Wednesday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Police find the body of a Queensland mum who disappeared after dropping her child off at school.

The body of a young mother, missing since Monday morning, has been found by police in central Queensland, reports.

25-year-old Calliope mum Hannah Cook was last seen in Gladstone CBD around 9am on Monday, and went missing after dropping her child off at school in the morning.

Police officers located her car about 30km west of her hometown on Tuesday, before confirming they had also found her body.

There are no suspicious circumstances, and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Police said they were unable to release any immediate details on the young mother’s death.

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, Mamamia urges you to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. 

2. Chilling CCTV footage shows murdered mum Tara Brown’s final moments and killer’s vile actions.


Chilling CCTV footage of young mum Tara Brown’s final moments has been released after her former partner was sentenced to life in prison for her murder on Monday.

Lionel Patea, a former Bandido bikie, ran the 24-year-old mother of one’s car off the road in September 2015, before he bashed her with a metal plate as she lay trapped in the vehicle.

Tara Brown died a day later in hospital.

The newly released footage shows Patea speeding past in his black 4WD, before he runs along the street and picks up the weapon he used to kill Tara – a fire hydrant cover that weighed almost eight kilograms.

The footage also shows panicked witnesses rushing to help the young mum.

“She was upside down and I couldn’t help her, so I thought I would go ring the police and the ambulance,” witness Edward Harding told 7 News.

Witnesses initially thought Patea was trying to rescue the trapped woman, before he bludgeoned her 16 times.

Patea left the metal plate on his ex-partner’s face, with the CCTV footage showing him walking calmly away from the scene.

3. Gold Coast mum ‘helped her son die’ after he was arrested for child pornography offences.


A Gold Coast mum has been sentenced to three years in jail after she ‘helped her son take his own life’ after he was arrested for child pornography offences.

The Courier Mail reports that 50-year-old Kim Margaret Earle pleaded guilty to manslaughter when she appeared in the Brisbane Supreme Court today.

Earle believed her 18-year-old son had Asperger’s syndrome, and told the court of his “disturbing” obsession with child pornography.

When she told him he could be arrested, her son told her he would “rather kill himself than face jail”.

Her son died in their home.

She was later arrested for murder, but her charge was downgraded to manslaughter after the Mental Health Court determined she had diminished responsibility due to mental health issues at the time of the incident.

“I loved him very much. It was a privilege to be his mum,” Earle told the court.

4. A new skin cancer app is helping Australians detect melanoma with one photograph.

A new app that helps users get instant access to professional advice for skin cancer specialists has just been launched in Australia, 9 News reports.

With ‘Firstcheck’, users can snap a photo of a mole and get a virtual consultation with a professional for just $19.95.


After users upload their photo, they can expect to receive expert advice from a local specialist within 72 hours.

The co-founder of the app, Hayden Laird, told 9 News the idea was inspired by his grandfather, who was diagnosed with melanoma.

“My grandpa was diagnosed with melanoma and then my wife had a mole map. It was then we realised the power of telemedicine and how just through photos you can increase the reach and access to specialists,” he said.

Laird said the app would be especially useful for those living in rural areas of Australia.

Australia currently has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with 760,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

Firstcheck is available from Apple and Android app stores now, and is free to download.

5. NSW man arrested for allegedly attempting to design missiles for Islamic State.

A 42-year-old man has been arrested on terror offences in the NSW town of Young, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Haisem Zahab, an electrician, was arrested at his property for allegedly “attempting to research and design a laser warning device and missiles for IS over the internet”.

“We will also allege that he has been researching, designing and modelling systems to assist ISIL’s efforts to develop their own long-range guided missile capabilities,” AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said.

“We will be alleging that the material that he was intending to provide to ISIL, the research he was doing, was credible.”


Zahab had been under investigation for 18 months as part of an operation by the Australian Federal Police.

He was arrested after dozens of officers descended on his property to execute search warrants early Tuesday morning. No further arrests were made.

6. Perth man got his stepdaughter pregnant, then adopted the infant child.

Court documents have revealed a Perth man got his mentally-impaired stepdaughter pregnant, before he was permitted to adopt the child, The West reports.

The Court of Appeal deemed the man’s stepdaughter was “not able to guard herself against sexual exploitation”. She is believed to have been left with an IQ of 65 after suffering from brain inflammation as an infant.

She fell pregnant after her stepfather began having sex with her when she was 20. When the child was born, the woman’s mother cared for her grandchild.

When the mother died of cancer in 2002, the father of the child – and the stepdaughter’s abuser – was granted custody of the infant child.

Police became involved 10 years later when the mentally impaired woman made allegations of sexual abuse. The man was found guilty of sexually penetrating an incapable person and was jailed for a eight and a half years.

His appeal – launched this week – which brought the details of the case to light, was rejected.

Do you have a story to share with Mamamia? Email us [email protected]

00:00 / ???