1. Twin brother of Stephanie Scott’s accused killer in court.
The identical twin brother of the man accused of murdering Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott will appear in court this morning.
Marcus Stanford is accused of being an accessory after the fact to 26-year-old Ms Scott’s alleged murder by Stanford’s brother, Vincent, on April 5, six days before she was to marry.
2. Caravan explosion being investigated as a murder suicide.
A caravan explosion in Mt Isa which killed a father and his two young children is being investigation by police as a possible murder-suicide reports The Courier Mail.
39-year old Charlie Hinder was inside the caravan with his two children, seven-year old Nyobu four-year-old son River.
Police were called to the address just after 7am yesterday following reports of a possible gas explosion in a caravan, with a fire spreading to an adjoining house.
It is believed that the children’s mother was inside a house near the caravan at the time.
A crime scene has been set up and homicide investigators will arrive from Brisbane today.
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3. Royal Commission hears Jehovah’s Witness father abused all four daughters.
The Royal Commission hearing into the handling of child sexual abuse allegations by the Jehovah’s Witness church has heard that one woman who tried to commit suicide after years of abuse by her father was told by the church she had done wrong as it was a sin against Jehovah.
Warning this item deals with child sexual abuse and may be distressing for some readers.
The Royal Commission heard that the Jehovah’s Witness church did not report any complaints to police involving the assault of children.
A woman who testified yesterday said that one of the elders of her church branch told her she could not report her father to the police because “you will bring reproach upon Jehovah’s name and you will be disfellowshipped”.
The 43-year-old woman testified that her father abused her and her three sisters and when she finally reported the abuse she was interviewed by church elders with her father in the room.
“Because the elders were all male and all were friends of my father’s, I was reluctant to speak to them about what had happened,” she said.