1. The NSW policeman who was accused of secretly filming women while they were having sex with him was yesterday convicted of the crime. According to reports, some of 42-year-old Marc Osborn’s victims applauded in court after the verdict was handed down. Osborn reportedly filmed the women (who he met online) using a hidden camera and shared the footage with his colleagues.
Osborn will be sentenced next month and faces immediate dismissal from the force.
2. The AFL has reportedly charged Essendon Football Club, its coach James Hird and numerous other club employees with bringing the game into disrepute after their involvement in a banned substance program. The group will face a commission hearing on August 26.
Essendon Football Club released a statement in the wake of the charges yesterday, saying: “Throughout this process, our prime consideration has been the welfare of our players. We have maintained that no player has taken a performance enhancing substance and that there was no breach of the AFL’s anti-doping code. We stand by this and thank our players and their families for the way they have conducted themselves during what have been emotionally taxing times.”
3. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is expected to announce today that the Coalition will preference the Labor Party over the Greens in every lower house seat. According to the ABC, this move will make it more difficult for the minority to pick up new seats.