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1. Adelaide student says he killed his demanding mother in self-defence after a dispute about piano practice.
An Adelaide student admits he killed his mother, but claims it was in self-defence after the pair fought about him not wanting to practice the piano, a court heard.
Wei “Daniel” Li, 22, told a jury his mother, Emma Mae Tian, 41, yelled and screamed at him and then “came at me out of nowhere” with something in her hand, the ABC reports.
“I think she wanted to kill me, I had to fight back, I had to stop her,” he told the South Australian Supreme Court.
The law student said he was unable to reason with his mother and could not remember anything beyond that point.
The court heard Ms Tian suffered more than 50 injuries and was hit with a metal pole and strangled in the March 2011 attack at the family home.
Li said his mother “meant everything to (him)” and he wrapped her bloodied body in sheets on the lounge room floor “out of respect”.
He said he began playing the piano at age three and his mother wanted him to reach a professional standard. He also said he would get “a beating” if he didn’t get straight As.
The court heard Li had searched topics including stabbing, tying knots, avoiding police and mobile phone tracking on his laptop around the time his mother died.
He was located in China three years after the alleged murder.
2. Man who lost family in horror car smash in India dies.
An Adelaide restaurateur who lost his entire family when a tyre blew out on their hire car on a highway in India has passed away.
Rupen Dutta died in hospital in India’s capital New Delhi, a friend of the family confirmed to Fairfax Media.
His wife, sister-in-law, and three children all died in the accident earlier this month, and his father-in-law died of a heart attack in hospital after learning of the deaths of his daughters and granddaughters.
The family was on their way to the Taj Mahal when a tyre burst on their and they lost control of the vehicle.
“It’s just so sad and feels like complete waste of life … The whole family’s gone now, all five of them,” one friend said.
“RIP dear Rupen and Anamika, and the kids.”
3. Cate McGregor apologises for saying David Morrison was a “weak and conventional” choice for Australian of the Year.
Australian of the Year finalist Cate McGregor has apologised for saying her former colleague and Army chief David Morrison was a “weak and conventional choice” for the top honours.