1. An Australian man has been accused of murdering his wife to ‘end marital strife’.
Australian and British dual national Lewis Bennett, 41, has been charged with his wife’s second degree murder during their Caribbean honeymoon.
Isabella Hellmann’s body has never been found, and prosecutors allege Bennett murdered his wife before sinking his 37ft catamaran off the coast of Cuba in May 2017.
The Independent reports court papers filed this week allege Bennett killed 41-year-old Hellmann to end “marital strife” between them.
The newlyweds were sailing towards their US home when Bennett made an SOS call to say his wife was missing and his boat was sinking.
Bennett was discovered to be smuggling stolen coins when he rescued of the coast of Cuba.
Prosecutor Benjamin Greenberg asked a US judge to admit into evidence conversations that Hellmann had with loved ones about the couple’s arguments over a move to Australia, money and raising their child.
Greenberg said these conversations show the pair were constantly arguing and by allegedly murdering his wife, Bennett would remove marital strife from his life and enable him to inherit her estate.
2. NSW Premier vows to shut down dance festival after two drug deaths.
The Premier is still resisting growing calls to introduce pill testing at music festivalshttps://t.co/VSTHLmcMui
— ten daily (@tendailyau) September 16, 2018
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is being asked to introduce pill testing at major events rather than follow through on her promise to shut down a dance festival after a spate of serious drug overdoses.
Two people died and three remain critical suspected drug overdoses at dance festival Defqon.1 in Sydney on Saturday.