1. Woman reports parents to police after discovering they are brother and sister.
Three years on from learning of her parent’s incestuous relationship via Facebook, 32-year-old Donna Price says if forced to go back in time, she would still make the same difficult decision and report her mother and father to police again.
“I feel my childhood was all based on a lie. I hate them,” Price said when speaking to The Sun.
She continued, “There’s not enough words to describe how much I hate them.”
Having grown up in what she believed to be a normal family in the UK, it wasn’t until December 2014 – when Price was already a parent herself – that she learned her parents were actually brother and sister and the life that she had previously known came crashing down.
Receiving a Facebook message from an estranged relative about their relationship, Price says she initially believed the story was just a cruel joke, with “somebody just trying to stir up stuff.”
But after reaching out to another relative, she received the news that changed her life forever. Price says, “her [Facebook] reply was yes, they are brother and sister.”
“I felt sick and my stomach just dropped.”
It was then that Price made the difficult decision to report her parents to police, a move that kick-started a two-year-long investigation and saw both her mother and father plead guilty to charges of incest in court last month.
As part of the case, Price and her siblings were forced to undergo DNA tests, and it was at this time that Pirce learned she had a different, still unknown, father than her siblings.
Both parents received suspended sentences and narrowly avoided jail time.
No longer in contact with her parents and refusing to call them mum and dad, Price described the experience as “horrendous” and said it was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.”
“But I still would have done the same thing again.”
2. Brisbane boxer Jeff Horn celebrates while US fans vent their fury.
A ticker-tape parade in Brisbane beckons for Jeff Horn after he etched his name into Australian sporting folklore.
But the former schoolteacher will have to confront a hysterical overseas reaction to his win over Manny Pacquiao as he adjusts to life as a world champion.
Horn is the new owner of the WBO welterweight belt after a controversial points victory against Pacquiao on Sunday in a brutal slugfest at Suncorp Stadium, AAP reports.
The unanimous decision in favour of the 29-year-old has prompted a storm of debate over the scorecards, with a host of prominent US celebrities, broadcasters and sports stars weighing in, and some even suggesting the outcome was rigged.
Judges Waleksa Roldan (117-111), Chris Flores (115-113) and Ramon Cerdan (115-113) adjudicated the fight. Roldan and Flores are from the United States and Cerdan is from Argentina, yet there have been accusations it was a hometown decision.
According to CompuBox statistics, Horn landed just 92 punches to Pacquaio’s 182, but some rounds were tight and difficult to score.
The controversy will not bother a beat-up looking Horn, whose right eye was completely closed over as he toasted his victory with family, friends and supporters at Brisbane’s Treasury Hotel on Sunday night.