1. Marcus Stanford will walk free this morning.
The twin brother of the man who killed NSW school teacher Stephanie Scott will walk free this morning.
Despite a petition signed by more than 50,000 the DPP decided not to appeal Stanford’s sentence.
Marcus Stanford, 25, was last month jailed for 15 months for disposing evidence linking his brother to Scott’s murder.
With time already served since his arrest in June last year, Stanford is due to be released today.
After Vincent Stanford raped and fatally stabbed Stephanie Scott, Marcus Scott disposed of her jewellery and driver’s license, which Vincent mailed to his South Australian home.
Marcus told police he opened envelope about a week after Vincent was arrested and ended up selling the 26-year-old’s diamond engagement ring and graduation ring to an Adelaide pawn shop for $705.
2. Three-year-old girl saw father murder her mother then kill himself.
Yasmin Bahar with her husband Dave Pillay and daughter Tiana. Via Facebook.
The three-year-old daughter of Sydney woman Tasmin Bahar, who was killed by her husband on Father’s Day while visiting her estranged husband is traumatized after seeing the murder suicide.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Tiana is receiving counselling by child psychologists after she saw her father Dave Pillay, 47, strangle her mother.
The little girl had been asleep but was woken by her mother’s screams.
“She saw it all — when we found her she was screaming and hysterical” a family friend told News Limited.
“She is deeply disturbed by the ordeal. She’s just a baby.”
Tiana is currently being cared for by Dave Pillays’s brother Ash Teddy, 25.
Tasmin’s sister Sharagin, who is flying out from Bangladesh is hoping to take custody of her.
She told The Daily Telegraph: “What on earth is my baby sister’s daughter doing with that murderer’s family?
“She belongs with us. I will do everything in my power to fight to adopt Tiana.
“She is all we have left of Tasmin — that little angel is now my sister.”
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3. Salim Mehajer called former wife up to 70 times a day and put a tracking device on her car.
A court has heard that former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer obsessively called his wife up to 70 times day and put a tracking device on her car before police took out an apprehended violence order against him.
Details of Mehajer’s behaviour towards former wife Aysha Learmonth were revealed at Wollongong Local Court yesterday as terms of the interim AVO were finalised.
News Limited reports that an AVO taken out on Mehajer to protect Ms Learmonth’s brother-in-law Ben Miller were also finalised by consent.
After Ms Learmonth she moved out of their Auburn home in April Mehajer “bombarded” her with phone calls and emails. The court heard that in July Mehajer tried to report Ms Learmonth as a missing person, telling police she was five hours late for an engagement, and he revealed he had installed a tracking device on her car and showed them maps of her trips.