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1. Accused killer drank and smoked cannabis with mother of 11-year-old schoolgirl before her death.
In the hours before Zoe Buttigieg was raped and murdered the man accused of the brutal crime drank heavily with her mother and smoked cannabis.
Zoe Buttigieg, 11, was found dead in her Inchbold Street home in Wangaratta at 11am on October 25 last year.
Bowe Maddigan who is charged with the murder of Zoe is said to have joined Zoe’s mother, Janelle Saunders, and others in an all nighter of binge drinking and smoking cannabis that lasted until 7am on the morning of Zoe’s rape and murder.
Mr Maddigan was arrested after being found walking barefoot along the Hume Freeway on October 24 last year, and has been charged with murder and two counts of sexual assault.
A court heard that Ms Saunders met Mr Maddigan, who had recently been released from prison, just a week earlier through a mutual friend.
She described him as “very deep” and “artistic”.
The Herald Sun reports that Zoe’s mother said Maddigan had been talking rapidly and jumping from topic to topic in the hours before the alleged murder.
Ms Saunders told the court that on the morning her daughter was raped and murdered she went to bed at 7am after drinking bourbon and coke for almost 12 hours.
Her daughter was found dead four hours later.
Maddigan has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer told the court he would use the defence he was mentally impaired at the time the 11-year-old was killed.
2. Australian born Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash killed in air strike.
Neil Prakash, Australia’s most wanted Islamist miltant has been killed in an American air strike in Iraq.
Senior US officials have told the Australian Government that the 24-year-old Islamic State fighter and recruiter was killed in the city of Mosul last Friday.
Prakash he had been linked to the planning of several terror attacks on home soil. He had been on the Americans’ hit list for more than a year.
A senior security official has told the ABC removing Prakash was a big breakthrough.
“His death disrupts and degrades Islamic State’s ability to recruit vulnerable people in our community to conduct terrorists acts,’’ News Limited reports the official said.
Another Australian – the sister of 15-year-old Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar – who killed police accountant Curtis Cheng last year has also been killed in a US air strike in Syria on April 22, alongside her Sudanese-born terrorist husband.
Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad, aged in her 20s left the family home in Sydney and travelled to the Middle East the day before her younger brother murdered Curtis Cheng.
“These incidents remind us that Australians who engage in terrorist activity and move into overseas conflict zones are placing themselves and others at significant risk,’’ the official said.