UPDATE: Thomas Kelly’s killer sentenced.
The man responsible for the manslaughter of Sydney teenager Thomas Kelly has been sentenced to just four years in jail.
Eighteen-year-old Kelly died in 2012 when he was king hit by Kieran Loveridge on the streets of Kings Cross.
Speaking to media outside the court, Kelly’s mother Kathy said: “[The sentence is] a joke, an absolute joke. And we’re horrified.”
“How many of our children have to die before somebody does something to change these laws, to make people accountable for what they do?”
More to come.
1. Mystery Aussie
Mystery Australian woman Samantha Azzopardi is free to leave the Irish hospital where she has been detained for three weeks and is returning to Australia with Ireland’s High Court last night ruling she is mentally fit. It was revealed yesterday that Ms Azzopardi had eaten so little during her three weeks in the care of Irish health workers they had started legal proceedings to attempt to force-feed her, but she has since started eating.
2. Climate report
A major report has shown that atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gases hit a new record in 2012. “For all these major greenhouse gases the concentrations are reaching once again record levels.
Meanwhile, in a move branded “highly unusual” it has been announced that Australia will not be represented by a senior elected member of the Abbott government at next week’s major round of international climate change negotiations starting Monday in Warsaw. It is understood the Australian climate change ambassador Dr Justin Lee will lead the delegation.
Still on climate change, National Geographic have released maps showing catastrophic damage the Earth’s ice could cause if it melted and flowed into the oceans and seas. Five major cities would be wiped out and Australia will be inundated by an inland sea.
3. Balcony Death trial
Accused murderer Simon Gittany asked his brother to remove a hard drive from his ceiling so he could make sure there were no “damaging” or “incriminating” contents, it was alleged in court yesterday.
Gittany is accused of murdering his fiancé Lisa Harnum by pushing her off a balcony. His current girlfriend, actress Rachelle Louise, is due to give evidence today
4. Navy hazing scandal
The ADF is being engulfed by another scandal with a former navy member who alleges younger male sailors were set upon and sexually assaulted by their crewmates.
“People were set upon by other members, stripped off and had things essentially put in their bums.”
5. Man kills one child, spares another
A UK member of the far-right British National Party, slaughtered his partner and their eight-year-old daughter to death but spared his four-year-old daughter because she was a “true Aryan with blonde hair and blue eyes.”