1. Father caught intruder holding his two-year-old daughter inside their home.
A father experienced the horror of finding a stranger holding his two-year-old daughter inside his living room in Arizona, US.
The man awoke to the sound of his daughter crying and went to investigate, seeing the girl sitting on a disheveled man’s lap, The Washington Post reports.
“I’m your friend,” the man, later identified as 34-year-old Oren Aharon Cohen, told the father.
The father attempted to stop Cohen from fleeing and he was arrested at the apartment complex.
He was charged with second-degree burglary, aggravated assault and kidnapping.
Cohen told police he had been drinking with a friend who lived in the same block of flats prior to the incident, and remembered little of the evening.
A police report of the incident stated: “Oren advised with 100 per cent certainty that he did not perform or engage in any sexual acts with the victim of this incident.
“Once it was relayed to Oren that the victim in his incident was a two-year-old female, he became very upset and broke down crying.”
“Oren said he would never hurt a child and does not remember the details of this incident because he was ‘black out drunk.'”
2. Son of killed Adelaide Crows coach set to appear in court today.
The son of killed Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh will face court for the first time since being found not guilty of his father’s murder.
Cy Walsh is due to appear at the Supreme Court today for submissions, Australian Associated Press reports.
His ongoing treatment and the amount of time he will be detained in a psychiatric facility is likely to be discussed.
The 27-year-old was deemed to be mentally incompetent when he fatally stabbed his father 20 times at the family home in Adelaide in July 2015.
At the time, Walsh was suffering a psychotic episode as a result of undiagnosed schizophrenia, the Supreme Court ruled in September.
3. Disgraced NRL player avoids US jail time, despite victim’s pleas.
Former Wests Tigers’ NRL player Matthew Lodge will avoid a US jail sentence for assaults and threats made on a night in New York last year.
The 21-year-old, who remained in Australia for sentencing, had fulfilled the requirements of a plea deal struck a year ago that involved community service in Australia and in-patient treatment for alcohol and anger management, News.com.au reports.
The plea was struck so the fromer NRL player could avoid up to 25 years jail-time in the US, which he faced at the time.
In the early hours of October 16, 2015, Lodge harassed and threatened two women on an Upper West Side street.
He then assaulted a local man, Joseph Cartright, who came to help the women.