1. Father who gave newborn OxyContin to stop her crying released from prison after just 17 days.
A 22-year-old Queensland man who almost killed his newborn daughter by feeding her OxyContin to stop her from crying has been released from prison after just 17 days.
The man gave his newborn daughter the “hillbilly heroin” to make her sleep by crushing up the drugs and mixing them with water.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that the man then googled: “Is OxyContin dangerous to babies?”
He later called an ambulance after the baby girl became sick.
Judge David Kent described the incident as a “nutty experiment.”
“What else could you expect? It’s pretty basic,” he said. “He (later) did a Google search ‘is OxyContin dangerous to babies? It revealed to him, yes it is’,” he said.
“He doesn’t have to be smart — Google is smart for him.”
Judge Kent said he considered the 17 days spent in custody immediately after his admission of guilt as time served.
The man was sentenced to three years in prison but walked free from court on probation yesterday.
2. Dreamworld to reopen tomorrow, three days after the death of four people.
Dreamworld will open its doors tomorrow just three days after four adults were killed, and two children miraculously survived a malfunctioning ride.
In a statement the company said only smaller rides will operate and the proceeds will go towards charity.
“Park safety is our priority. Dreamworld would like to assure the public and our guests that at the time of the incident the park was fully compliant with all required safety certifications,” the company said.
Lawyers have said the park owners could face substantial negligence claims and employees who may have been responsible could be sentenced to up to five years behind bars. It has been revealed that the employee operating the ride’s emergency stop switch was an 18-year-old woman on her first day on the job.
Two women – 42-year-old Cindy Low and 32-year-old Kate Goodchild – died in Tuesday’s accident along with Ms Goodchild’s brother Luke Dorsett, 35, and his partner Roozbeh Araghi, 38, when a raft they were in on the Thunder River Rapids ride flipped backwards.
A private ceremony will also be held on Friday for staff, friends and emergency services involved in the accident.
“In support of the guests and staff present at the time, we have established a program of grief counselling with Queensland Health and the Australian Red Cross,” Ardent Leisure said.
Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph reports that ten people have filed Supreme and District court personal injury and damages claims against the owner of Dreamworld and White Water World since 2010.
3. Man who choked and bashed his partner so savagely she suffered 46 injuries avoids jail time.
The Canberra Times reports the former public servant inflicted multiple bruises, abrasions and lacerations to the woman's face, head, back, chest and arms in the domestic violence attack. The court heard that photographs of her injured body "painted an horrific picture".