News in 5: Video of the moment Chris Watts' story fell apart; Parliament apologises to ABC journalist; Saudi prince culpable in Khashoggi death.

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1. The moment Chris Watts’ story fell apart, just two days after killing his wife and two daughters.

A newly-released video shows the moment authorities arrested Chris Watts – two days after his pregnant wife Shanann and their two daughters were murdered.

In a video obtained by PEOPLE and excerpted by 9News in Denver, Watts is seen to be questioned by hours by police on August 15.

He underwent a polygraph test but failed it. When questioned about what really happened, Watts maintained his innocence.

“I didn’t lie to you on that polygraph, I promise,” he told an officer before requesting a meeting with his father.

After speaking to his dad, Watts told authorities that he saw Shanann killing Celeste in the baby monitor and he strangled her in a rage, but police did not believe this version of events.

The video shows police asking Watts to stand up and face the wall before he is handcuffed and arrested, just hours before police announced they’d discovered the bodies of Shanann, Bella and Celeste on a property owned by the Colorado man’s former employer.

The girls had been submerged in crude oil vats, while their mother, who was 15 weeks pregnant, had been buried in a shallow grave nearby.

At his sentencing in November, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said Shanann had been strangled, and Watts’ daughters were smothered. His four-year-old daughter Bella showed signs of fighting for her life.

Authorities have said Watts was having an affair with a co-worker and believed his motive was so he could have a fresh start with this new love.

“The evidence tells us this: The defendant coldly and deliberately ended four lives, not in a fit of rage, not by way of accident, but in a calculated and sickening manner,” Rourke told the court.

Watts refused to speak himself, but through his attorney said he was “very sorry”.

Nearly two weeks after pleading guilty to their murders, as well as one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body, Watts was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

2. ABC reporter wins apology after being removed from parliament for ‘baring too much skin’.


ABC reporter Patricia Karvelas should not have been kicked out of Question Time on Monday for showing “too much skin”, according to an investigation.

Karvelas tweeted about her disappointment moments after the incident, sharing a photo of the short-sleeved top she was wearing.

When asked how she reacted to being removed from Question Time, the RNDrive host said, “I politely put my case that these are short sleeves.”

“I left when the attendant insisted. I think the rule is out of step with contemporary standards,” she added.

Yesterday, Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne apologised to Karvelas after Speaker Tony Smith found she should not have been asked to leave.

“The journalist in question was attired in a way which would be reasonably considered professional business attire,” Smith said.


“She should in hindsight not have been asked to leave.”

Karvelas at the time sat in the gallery – wearing a jacket.

Smith noted that Parliament had a dress code for journalists and MPs and senators.

This includes a shirt with a collar, jacket and trousers for men and a “similar standard of dress” for women.

3. ‘Saudi prince culpable in Khashoggi death’.

Leading US senators say they are more certain than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was culpable in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter.

“The views that I had before have only solidified,” said Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, who has called for a strong US reaction to Khashoggi’s death and backs legislation to end all US support for the Saudi coalition waging war in Yemen.

Menendez spoke to reporters on Tuesday as he left a closed-door briefing for some Senate committee leaders and Senate leaders by CIA Director Gina Haspel.

Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shook his head no, when asked if he thought Haspel’s briefing had changed any minds.

“You have to be wilfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organised by people under the command of MbS,” Republican senator Lindsey Graham told reporters, also after the briefing, referring to the crown prince by his initials.

Khashoggi, a US resident who wrote for the Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.


4. Older Aussies feel younger than they are.

William Boag never thought he would be the kind of man with a penchant for writing poetry.

But in the past decade, the 71-year-old has been doing exactly that and his new love of writing is not the only one of his current habits that would’ve taken his younger self by surprise.

“I started to do a lot of gym work and walking, and a whole lot of things,” the Sydneysider told AAP.

“As I’m getting older, I’m doing things that I didn’t think I could.”

What prompted Mr Boag to broaden his horizons was developing Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder, eight years ago.

He wanted to give himself every chance to keep his neurons firing, including setting out on a long walk each year in Europe, including along stretches of the Camino de Santiago trail.

Having never imagined his 70s would involve such adventures, Mr Boag feels younger than his age.

According to new research, he is not alone in that sentiment.

An online survey of more than 2500 Australians, complemented by in-person sessions, has found 80 per cent of Australians aged 50 and older feel younger than their age.

In fact, about half of them feel more than 10 years younger than they are, according to The State of the (Older) Nation 2018 report commissioned by the Councils on the Ageing across Australia.


The vast majority (78 per cent) rate their quality life as good while 70 per cent feel positive about what the future holds for them.

But not all of the report’s findings are as optimistic, with more than almost half of older people (46 per cent) feeling less valued by society than they were when they were younger.

One in five also reported experiencing age discrimination at work.

COTA Australia chief executive Ian Yates said those worrying findings are connected to social attitudes that frame older people as being “over the hill” or having left their “best years behind them”.

“That continues to point to the fact that we don’t value older Australians,” he told AAP.

Promoting the value of older people in Australia will require a range of changes, including campaigns to shift attitudes and legislation to support older Australians in the workplace, Mr Yates said.

He likened the wide-ranging response needed to efforts that have been taken to grapple with sexism and racism.

“You can’t just do one single thing to fix it,” he said.

Though older Australians may feel less valued than they used to by others, the report has found that three in four believe they have much to offer society because of their life experiences.

When asked what they were most concerned or worried about at this point of their life, a third of the respondents said health issues.

5. UK man kills wife for life with Australian lover.


A British pharmacist who plotted for years to kill his wife so he could start a new life in Australia with his boyfriend and a STG2 million ($A3.5 million) life insurance payout has been convicted of her murder.

Mitesh Patel, 37, injected his wife Jessica with insulin and strangled her with a supermarket bag at their Middlesbrough home, then staged a break-in to make it look like an intruder had attacked her and bound her with tape.

The couple ran a successful pharmacy together but their marriage was unhappy, with the gay husband repeatedly seeking sex with men he met on the Grindr dating app.

And he was secretly in a relationship with his “soulmate” Dr Amit Patel, who had emigrated to Sydney and with whom he hoped to bring up his and Jessica’s IVF baby after her death.

The husband was convicted of her murder on Tuesday at Teesside Crown Court after the jury heard Patel had made internet searches dating back years, including “I need to kill my wife”, “insulin overdose”, “plot to kill my wife, do I need a co-conspirator?”, “hiring hitman UK” and “how much methadone will kill you?”

The jury unanimously found Patel guilty after deliberating for around three hours on the 12th day of the trial.

After the murder, police discovered syringes prepared with insulin in Patel’s laptop bag and one was empty.

Police suspected he injected his wife to subdue her when she came home from work on May 14, then strangled her with the bag.

As she fought for her life, she scratched his neck.

He tried to blame the injury on an accident when he was working out at the gym that day.

Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, said: “From various life insurance policies Mitesh Patel stood to profit from his wife’s death to the tune of STG2 million.

“He was planning to use that money to start a new life in Australia shared with the person he really loved … another man named Dr Amit Patel.”

Despite his repeated infidelity with men he met on Grindr and also being in love with Dr Patel, the killer desperately tried to persuade his wife to have a baby using IVF.

When she voiced her doubts about going through with the process amid concerns about his infidelity, the husband texted her: “Ok then I’m telling you this then we are parting ways.”

But she did eventually go through three cycles of the fertility treatment and the last was successful, resulting in three embryos which now lie frozen in a Darlington clinic.