with the death of a women in central western Queensland has had his case adjourned in a Rockhampton court.
Troy Allan Donovan is charged with grievous bodily harm, after a 38-year-old woman was found dead last month at Bladensburg National Park, south of Winton.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-27/man-charged-over-campground-death-faces-court/7450626

Legal highs ban unenforceable, claim pharmacologists, forensics experts and lawyers

Independent Adam Lusher 26 May 2016

A blanket ban on legal highs has come into force amid warnings it is “unworkable” and drug dealers will be able to escape prosecution.
The Independent has been told that concerns about the law’s enforceability – which reportedly influenced the decision to postpone its implementation from 6 April – have been greatly increased by the release of the Government’s ‘forensic strategy’ outlining the testing regime underpinning the Act. This was published, with relatively little fanfare, on 20 May.
Forensics experts, pharmacologists and lawyers say the ban will be “fraught with difficulty” and open to being defeated by “any self-respecting barrister”.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/legal-highs-ban-unenforceable-claim-pharmacologists-forensics-experts-and-lawyers-a7048536.html

Concern Zika causes baby eye problems

BBC News 25 May 2016

Scientists studying the Zika outbreak in Brazil are becoming increasingly concerned the virus may cause eye damage in babies.
Stanford University researchers found abnormal bleeding and lesions in the eyes of three infant boys whose mothers had caught Zika while pregnant.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36366946

Link to article in Ophthalmology: http://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420%2816%2930277-9/fulltext

Task Force Maxima ice arrest, Gold Coast

Qld Police Media 27 May 2016

Detectives investigating the link between the trafficking of dangerous drugs by members of the Hells Angels OMCG have charged a 33-year-old Palm Beach woman this morning following the location of Methylamphetamine (ice) during the execution of a search warrant.
Detectives from Task Force Maxima conducted the raid at a Palm Beach residence earlier this morning. During the search, investigators allegedly located 26 grams of Methylamphetamine (ice) and drug equipment.

Read more: http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2016/05/27/task-force-maxima-ice-arrest-gold-coast/

Man sentenced for manslaughter following ‘horrific’ torture and killing of toddler

The Courier Mail May 26, 2016

A BRISBANE father-of-two has been sentenced to up to eight years behind bars for the brutal and “horrific” torture and killing of his vulnerable 13-month-old son.
The 29-year-old storeman appeared in the Supreme Court this morning before Justice Roslyn Atkinson.
He had earlier pleaded guilty to torture and manslaughter charges, but only after he initially lied to police, claiming the boy had slipped in the bath.
Crown Prosecutor Danny Boyle told the court the man had deliberately burned his son’s left foot on the kitchen stove after he “threw” the boy across the lounge-room into a wall, causing head injuries he would later die from.

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The Courier Mail Vanda Carson 27 May, 2016 p. 11
Dad jailed for tot’s torture
…according to findings  by Queensland’s top pathologist.
The findings by Dr Nathan Milne were read in the Supreme Court yesterday…
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