Your speedy update on all the day’s big stories: Friday, March 14, 2014
Brett Peter Cowan sentenced to life behind bars
Daniel Morcombe’s killer, Brett Peter Cowan, has been sentenced to life in prison. Cowan, 44, will spend at least 20 years behind bars after he was found guilty of murdering Queensland schoolboy, Daniel Morcombe. The serial paedophile has been sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 20 years because of the ‘enormity’ of his offences.
In her comments, Justice Roslyn Atkinson said Cowan showed ‘no sign of remorse’ and had no ‘chance of rehabilitation.’ She added, “For the offence of murder the only sentence available is life imprisonment and yours is a case where that sentence is certainly appropriate.’’
Bruce and Denise Morcombe, Daniel’s parents, have called on the public to honour their son by keeping their children safe.
Did flight MH370 fly for hours after it vanished from radar?
American investigators are convinced that someone on board Flight MH370 shut down the plane's communication systems and have satellite data that shows the missing plane flying off course for around five hours after Malaysia Airlines lost contact with it. Data 'pings' from the flight apparently provided its location, altitude and speed, even after it disappeared from radar screens. The most recent transmission placed the plane over the ocean at what has been deemed a 'normal' cruising altitude. This latest theory has added to fears of a hijacking attack or terror action by pilots with ulterior motives for the plane.