Monday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Woman confesses to murdering her mum in a series of shocking YouTube videos.

Heather Mack, from Chicago, has admitted that she murdered her mother before stuffing her body in a suitcase in 2014, reports the New York Daily News.

In a series of YouTube videos, 21-year-old Mack – who is currently serving a 10-year sentence for the murder in a Bali prison – admitted she planned the murder on her own before forcing her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer to help her dispose of her mother’s body.

Schaefer is currently serving an 18-year sentence for the murder.

“I killed her myself and then I told Tommy that if he did not help me clean the room and get rid of the body, that I would tell the police that he did it, that I would pay money to get him arrested,” she confessed.

Mack began the three-part video series, which she filmed on February 2, by declaring she wanted “to be set free”.

“I don’t want to live in a lie anymore,” she told the camera.

Mack claimed she decided she wanted to kill her mother after learning she was responsible for her father’s death when she was 10.

“When I was 10 my mother killed my father in a hotel in Athens, Greece… Two weeks before I came to Bali, I found out that she killed my father and I made it up in my heart…that I wanted to kill my mother,” she said.

Mack said she doesn’t regret killing her mother, but regrets “trapping” her former partner – and the father of her two-year-old child.

“It was my battle — it was my mother, it was my father. I’m sorry to Tommy Schaefer for trapping him,” she said.


2. Victorian woman killed in jet ski accident off Phuket beach.

A Victorian woman has died after her jet ski collided with her partner’s off a Phuket beach in Thailand.

20-year-old Emily Jayne Collie suffered severe neck and should injuries in the crash on late Sunday afternoon, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Her partner, identified as Tommy, told Thai officials the reflection of the sun on the water made it impossible for him to see his wife before they crashed.

Ms Collie was pulled from the water by lifeguards, who attempted to revive her on the beach. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Her partner suffered minor injuries.

3. Nurse deregistered after he sent sexually explicit texts to a mental health patient.


A male nurse from Wollongong has had his registration cancelled after a court found he had sent sexually explicit text messages to a woman being treated for severe mental health issues.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Anthony Elliott sent nearly 500 texts to the patient, including one that read, “Slept in your bed yesterday. Still had ur scent in the room.”

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal noted the woman – who can only be identified as Patient A – was hospitalised several times after suffering a mental breakdown. The woman also had suicidal thoughts, mania and major depression.

After the patient made a complaint to the hospital based on Elliot’s behaviour, his messages became more aggressive.

“I don’t know what you wanted in all this but I gave you honesty and my heart and you destroyed everything. You obviously don’t care about me or my life,” he wrote.

The male nurse cannot reapply for a review of the cancellation for three years.

4. South Australian police reveal new information about the 1998 murder of Heather Turner.

Nineteen years after 16-year-old Heather Turner was murdered, South Australian police have reopened the case.

9 News revealed that police have been able to piece together information about her movements in the days leading up to her death.


The 16-year-old left a house on Ashton Rd in Davoren Park in Adelaide’s north in the early house of Monday, January 19 in 1998. Police believe she was murdered at an unknown location before her body was moved to a creek at Port Gawler.

“We’re confident she left Ashton Rd willingly and alive and we believe several people know what happened to her from there,” police said in a statement.

Her body was found two weeks after she disappeared.

Turner was found fully dressed, wearing the clothes she was last spotted in. A shoulder bag – with an image of Tweety Bird on it – has never been recovered.

Police are also offering a reward of up to $1 million for information that leads to the apprehension or conviction of the person or people responsible for Heather’s murder.

5. Malcolm Turnbull denies Australia would be “indebted” to the US over the refugee deal.

Prime Minister Turnbull is making attempts to set things straight over his ‘controversial’ phone call with President Donald Trump last week.

Speaking to the Nine Network’s political editor Laurie Oakes on 60 Minutes, Turnbull insisted that his discussion with Trump over a proposed deal for the US to take refugees from Australia was “frank” and that the US President had agreed to honour the deal.

He also stated that reports Trump had hung up on their conversation were untrue.

The Prime Minister also said that Australia would not be “indebted” to the Trump administration for accepting the deal, saying, “We assess all requests for military assistance on their merits”.

“There is no linkage, no linkage at all between an arrangement relating to a refugee resettlement and any other matters,” he said.


Turnbull’s comments come as a US appeals court has rejected Trump’s request to reinstate the travel ban that bars citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the United States.

The controversial ban was temporarily invalidated on Friday night, with the US Justice Department filing a formal appeal against the decision, ABC News reports.

The court’s denial of the Trump administration’s request means legal battles over the immigration ban may continue for days.

6. Man arrested six months after the shocking murder of NYC jogger Karina Vetrano.

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man who is accused of murdering Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, the New York Daily News reports.

Chanel Lewis is expected to be arraigned on murder and sexual assault charges after DNA recovered from Karina’s body and phone linked him to the crime.

Vetrano, 30 vanished on August 2 after she went for a jog. Her body was found by her father about 4.5m off the track. She had been raped and strangled.

Lewis was arrested after a 911 call was made by someone in the neighbourhood who said he was acting suspiciously.

He voluntarily submitted a DNA sample in police custody which matched DNA found under Vetrano’s fingernails, as well as on her back and cell phone.

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