UPDATE: Arrest over disappearance of Siriyakorn ‘Bung’ Siriboon.
Authorities have reportedly arrested and questioned a man who is believed to be responsible for the disappearance of Siriyakorn ‘Bung’ Siriboon, a Melbourne school girl, over 2 years ago.
The ABC have reported that the 24-year-old man has said he hit Siriboon with his car while driving one morning, killing her. He then panicked, and buried her body at a nature reserve.
Our thoughts are with Siriyakorn Siriboon’s family at this time.
1. Nelson Mandela funeral
In South Africa the nation prepares to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela in what will be the funeral of the century.
Nelson Mandela’s body will not be at the memorial service to be held in Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium today, in an apparent attempt to cool emotions from spilling over.
Among the dignitaries attending are Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, British PM David Cameron, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, and all living former presidents – except George H.W. Bush.
Celebrity guests will include U2 singer Bono, chat show queen Oprah Winfrey and billionaire Richard Branson.
2. Newspoll survey
The honeymoon period is officially over as the coalition slumped to its lowest rating in three years.
Labor now leads on preferences for the first time since Julia Gillard was elected prime minister, according to a Newspoll survey taken last weekend.
After three months of an Abbott-led government, more voters are dissatisfied with the prime minister than satisfied, shows the Newspoll, which is published in The Australian today.
Labor’s two-party-preferred support has jumped five percentage points to put the ALP in front 52 per cent to 48 per cent.
3. Catholic Church abuse inquiry
The Catholic Church has admitted paying at least $43 million in hush money to victims of its pedophile priests. In some cases, victims were not even allowed to tell their husbands, wives or children about the secret settlements negotiated through the church’s controversial Towards Healing process.
4. Father accused of setting fire to sons
A Tasmanian court has heard that a father deliberately set fire to his two sons in the family car to stop their mother gaining custody of them after a separation. In an emotionally charged Supreme Court in Burnie Paul Brian Edward Connelly is facing an attempted murder charge. He has pleaded not guilty. For more on this read this post here. “Father accused of setting fire to his two young sons.”
5. Melbourne murders
A man murdered a Melbourne couple by repeatedly stabbing them after an argument over a debt for plaster work he had done at their home, a court has heard.
Police found a 54-year-old man and 35-year-old woman dead in their Moonee Ponds home on Sunday evening.
Their three children, aged between two and five years old, were found in another room uninjured. Mustafa Kunduraci, 44, of Meadow Heights has been charged with the couple’s murder and will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning.