1. Man found guilty of manslaughter after “stomping” on 2-year-old girl.
The man who stomped on and killed a two-year-old girl – 11 years ago – after she wet herself on his couch has been cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter in a Victorian court.
The man, Mussie Debrasay, 37, was in a relationship with the girl’s mother.
The family had been staying with Debresay on May 13, 2005, when the toddler’s abdomen was deliberately squeezed or compressed by an extreme, severe force, and she was dead within hours.
Her older brother, who was four at the time told police the girl did a “wee wee” on the couch and “MJ”, as he called the man, hit her because she was naughty.
The court heard that the little girl could not have sustained her catastrophic internal injuries from just falling off a couch like Debrasay claimed.
The ABC reports the boy consistently told police and family members Debresay was responsible, despite the man denying ever having abused the child.
Debresay pleaded not guilty to murdering the toddler but was found responsible for her death in court on Monday.
2. “Call an ambulance … but don’t tell my mum.”
A teenager surfer has survived a shark attack by a great white off Ballina on the NSW north coast.
Cooper Allen, 17, was mauled by what was suspected to be a 3.5m great white at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach.
The teenager was surfing with friends about 9am yesterday on the first day of his school holidays when the attack took place.
As he swam to safety he turned to his rescuers and said: “Call an ambulance … but don’t tell my mum.”
His friends Jae who was surfing with him told News Limited, “It came up and knocked him off his board and started thrashing around,’’ “He was yelling and we called ‘shark’ and tried to get him out of there.’’
Cooper is recovering in hospital.
3. Trent Thorburn beaten in prison.
News Limited reports that the 19-year-old accused of incest with Tiahleigh Palmer before she was murdered has been beaten by fellow inmates twice in prison.
According to The Courier Mail inmates shouted “pretty boy” and “kill him” as they cheered his attackers on.
The 19-year-old was arrested, along with his father, mother and brother, over the death of Tiahleigh Palmer, 12, last October.
His father Rick Thorburn, who was Tiahleigh’s foster father, is accused of murdering her after discovering his son had been sexually abusing Tiahleigh.
The Courier Mail reports that Thorburn was treated at the prison infirmary but his injuries are not serious.
4. Man accused of Salt Creek sex attack pleads not guilty.
A 60-year-old man accused of attacking two backpackers at a remote beach in South Australia’s Coorong National Park has pleaded not guilty.
In the South Australian Supreme Court the 60-year-old pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including attempted murder and indecent assault.