1. Father who was on ride that killed four at Dreamworld says he was terrified when his seatbelt would not hold in his 2-year-old daughter yesterday.
A man who was on the Thunder River Rapids ride yesterday an hour before four people were killed has expressed concerns that the ride was malfunctioning before the horror incident.
Jesse Lovett, from Victoria told The Gold Coast Bulletin he rode the Thunder Rapids ride earlier that day at Dreamworld with his two-year-old sitting on his lap and said the velcro strap was ineffective.
“I was on the rapid river ride with my two-year-old an hour before those poor people passed away and was concerned a velcro strap was holding my daughter on my lap and I thought she was going to fall out,” he said. “It’s so rough and you had to hold it really tight.”
“It was my favourite ride and now with my daughter I was pretty scared to go on it.
“All that was holding her in securely was me. The strap did nothing and easily came undone because it was wet.”
Kate Goodchild, 32, her brother Luke Dorsett, 35, his partner Roozi Araghi, 38, and an unnamed 42-year-old woman were on the ride when they were killed approximately 2.20pm yesterday.
Queensland Ambulance Service acting senior operations supervisor Gavin Fuller said two people were ejected from the ride and the other two were caught in the ride.
“They were assessed by Queensland Ambulance personnel and had all sustained injuries that were incompatible with living,” he said.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was in Brisbane when the tragedy occurred, said last night his “thoughts and prayers” were with the family.
“Theme parks are a place for family fun and happiness, not tragedy,” the PM said.
“This is a very, very, sad, tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives.
“This is a very sad day, and we trust there will be a thorough investigation into the causes of this accident over the days to follow.”
2. Mother of Nikki Coslovich denies point blank she killed her daughter.
Peta-Ann Francis, the mother of murdered toddler Nikki Coslovich, yesterday told a court room she did not murder her daughter.
Ms Francis was on the stand at the trial of her former partner John Torney.
Torney confessed to hiding Nikki’s body in the ceiling of her Oram Court home last year but claims the toddler was killed by Ms Francis.
Ms Francis admitted lying at least four times during her 000 call about when she last saw Nikki and who had put her to bed.