Wednesday's news in 5 minutes.

1. 19-year-old woman pleads guilty to murder of her grandfather.

A 19-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to the murder of her grandfather, Robert Whitwell, 81, at Craigmore in Adelaide.

Brittney Jade Dwyer, 19, made a brief appearance in the Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday via video link, where she pleaded guilty to her granddad’s murder.

The court heard earlier this week that that Dwyer and her friend, Shelby Lee Angie Holmes, 19, planned to rob Mr Whitwell of $30,000 after travelling from Brisbane to Adelaide.

The pair and a third woman, Bernadette Burns, were arrested by Major Crime detectives after Mr Whitwell’s body was found inside his house on August 8.

He had been dead for several days.

Dwyer and Burns, of Redbank Plains, about 30km southwest of Brisbane, were extradited to Adelaide earlier this month to face charges of murder, reports The Advertiser.

Prosecutors alleged after Holmes sent Dwyer a text message saying “he said ‘hi’ to me, he’s lovely” Dwyer replied “don’t get attached to him, he might have to die”.

Holmes and Burns are yet to enter pleas and have been remanded in custody.

2. Mother awarded $1.8 million after delayed caesarean killed newborn.

A NSW woman whose newborn baby died during childbirth has been awarded nearly $1.8 million in damages by the Supreme Court.

The court heard Sharon McManus, 37, suffered depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and became an alcoholic after her son Cooper died in May 2010 at Wagga Wagga Hospital reports The Daily Telegraph.

The Murrumbidgee Local Area Health Network admitted liability over the death of Cooper.

Justice Harrison found that Cooper’s death had been avoidable if a caesarean section had been performed earlier.

Ms McManus had suffered a severe attack of gastroenteritis while she was pregnant and was hospitalised for three weeks.

On May 14 2010, a doctor and midwife had conflicting views over whether Ms McManus was fit to be released from hospital, but decided to release her.

The next day after tests, she was scheduled for a C-section but when she woke up, she was informed her baby had died.

Justice Harrison found that Cooper’s death had been avoidable if a caesarean section had been performed earlier.

3. Trump vows to hit Clinton “harder” next time.

Donald Trump has said in the next debate he will hit Hillary Clinton “harder” after she came out triumphant, according to most polls in their first debate of the presidential election.

Mrs Clinton said Donald Trump “was making charges and claims that were demonstrably untrue, offering opinions that I think a lot of people would find offensive and off-putting”.

Trump told Fox News that, going forward, he may bring up Bill Clinton’s womanising.


“I was going to hit her with her husband’s women. And I decided I shouldn’t do it because her daughter was in the room.”

Clinton responded: “He can run his campaign however he chooses”.

4. Bali flights cancelled after volcanic ash.

A volcanic eruption from Indonesia’s Mount Rinjani has disrupted flights to and from Bali’s Denpasar Airport.

The volcanic activity from Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok has created an ash cloud meaning two Tigerair, seven Jetstar and four Virgin Australia flights had to be cancelled between Australia and Bali.

Tigerair says passengers will be transferred onto the next available flights, while Virgin says guests can change or cancel their travel plans.

Jetstar have now confirmed they are resuming flights.

5. World’s first baby born using three-parent IVF technique.

The world’s first baby to be born from the DNA of three people appears to be healthy after being born on 6 April.

Doctors who oversaw the procedure have only just announced his successful birth.

Five-month-old Abrahim Hassan’s Jordanian parents, Ibtisam Shaban and Mahmoud Hassan, were treated by a US team based in Mexico.

Shaban carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterised by the degeneration of the central nervous system; the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve.

Shaban’s first two children died because of Leigh syndrome

John Zhang from the New Hope Fertility Center in New York told New Scientist he went to Mexico where “there are no rules”.

“To save lives is the ethical thing to do,” he said.

When Abrahim was tested for Leigh syndrome, they found less than one per cent of his mitochondria carried the mutation meaning the procedure was a success.

The procedure, known as mitochondrial transfer, was legalised in the UK in 2015 but so far no other country has introduced laws to permit the technique.

6. South Australia braces for more flooding.

The SES has been handing out sandbags to residents of Mount Gambier, Riverland and the Mid North as South Australia braces itself for another severe weather event.

Adelaide’s metropolitan areas, the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Mid North have all been issued flood watch warnings from tomorrow afternoon.

Rainfall totals are expected to reach between 30mm and 100mm, potentially causing water levels in creeks and rivers to rapidly rise.

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