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1. Man who raped pregnant woman and sexually assaulted toddler could be free in three years.

A man who raped a pregnant woman in her own bed then snatched a sleeping toddler and sexually assaulted him could serve as little as three years in prison.

The man entered the bedroom of a sleeping woman who was then 21, and woke her up by jumping on the bed, then hitting her in the face.

The court heard the woman pleaded with him not to rape her as she was pregnant.

“Chillingly, you said you knew,” Judge Sexton said.

He then raped her.

“She was consumed with fear and anxiety for the health of her unborn child,” Judge Sexton said. The victim said her marriage broke up and she abandoned plans for a large family.

“She deliberately made herself unattractive to ward off rapists because she did not know the identity of her attacker,” Judge Sexton said.

The man then broke into another home and took a two-year-old boy he sexually assaulted him then left him outside his home without his pants on.

The boy’s father found him outside his flat, crying on the ground reports Fairfax Media.

The crimes took place in 1987 and crucial evidence was taken by police in the late 1980s and frozen in the hope that technology would one day advance to the point where DNA could be tested.

Yesterday the man, Andrew James Schwab, 53, was jailed for six years with a minimum of three for the rape and aggravated indecent assault.

He pleaded guilty to both crimes after his DNA was matched to the historical samples.

The judge sentenced Schwab as a serious sexual offender, however, she took into account the delay, his guilty plea and the fact Schwab had expressed remorse.

Schwab has already served two separate prison terms for attacks on seven other victims in 1987 and 1988.

  For sexual assault support 24/7, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). 

2. Wreckage from missing EgyptAir flight found.

Wreckage from a missing EgyptAir plane travelling from Paris to Cairo has been found off the Greek island of Karpathos, the airline has said.

“The Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation has just received an official letter from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that confirms the finding of wreckage of the missing aircraft No. MS 801 near Karpathos Island,” the airline said in a statement.

It has been reported that the plane made sudden swerves before plunging into the Mediterranean Sea.

A child and two babies are among the 66 people on board the Airbus A320, which disappeared from radar early on Thursday morning local time.

Flight MS804 took off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 11.09pm on Wednesday (7.09am AEDT), and was scheduled to land in Cairo at 3.15am on Thursday.


Egypt’s aviation minister said the plane is “more likely” to have been brought down by a terror attack than a technical failure.

Sherif Fathi, told a news conference in Cairo he acknowledged that it might be terrorism.

“I don’t want to go to speculations and I don’t want to go to assumptions,” Fathi said. Still, he said, “If you analyze the situation properly,” the possibility of “having a terror attack is higher than the possibility” of technical failure.

Investigators are examining CCTV footage from the airport in an attempt to identify those who had access to the plane while it was on the ground.

3. Two bodies found in tent at campsite.

Two bodies – of a man and woman thought to be in their 40’s – have been discovered inside a tent at a Rolling Stone site campground near Townsville in far north Queensland.

Police say a passer-by went to check on the tent after spotting two pairs of legs poking out.

The pair were covered in flies and were unresponsive, police said.

Detectives and crime officers are investigating at the scene.

4. Chiropractors sneaking into maternity wards to treat newborns.

Just days after it was reported Melbourne chiropractor Ian Rossborough was suspended after dangerously manipulating a newborn baby’s spine in video that went viral – it is now come to light that chiropractors have been caught “sneaking” into maternity hospitals, posing as visitors to unethically treat newborns.

Fairfax Media reports that chiropractors are banned from treating patients inside a healthcare facility, without the institution’s permission.

The report show several chiropractors including NSW chiropractor Grant Bond who allegedly snuck into Wollongong Private Hospital to treat a three-day-old baby.

Bond claimed in a Facebook post his touch allowed the infant to have “his first poo!”.

“It was an awesome experience checking [the baby’s] spine for the first time,” Dr Bond wrote in the post. “As I gently laid my hands on his spine, without even waking, he did his first poo!”

The chief executive of Wollongong Private, David Crowe, told Fairfax Media Dr Bond had entered the ward without the permission of the hospital or the treating doctor.

Another chiropractor, Bianca Beaumont writes on her website:

“Our family wellness clients enjoy having our chiropractors visit them at home or in hospital to have the newest members of their family checked”.

The Chiropractic Board of Australia confirmed it was investigating recent complaints against several chiropractors.

5. AFP raid ALP offices in Melbourne.

The Australian Federal Police raided Labor Party offices in Melbourne last night – the raid is reported to be over the alleged leak of documents from the National Broadband Network.


