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1. Body of toddler dragged into water by an alligator at a Disney resort found.

Police have recovered the body of a two-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort. The horrific incident took place in Orlando Florida where the family, from Nebraska were holidaying.

“There is no question we will lose the 2-year-old child,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said earlier. “It’s now been 15 hours since the child has been taken into the water. We are working on recovering the body of the child at this point.”

“Our ultimate goal is to try and bring some closure to this family by bringing home their loved one.”

The toddler’s parents were on the sand when the alligator grabbed their son and dragged him deeper into the water.


The father rushed in and grabbed desperately for his son; he cut his hand but was unable to save the boy. The boy’s mother jumped in as well.

But it was too late.

The little boy was dragged underwater. The lagoon is connected to a series of canals that feed into large bodies of water, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


The search continues for a 2-year-old boy grabbed by an alligator at A Disney resort hotel. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times Via Getty Images.

The little boy was playing on a white sandy beach that stretches along Disney’s luxe Grand Floridian Resort and Spa while the family watched a movie that was being screened outdoors. He had waded ankle-deep into the man-made lake known as Seven Seas Lagoon. A second sibling was with him and his parents were right by his side.

Trappers have caught and euthanized four alligators from the lagoon in the search for the boy’s body.

Signs posted near the lake warn against swimming in it, but there were no signs warning of alligators.

Declan Salcido, who was at the resort with relatives from San Jose, California, said the "No Swimming" signs are visible "from any vantage point."
"This is Florida, and it's not uncommon for alligators to be in bodies of water," Demings told CNN.

2. Former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara found guilty of student’s murder.

Former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara have been convicted of murdering and dumping at sea 20-year-old Jamie Gao.

The student with Triad connections  had become mixed up with the two men over a drug deal.

The four-month NSW Supreme Court trial saw the men try to pin the fatal shooting on each other.

During the trial the jury saw CCTV footage from a Padstow Rent-A-Space shed in Sydney's southwest on May 20, 2014 showing Mr Gao walking into the shed, but only Rogerson, McNamara and a silver surfboard bag emerging.

Wrapped in the board cover was the body of Mr Gao.

The former detectives had lured him to the darkened unit, where he was shot and had 2.78kg of methamphetamine taken from him.

Six days later, a fisherman spotted the body, wrapped in a blue tarpaulin and chains, floating off Cronulla Beach.

Rogerson, 75, and McNamara, 57 turned on each other after being arrested.

Both spent several days in the witness box telling the jury the other had shot and killed Mr Gao.

After almost a week of deliberations the jury found both men guilty of murder and commercial drug supply charges.

Mr Gao's family says the legal system has worked and found two dangerous criminals guilty.

“While this is the verdict our family were hoping would be delivered, true justice can never really be served,” they said in a statement.

The men will be sentenced at a later date.

3. Mother of two fighting for her life after roadside attack.

A QLD mother of two, a victim of a road rage attack, is fighting for her life after she went into cardiac arrest.

Kaylah Bennett-Martincevic, 21, was on her way home from a morning at Rainbow Beach with her partner and two young boys when police allege Graham Michael Hughes, 22, started to tailgate her on Clarkson Drive reports The Courier Mail.

The young family pulled over and it is alleged that Hughes started to stab holes in the rear driver’s side door with a knife — where the couple’s two sons.

The boys are aged only aged four-months and 14-months.

The attack sent Kaylah Bennett-Martincevic into cardiac arrest.

She suffered another heart attack prior to being flown to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where she remains in a coma.

Ms Bennett-Martincevic’s brother Dylan Bennett told The Courier-Mail he was staying by her side.

“Her kids were her world. She loved them and did everything for them — I couldn’t think of anyone who didn’t love her and her kids,” he said. “I’m upset that someone could do that to a girl with kids in the car.”

While police believe Hughes and the father of the two boys are known to each other.

Hughes will front Gympie Magistrates Court again today.

