1. Ali Elamine responds to ex-wife Sally Faulkner’s claims on Australian Story saying “the story is over.”
Ali Elamine, the former husband of Sally Faulkner, has responded to Ms Faulkner’s claims on Australian Story surrounding their relationship and her 60 Minutes child snatch operation.
Mr Elamine has told Fairfax Media that there is nothing more that should be aired about the custody battle, saying the “story is over.”
It came to light yesterday that Mr Elamine had previously taken their elder child away from Ms Faulkner for a period of three months when she was a baby.
Ms Faulkner recalled, the pair had packed Lahela’s things into their car while they were living in Lebanon and Lahela was 10-months-old when Elamine asked her to pass their child over to his mother for a hug.
“I handed her over, she took her… she took her and walked into the house,” she said.
She didn’t see her daughter for another three months.
Overnight Mr Elamine told Fairfax Media he was not interested in having a “back and forth” with his ex-wife via the media.
“I believe the story is over and what is most important now is the wellbeing of the kids,” he said.
He refused to answer claims he had separated Ms Faulkner from Lahela after he thought his wife flirted with a tradesman when she offered him a glass of water.
“She knows the truth and she can say whatever she wants,” he said.
He said the media was on “Sally’s side” but that he only cared about the children’s wellbeing.
“From day one she was going on her own and the media took her side while I was concerned about the kids’ state of mind, and how they should recover from the trauma they went through during the kidnapping.”
“The kids are doing well now in relation to what they went through and everything else does not matter. ”
2. Was Gable Tostee too drunk to be found guilty?
One of the issues jurors in the Gable Tostee murder trial must consider is if he was too drunk to have murdered Warriena Wright.
The jury in the 30-year-old Gold Coast carpet layer’s trial began their deliberations yesterday but were unable to reach a verdict so far reports, The Courier Mail.
Tostee has pleaded not guilty to murdering the New Zealander he met on Tinder in the early hours of August 8, 2014 when she fell to her death from the 14th floor balcony of his apartment in an alleged attempt to escape him.
Tostee’s intent is one of the key issues the jury must consider as the jury deliberates whether Tostee unlawfully killed Ms Wright by ‘‘intimidating’’ her into trying to escape by climbing over his balcony.
Justice John Byrne told jurors that intoxication, while not a defence, was a factor in determining intent
“Evidence relating to the accused’s intoxication is relevant to the issue of intent,” he said. “If, because of the evidence concerning his (Tostee’s) consumption of alcohol or otherwise, you are not satisfied the accused did in fact form the necessary intent … to cause the deceased some grievous bodily harm … you must find him not guilty of murder.