1. The Victorian Supreme Court has heard grim details of the life and crimes of the man who murdered 22-year-old Melbourne woman, Sarah Cafferkey.
47-year-old Steven James Hunter pleaded guilty to killing Ms Cafferkey in November of 2012. During yesterday’s plea hearing, the court heard Mr Hunter had spent 13 years in prison for murdering a co-worker and had only recently finished his parole period, when he stabbed Ms Cafferkey to death.
Cafferkey’s parents sat in court holding a picture of their daughter during the proceedings. Her mother described Hunter’s crimes as an “unforgivable act of violence.”
2. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has admitted to using notes during Sunday night’s leaders debate but has laughed it off, saying that he “acted in good faith”. The ABC reported Mr Rudd saying:”If someone had have said to me it was not proper to take notes along to a debate then sure, that’s fine… I was in receipt of no such advice.” The debate rules stated that both Mr Rudd and Mr Abbott were allowed to bring in paper and a pen.
3. Meanwhile, a photo of Mr Rudd’s 20-year-old son Marcus smoking a cigar has prompted anti-smoking advocates to say it “is not a good message to be sending to young people.” The photo was posted in February last year which was, as a spokesperson for the Prime Minister pointed out, before the government announced an increase in smoking taxes.
4. Police in Victoria have resumed a search for missing school girl Siriyakorn “Bung” Siraboon after new information about her disappearance came to light.
They’re searching in a nature reserve around Old Joe’s Creek in Boronia and using earth moving equipment. Siriyakorn Siriboon was 13-years-old when she was last seen on June 2, 2011, when she was traveling from her Boronia house to go to school.