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News in 5: Toyah Cordingley's father on the moment he found his daughter's body; NRL players sentenced for nudity offences; Dawson granted bail.

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1. Toyah Cordingley’s father has described the moment he found his daughter’s body.


The father of Toyah Cordingley has described the horrifying moment he found his daughter’s body.

Toyah, 24, was killed while walking her dog along Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, in October. Police have identified several people of interest, although there have been no arrests.

Troy Cordingley found his daughter’s body after four to five hours of searching on Sunday, October 21.

In a Facebook post, Troy wrote of the moment “a father should never have to suffer” and said the loss of Toyah had left him feeling “lost and empty inside”.

“Toyah is my only child. Finding her body has burnt an indelible image in my mind. It is something a father should never have to suffer,” he said.

He also shared a collection of photos of Toyah as a child enjoying Christmas and having fun, memories he would cherish forever.

“I have other images permanently etched in my mind… I remember our backyard full of laughing happy kids. I remember wonderful birthday parties and Christmases.”

He affectionately called Toyah “My Brighteyes” and said she had grown into a “beautiful, caring young woman”.

He concluded his post by thanking the police, the SES and the community as a whole for their hard work.

Earlier this month, Queensland Police were liaising with Interpol and Indian authorities in the investigation of the man who packed up and left shortly after Ms Cordingley’s body was found, News Corp reported.

2. Flight turned back due to threat: report.

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A Tigerair flight from Sydney to Melbourne has reportedly turned back mid-flight due to a possible safety threat on board.

Tigerair’s flight TT271 to Melbourne was forced to return to Sydney Airport, News Corp Australia reported.

The flight left at 7.05pm and returned to Sydney at 8.35pm.

Police surrounded the plane and passengers were told to stay seated and switch off their phones, News Corp reported.

A Tigerair spokesman said in a statement: “The captain made the decision to return to Sydney following an incident on-board. In line with standard procedures, the Australian Federal Police met the aircraft on arrival.”

3. NRL players sentenced for nudity offences.

NRL players Adam Elliott and Asipeli Fine have received a conditional release order after a “disgraceful” performance involving lewd behaviour and simulated sex acts during Canterbury’s Mad Monday celebrations.

Elliott, 24 and Fine, 26, were charged after a news photographer snapped them nude on the balcony of the Harbour View Hotel at The Rocks on September 3.

The players were supported by teammates in Downing Centre Local Court on Monday when they entered guilty pleas to charges of wilful and obscene exposure.

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Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley subsequently placed both men on two-year conditional release orders without recording convictions.

According to the agreed facts, Fine was seen naked in CCTV footage raising a bench stool over his head while thrusting backwards and forward moving his genitals up and down.

The pair was cheered on by the crowd as Elliott, who was also naked, climbed onto a stool before falling down with Fine catching him.

They then got dressed before Fine knelt on a table and pulled down his underwear.

A club member poured liquid, believed to be water, down his genitals into a schooner glass.

Elliott removed his clothes again and climbed onto the next table, later holding his genitals while club staff and players gathered around.

Ms Mottley labelled the behaviour as “disgraceful” and said the players had been egged on by the “mob” and “pack mentality” of the group.

“You put on a performance for a crowd and it just happened that performance could have been seen by a member of the public on the street,” she said.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge climb causeway also has a view of the rooftop terrace.

“It went on and on and on and it seemed you were encouraged to continue to dress and undress,” the magistrate said.

“It goes without saying boys … sometimes private things end up in the public domain.”

The magistrate said not only had they brought shame upon themselves and their team but they had damaged the reputation of the code.

“That’s a very heavy burden for you to carry.”

4. Dawson to be released from NSW prison.

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Chris Dawson is expected to be released from a Sydney prison after his family came up with more than $1 million to post his bail.

Dawson, 70, was granted bail on Monday after family members, including his twin brother, offered their homes as surety to a value of $1.5 million.

The former rugby league player and teacher intends to plead not guilty to killing his wife Lynette Dawson, who was 33 when she disappeared from Sydney’s northern beaches in 1982.

Her body has never been found but the prosecution alleges her death on the night of January 8 is an “irresistible conclusion”.

Dawson was not released from custody on Monday as Corrective Services NSW worked into the evening to process his release.

He is expected to be released on Tuesday morning but must live with his wife on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, report daily to a local police station and surrender his passport.

The Lynette Dawson case has become known around the world after being featured on The Australian newspaper’s investigative podcast The Teacher’s Pet.

5. Govt rocked by second Nationals scandal.

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The federal coalition government has been rocked by yet another Nationals sex scandal with Andrew Broad forced to step down as an assistant minister to the deputy prime minister.

An article in New Idea magazine on Monday alleged Mr Broad, who was served under Nationals leader Michael McCormack, used a website to meet younger girls while away on an overseas work trip.

A woman, named as “Amy”, claimed she met the married 43-year-old in Hong Kong in November for dinner and he told her he was there for a “conference” but “shouldn’t have been here at all”.

The woman also claimed Mr Broad lied about his age, sent her numerous text messages that turned to a “more sexual nature” following the dinner and compared himself to “James Bond”.

Mr McCormack said he had known about the matter for a couple of weeks and had urged Mr Broad to report the matter to the Australian Federal Police.

However, on Monday, the AFP said in a statement it had received Mr Broad’s referral on November 8, six weeks earlier.

After assessing it, the AFP found “no applicable offences under Australian law”.

Meanwhile, The Herald-Sun on Tuesday cited unnamed “senior Nationals” saying they fear the allegations could be the “tip of the iceberg” for Mr Broad, claiming at least three women had contacted the party in the past year.

These women made separate claims of “dalliances” with Mr Broad, dating back to 2015, the news outlet reported.

Mr McCormack is backing Mr Broad, the MP for the northern Victoria seat of Mallee, to continue to sit in the federal parliament, albeit on the backbench.

“I want to make sure that all of my ministers, all of my members are always doing the right thing. That’s why I have accepted Andrew Broad’s resignation,” he told reporters on Monday.

It is the second sex scandal to rock the Nationals this year after Barnaby Joyce was forced to resign as party leader following revelations he was expecting a child with a former staffer.

Mr Broad at the time called for Mr Joyce to step down as leader amid reports of his extramarital affair.

The MP is also said to have argued strongly against same-sex marriage during the debate in parliament, touting traditional marriage and religious freedom.

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