He has been charged with threatening violence and wilful damage.

4. Two dead in Bali after tidal waves.

Two tourists are dead after tidal waves flooded Bali, crashing over resort pools.

The tourists, from Hong Kong and Singapore, died after they were dragged out to sea at Padang Galak Beach in Sanur.

WA Today reported that popular coastal restaurant The Rock Bar at Ayana Resort was damaged and deserted, while Ku De Ta in Seminyak, was repeatedly pounded with water.

Tidal waves are forecast for the next few days in waters off the western coast of Sumatra island and southern coast of Bali and Sumbawa reports News Limited.

5. Perth psychiatrist who was arrested in Canada after filming boy in toilet faces court in Australia.

A court has heard that a Perth psychiatrist had videos of boys using public toilets on his computer.

Aaron Voon was released on bail by Perth magistrates after appearing on a charge of possessing child exploitation material reports WA Today. 

The police prosecutor told the court the charge was laid against Voon last week when he arrived back in Perth from Canada. There he is facing a charge of making and possessing child pornography after he was arrested outside a movie theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, on May 22 over allegations he had tried to record a young boy in a pubic toilet.

Voon was granted bail in Canada and returned to Perth.

Police who searched his Perth home found 409 child exploitation images and 12 recordings of young boys urinating taken in public toilets.

The prosecutor said one of the videos showed Voon following a child from a movie theatre lobby into a toilet.

Voon was released on $50,000 bail with a similar surety and had to surrender his passport.

For help: Lifeline 13 11 14. Kid's Helpline: 1800 55 1800. DV and Sexual Abuse hotline 27/4: 1800 737 732

6. Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced July 6.

The date for Oscar Pistorius' sentencing for the murder of former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been set for July 6.

Earlier, his defence barrister asked the Paralympian to remove his prosthetic legs in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in Pretoria.

Barry Roux told the court the man they were looking at, standing on his stumps, was the man who was scared for his life at 3am, and thought an intruder was in his home.

Meanwhile photos of the bloodied head and torso of Reeva Steenkamp have been released in a ruling by trial judge Thokozile Masipa after requests by prosecutor Gerrie Nel and Reeva’s father Barry Steenkamp.

In the graphic images the extent of Reeva’s injuries can be seen after she was shot four times.

After consulting Reeva’s parents, Mr Nel said: “Isn't it time for the world to see what Oscar Pistorius did with Black Talon rounds to Reeva Steenkamp's head?”

7. 10-year divorce with over one million in legal fees.

One million divorce. Via IStock.

A couple have spent more than $1 million on legal costs and have taken more than 10 years to get their divorce through.

The Herald Sun reports that the 53-year-old wife borrowed $700,000 on an interest-only loan against their former matrimonial home to fund her legal crusade.

The divorce created debts that exceed their remaining assets by a “significant margin” reports The Herald Sun. The wife now is facing bankruptcy and the husband is “fatigued by litigation” and living in rented accommodation.

The couple separated in July 2006 and divorced in September 2007 but the settlement hearing only took place in the Family Court in March. They had only been married 12 years.

Justice Michael Kent said the main cause of this “remarkable delay” and “extraordinary amount of costs” was the wife. He said she had pursued “baseless claims” against her former husband and three other business partners in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

8. Prince William makes history as cover star of gay magazine Attitude.

Prince William has "made history" by appearing as a cover star on leading gay magazine Attitude.

The Duke of Cambridge said, "no one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason" in an interview with the publication.

And the royal called on anyone who was being bullied not to put up with it.

"Speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award or some other service and get the help you need.

"You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of."

The editor of Attitude, Matthew Todd said: "During my time as editor of Attitude I have met parents whose child has taken or lost their life after being bullied for being LGBT”

"I am very happy that the future King of the United Kingdom agrees this must stop and I would urge parents in particular to raise their voices in their communities to ensure that every school protects – really protects – all children."

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