1. Court told stepmother ordered father to abuse children whenever she got angry.
A father has been found guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault and cruelty to his young children.
The man, who can not be named, was found guilty of six counts of false imprisonment, four counts of aggravated assault causing harm, two counts of aggravated indecent assault and two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse against his daughter, now aged 9, and son, now 7.
The girl was forced to sleep in a birdcage. Image via IStock.
The children lived with their father and stepmother on a regional property in South Australia. The court heard the man tied the children to trees, locked them in cages, slammed their fingers in car doors and whipped them, reports The Advertiser.
During the trial the prosecutor claimed that when the children’s stepmother became angry she would tell the man to "do something" to the children saying that between 2011 and 2013 when the children were not on access visits with their biological mother, the children "suffered" due to the stepmother’s "bad influence" on their father.
The court heard an audio recording by the father, of him tormenting and physically assaulting the boy. A female voice in the background was said to be the stepmother.
The young girl gave evidence that she was locked in a birdcage on some nights and often in the garage, that she was tied up and gagged and that her father took photographs of her while she was imprisoned.
The children’s stepmother was found guilty of one count of false imprisonment and also two counts of aggravated assault causing harm.
2. Australians among passengers on Emirates flight that crash landed at Dubai airport.
There were two Australians on board the Emirates plane that made an emergency landing in Dubai overnight.
The flight travelling from India to Dubai made a crash landing at Dubai airport where it burst into flames killing a firefighter.
The passengers and crew included 226 Indians, 24 British people, 2 Australians and 11 Emiratis, the airline says. All passengers and crew survived but the firefighter had died responding to the emergency.
Passengers said the pilot made an announcement that he needed to make an emergency landing minutes before the flight crash-landed.
The airline said the crash-landing was not caused by any security breach.
3. “Evil witch” cast a spell and forced mother to drive kids into lake, killing three of them.
A court has heard that an "evil witch" cast a spell that forced accused Akon Guode to drive her car into a Wyndham Vale lake on April 8 last year.
The witness told the court that Guode, who had been having an affair believed the wife of her lover used witchcraft on her after finding out about the affair with the man who fathered four of Ms Guode’s children.
"She said the wife had something to do with her doing that to the children," the witness said, reports The Herald Sun. "Maybe she made her drive into the water ... Like a spell."
Guode is charged with murdering her one-year-old son, Bol, and twins Hanger and her brother Madit, four after driving her car into the lake and the three children drowned.