1. Police charge 20-year-old woman with the murder of her mother in Brisbane.
Police have charged a 20-year-old woman with murder after police found her mother’s body in a home at The Gap in Brisbane last week.
Simona Zafirovska raised the alarm on Friday saying she had found her mother, Radica Zafirovska, 56, bludgeoned to death on the upper floor of their home.
Yesterday, police confirmed 20-year-old Simona Zafirovska was formally charged with homicide following investigations into her mother’s death and the discovery of abusive texts sent Thursday night from the daughter to her mother.
Detective Acting Inspector of inner west crime services David Farley said she attended the Ferny Grove Police Station of her own volition.
“A 20-year-old female has this afternoon been interviewed by police and has subsequently been charged with an offence of homicide for that matter,” he said.
The Courier Mail reports the alleged murder weapon, a piece of wood, was discovered inside the house.
Police are investigating whether the university student may have murdered her own mother because she wanted to be free of the strict traditional Macedonian upbringing.
Simona Zafirovska is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.
2. A toddler has died from meningococcal days after being admitted to hospital.
A 16-month-old died of meningococcal disease just days after being admitted to hospital.
The death of Charlie Mason from the B strain of the disease comes as a global shortage of the vaccine affects families around the country.
The Advertiser reports that while Charlie died of the B strain, the once-rare W-strain of the disease is also increasing.
There has been a renewed push to put the B and W-strain vaccines on the free, taxpayer-funded National Immunisation Program.
Charlie’s grandmother Bianca Bias wrote on Facebook that Charlie was initially taken to Noarlunga Hospital but they cleared him and sent him home.
A few hours later, he was taken to Flinders hospital and “within less than an hour he was put on life support and then in two hours he was rushed to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.”
3. Father shoots wife, daughter and then himself in “mercy killing.”
A man has shot his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself in Queensland’s Hervey Bay.
The father, John Frescura, 79, called police himself after shooting his wife Janice, 68, and daughter Robyn, 50. He then killed himself.
The husband and wife were rushed to Hervey Bay hospital in a critical condition but died a short time later.
Nine News reports that Robyn Frescura had suffered a life-threatening stroke two years ago, requiring 24-hour care while her parents had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
“Janice’s last words to me, they were a bit worried about how they were going to cope with Robyn,” family friend, Gwenda Knapp, told Nine News.
The Queensland Premier earlier in the day offered her condolences.
“On behalf of Queensland, I send my condolences to the Hervey Bay community and I believe that all honourable members would agree with me that this senseless violence has to stop,” she said.