1. Sydney mobile phone shop fined after faulty USB charger killed woman by electrocuting her through her headphones.
A Sydney mobile phone store has been fined by NSW Fair Trading after it sold a faulty USB phone charger to a mother-of-two who was electrocuted and killed.
Sheryl Anne Aldeguer ,28, purchased a $5 phone charger that sent a high-voltage electrical pulse into her earphones from a store in Campsie.
The mother-of- two was found dead by friends in her North Gosford home in April 2014 wearing headphones and with burn marks on her ears and chest. A laptop was resting on the Sheryl Aldeguer’s chest when her body was discovered.
The shop owner, Huadi Bi, and her company, Hua Yang Australia, faced two charges for selling the allegedly faulty phone charger and adapter.
Yesterday the company was fined $6,000 after civil action brought by NSW Fair Trading, despite the maximum penalty being $550,000.
Ms Bi received $18,000 in fines from a maximum of $55,000.
“We’re a little bit disappointed with the financial penalty imposed, given what the maximum could have been,” Fair Trade Commissioner Rod Stowe told Nine News.
2. Kim Kardashian story only made one Paris newspaper.
Reality star Kim Kardashian’s robbery at The No Address Hotel in Paris where masked men dressed as police officers took two phones and approximately $10 million worth of jewellry, including a $4 million ring, failed to make news in France with only one newspaper reporting her ordeal.
Le Parisien was the only paper to feature the high profile robbery reports The Daily Mail.
It isn’t unusual for the French media to avoid reporting on celebrities due to France’s strict privacy laws.
The thieves stole Kardashian’s 20-carat emerald-cut Lorraine Schwartz ring worth a reported $4.5million (€4 million /£3.5 million) and a jewellry box worth $6.7 million (€6 million/ £5.24 million).
Police in Paris are hunting for five suspected assailants.