Labor says the searches on Senator Conroy’s Melbourne office and the home of a Labor staffer in the suburb of Brunswick are connected to documents leaked from National Broadband Network (NBN).

“These are extraordinary and unprecedented events and the Government has a great deal of explaining to do,” the shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus told Lateline.

“All Australians are right to be concerned about the appearance of a raid being conducted on a Labor senator’s office and on the homes of Labor staffers in the second week of a campaign.”

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said last night he couldn’t comment on the raids.

“It’s entirely a matter for the AFP. As you know they operate entirely independently of the government so this is a matter for the AFP. The Labor Party know that as well as you and I do.’

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it was ‘an extraordinary development’ and related to Mr Turnbull’s embarrassment over NBN revelations.

6. Exclusive boy’s school investigated for horrific “sheep tackling” video.

The ABC reports that school boy rugby players at one of Sydney’s most prestigious schools, The King’s School,  have come under fire after  footage emerged of the boys “crash tackling” sheep at a training camp.

The students from King’s School in Parramatta were seen running in to a paddock to chase the animals in the footage before,catching them and flipping them on to their backs.

Some dragged sheep by their legs across the ground while others straddled the animals.

The exercise  took place at a sports camp in April.

The footage was posted on a private Facebook page by school teacher and coach James Hilgendorf and a fellow former professional rugby player, Hugh Perrett.

The exercise has been condemned by animal rights activists and farmers associations but the school headmaster, Dr Tim Hawkes defended it saying it was a rugby camp training exercise “not dissimilar to shearing.”

The RSPCA told the ABC the footage was horrific and disgraceful.

“Innocent animals are potentially being harmed, if not injured. You’ve got young impressionable teenage boys who seemingly are under the direction of an adult who saw fit to film it. It’s subsequently been posted,” RSPCA chief executive Steve Coleman said.

“To me that must smack of a level of acceptability about what was happening on that particular day, and from an RSPCA perspective, it’s completely, completely unnecessary, unreasonable and how anyone could justify that kind of behaviour is beyond me.”

7.  Court allows Amanda Knox to sue Italy for trial abuses.

The European Court of Human Rights has granted Amanda Knox the right to make a legal complaint against Italy for violating her rights after the 2007 murder of UK student Meredith Kirche.


Ms Knox was convicted, acquitted and retried on charges of the sexual assault and murder of her flatmate.

She and her former boyfriend were finally acquitted again in March 2015.

In September, Italy’s highest appeals court criticised “glaring errors” in the investigation.

Among the claims made by Ms Knox are that in the period preceding her first trial she was subjected to hours of questioning without access to a translator, despite her limited abilities in Italian, she was questioned without being granted a lawyer and she was subjected to inhumane treatment including “degrading slaps to the head”

“The court’s acceptance of the appeal is great news. It’s difficult to get cases accepted,” said Luciano Ghirga, one of Ms Knox’s lawyers.

“I can’t say it gives me any satisfaction, however, as so much suffering has already been caused.”

8. Study finds cereal eaters are actually slimmer.

Hmmmm time for breaky? Via IStock.

A study by the Dietitians Association of Australia and released at their national conference has found that breaky cereal isn’t as bad for you as many can sometimes think.

The new analysis of ABS data from the latest Australian Health Survey found that when compared to people who ate other breakfasts, Australians adults who ate breakfast cereals had the same daily energy intake (kilojoules), yet had a slimmer waistline and were more likely to be a healthy weight than people who ate other breakfasts.

Cereal eaters had significantly higher intakes of iron, calcium, fibre, folate and magnesium and lower intakes of sodium.

The study said that what was important was the to choose your cereal wisely.

The study found that the majority of sugars  Australians consume are coming from “extra” foods and drinks (fruit juice, soft drinks, confectionary, cakes, muffins), while ‘total’ sugars in breakfast cereals made up less than three per cent of total energy (kilojoules) in the diets of Australians.

“The nutrient contribution from breakfast cereals to the diet was consistent regardless of whether Australians ate ready-to-eat cereals, muesli or oats and whether the cereals were minimally pre-sweetened (less than 15g sugar/100g) or pre-sweetened breakfast cereal (15g sugar/100g or more),” said Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore, Director of Nutrition Research Australia.

“While more than 80% of breakfast cereal consumers had milk at breakfast, adding significantly to the nutritional quality of the meal, one of the most interesting findings in these data is that breakfast cereals were a large contributor of cereal fibre in the diet, which is particularly essential for gut health and preventing chronic diseases.”

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