1. Aboriginal girl racially abused at a Frozen event tried to scrub her skin white.
A three-year-old Aboriginal girl who was racially abused at a Melbourne shopping centre last week sat in the bath and scrubbed her skin until she bled in an attempt to make it white.
Samara Muir was waiting in line with her mother, Rachel, last week at an event for fans of the animated film Frozen when a woman and her two daughters began abusing them, SBS reports.
“We were standing in the line and the lady turned to her daughters and said, ‘I don’t know what that girl’s getting excited for because Elsa isn’t black’,” Ms Muir said.
“Then her daughters turned around and said: ‘Yeah, she is black and black is ugly.”
Ms Muir said her daughter was traumatised as a result and did not want to go to her dance classes, saying “black is ugly”.
“She was asking to have baths every day and she was soaping up to look white,” Ms Muir said. “But then she got the glove and scratched herself until it was red. I had to tell her skin colour isn’t going to come off. You are born that way and it isn’t going to come off.”
2. Melbourne man charged yesterday with the 2013 murder of his ex-wife to face court today.
A man charged yesterday with the murder of his ex-wife, whose body was found in a Victorian backyard in 2013, will appear in court today.
Fernando Manual Paulino, 53, was arrested and charged with murdering mother-of-two Teresa Mancuso, also known as Teresa Paulino.
The body of Ms Mancuso – who was aged 49 – was discovered by a relative at the back of the Reservoir home she shared with her mother on July 15, 2013.
It is believed the hairdresser was stabbed to death.
She and Mr Paulino divorced in 1998, but continued an “on-off relationship” until about 2010, the Herald Sun reports.
3. Drama over passenger demanded nuts or crackers costs airline $715,000.
An unruly passenger demanding “nuts or crackers” forced the unscheduled landed of a commercial flight at a cost of $715,000 to the airline.
A United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago landed in Belfast after the pilot became so concerned about the passenger’s behaviour that he turned the plane around over the Atlantic, the Telegraph reports.
The passenger, Californian Jeremiah Mathis Thede, allegedly stood up shortly after take-off – while the seat-belt sign was still on – and demanded nuts or crackers.
Staff apparently obliged the request, but 10 minutes later he allegedly demanded more, saying: “I can have as much nuts and crackers as I f—ing want.”
Passengers claim Mr Thede repeatedly got up from his seat, opened overhead lockers, blocked aisles and made numerous trips to the toilet.