Monday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Teenager arrested over murder of her grandfather.

The teenager arrested over the murder of her 81-year-old grandfather has been described as being just like any other teenage girl.

Brittney Jade Dwyer, 19, and her friend Bernadette Burns, 21, were arrested in Redbank Plains, south-west of Brisbane, on Friday over the death of Robert Whitwell, 81.

Brittney Jade Dwyer, 19, with her grandfather Robert Whitwell. Via Facebook.

His body was discovered by neighbours at his Adelaide home on August 8 after mail went uncollected. Police initially thought he died of natural causes.

A neighbour has confirmed seeing Dwyer outside Mr Whitwell’s house about four days after he was found dead, reports The Brisbane Times.

The accused pair are expected to be formally charged with murder after appearing in court today. They will later be extradited to South Australia.

Mr Whitwell's brother, Geoffrey Whitwell, said his brother “did no harm to anybody” and did not deserve to meet a brutal end.

He described Brittney as being “just like any other type of girl to us, she was friendly.”

Bernadette Burns, 21 wrote: "story of my life: i knew better but i did it anyway."

Detective Inspector Greg Hutchins, of the Major Crime Investigation Branch told The Advertiser he was unable to disclose any motive or cause of death.

In a chilling Facebook post on August 5 Bernadette Burns wrote: “Story of my life: I knew better but I did it anyway.”

2. Bali police to take Sara Connor and David Taylor back to scene of the crime.

Sara Connor. Via Facebook.

Police in Bali will take Sara Connor and David Taylor back to scene of the crime today to take part in an official reconstruction before charging the pair over the death of a Balinese policeman.

Connor and Taylor are the only suspects in the bashing death of Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa.

Each has now given different versions of what they say happened during police interrogation, during the reconstruction police they will confront them with these differences.

News Limited reports that Connor’s former husband, Anthony “Twig” Connor has flown to Bali and will visit her today.

It comes as Bali investigators say six new witnesses have come forward in the case.

Police say the new witnesses include people who were at the site where Connor and Taylor allegedly burned the clothes they had been wearing on the morning of Wayan Sudarsa's death.

3. 62-year-old man charged over nightclub acid attack.

A man has been charged after allegedly filling a lubricant dispenser with acid at a gay and bisexual nightclub in western Sydney.

Police will allege the man, 62, filled a dispenser in one of the rooms of Arrows Nightclub, Rydalmere, with hydrochloric acid on Saturday night.

The Daily Telegraph reports that security detained the man after an alarm was triggered that alerted staff the dispenser had been tampered with.

The man was charged with administering a poison with intent to injure or cause distress or pain, entering a building with intent, malicious damage and driving while suspended.

4. Nick Xenophon indicates he may back same-sex marriage plebiscite.

In an interview with Fairfax Media Senator Nick Xenophon has indicated he may have changed his mind on the same-sex marriage plebiscite and his senators may back the bill.

Senator Xenophon told Fairfax Media on Sunday his party of four had not yet decided whether to support the plebiscite but that a speedy resolution of the issue was paramount.


"It's something we'll be discussing and having a formal position on," he told Fairfax Media. "We'll be issuing a formal statement on this in the next few days."

"This issue needs to be dealt with - one way or the other - sooner rather than later," Senator Xenophon said.

Last week Senator Xenophon said he would not pass the bill but his latest comments indicate he may have shifted that view.

5. Attack at Home Hill backpackers “went on for hours.”

The owner of the backpackers where British woman Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death last week has revealed that the attack went on for hours with terrified residents barricading themselves in their rooms.

French national Smail Ayad has been charged with murder over the stabbing death of 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung, two counts of attempted murder, serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of assault after the attack last Monday night.

Shelley’s Backpackers owner John Norris told Nine News guests barricaded themselves inside rooms during the attack.

“It started just after 11pm and probably went through until 2am, 2.30am,” Mr Norris said.

“They were told to get into the room and lock themselves in there."

6. Two pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport on suspicion of 'being drunk'.

Two pilots have been arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol as they prepared to fly from Scotland to the New York.

The United Airlines pilots, aged 35 and 45, were held custody after concerns were reportedly raised.

The flight to Newark, New Jersey, was due to depart from Glasgow Airport on Saturday. It eventually took off carrying 141 passengers on Saturday evening with a new crew on board.

The men are due to appear in court Monday.

7. Australian Down syndrome swimmers say unfair rules are excluding them from Paralympics.

Australian Down syndrome swimmers have said that unfair rules are excluding them from the Paralympics.

Despite Australia’s unparalleled success at the 9th Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships in Italy not one member of the world-beating team will swim at the upcoming Paralympics.

President of Down Syndrome Swimming Australia Simon Cox told the ABC there was no category of competition that recognised both their physical and mental impairments.

8. Study calls for country GP’s to improve abortion services.

A study in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has called for country GPS to improve access to medical abortions.

The ABC reports that of the estimated 30,000 GPs and gynaecologists working in Australia, only 1244 doctors have become certified prescribers. Melbourne University Associate Professor Louise Keogh, told Hack.

"It's not the be all and end all, but it's an option women should know about."

"What we're hoping is that by showing and publicising to other doctors they are doing it and are finding it's not that complicated then other doctors will feel more confident."

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