Crime

Uniting Church Reverend avoids jail despite molesting young parishioner

Reverent - ABC

A retired Uniting Church minister has avoided jail time despite pleading guilty to molesting a boy in his parish more than 50 years ago in south-east Queensland. ABC Sharnie Kim Reverend Barry Dangerfield, 83, today pleaded guilty to five counts of indecently treating a boy under the age of 14, and six counts of the historical offence of indecent treatment between males. The crimes happened in the… Uniting Church Reverend avoids… Read More »

Van drove into Australian Christian Lobby’s Canberra headquarters and ‘exploded’

Van - The Canberra Times

A van reportedly carrying gas cylinders has exploded after being driven into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra on Wednesday night, setting the building alight. The Canberra Times There were no injuries suffered from people inside the building but the driver is being treated for his injuries in hospital. ACT Policing said the… Van drove into Australian… Read More »

Mexico fireworks market blast kills at least 31

Mexico - Al Jazeera

About 70 injured in the huge explosion – the third in a decade to hit the popular San Pablito marketplace in Tultepec. Al Jazeera News A massive explosion decimated a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital,  leaving it a charred wasteland and killing at least 31 people with dozens more injured. Television images showed a flurry of… Mexico fireworks market… Read More »

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should be investigated for murder over killing claim, UN says

Duerte - ABC

The UN’s human rights chief has asked Philippines authorities to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people while he was a regional mayor. ABC Philippine judicial authorities “must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the rule of law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights… Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should… Read More »

Top Russian Diplomat Was Shot Dead In Moscow Just Hours Before Assassination In Turkey

Russia - The Daily Caller

A top Russian diplomat was found dead in his Moscow apartment Monday, just hours after Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead at an art exhibit in Ankara. The Daily Caller Ted Goodman Petr Polshikov, 56, was discovered with a bullet wound to the head, according to reports. The announcement came just… Top Russian Diplomat Was… Read More »

Missing MH370: Investigators looking in the wrong place

Malaysia - Al Jazeera

Investigators conclude MH370 site is unlikely to be found in area crews focused on for two years. Al Jazeera International investigators hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have admitted after combing the Indian Ocean for two years search crews were likely looking in the wrong place. Tuesday’s conclusion raises the… Missing MH370: Investigators looking… Read More »

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

Explain - NYT

Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »

‘Our worst fear has now been tragically realised’: Police Union

Court - WA Today

The WA Police Union says its worst fears have been realised after the stabbing death of a woman at Joondalup court on Tuesday. WA Today Phil Hickey The union has been pushing for its officers to be fully armed in WA courts for some time and has previously raised security issues at court buildings in the past. “We have been warning the… ‘Our worst fear has now been… Read More »

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

Ambassador - Al Jazeera

Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman. Al Jazeera News Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on… Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot… Read More »

Turkey blames usual suspects for murder of Russian ambassador

Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX2VV41

Off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Dec. 19. Al Monitor Barın Kayaoğlu Police forces subsequently killed Altintas in a gunfight. What we know so far about… Turkey blames usual… Read More »

Our overcrowded prisons and recidivist governments

Prisons - Canberra Times

The stark, unpalatable reality is that the numbers of prisoners in Australia grew 8 per cent from 36,134 in 2015 to 38,845 in 2016. The Canberra Times Ross Fitzgerald This is nothing short of scandalous. The US has the highest… Our overcrowded prisons… Read More »

101-year-old paedophile jailed for 13 years

Pedophile - The Guardian

Ralph Clarke, who committed offences in 1970s and 80s, is believed to be oldest person ever convicted by jury in UK The Guardian A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed for 13 years for committing a string of sex offences against young children in the 1970s and 1980s. Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had… 101-year-old paedophile jailed… Read More »

Western Australia: half of reported domestic violence harm caused by 2% of offenders

Domestic Violence - The Guardian

Report commissioned by WA police found the youngest of 707 ‘worst offenders’ was 12 years old, and 35 were under 15 The Guardian Calla Wahlquist More than half of the harm caused by domestic violence offenders in Western Australia was perpetrated by just 707 people, according to a report commissioned by Western Australian police. The report, by the Cambridge Centre for,,, Western Australia: half of reported… Read More »

Mexico: Neither Pax Mafiosa, nor rule of law

Mexico - Al Jazeera

The post-authoritarian political system in Mexico has become a violent symbiosis of organised crime and politics. Al Jazeera News Edgardo Buscaglia Mexico is a nation with a heritage of cultural wonders and one of the main cradles of modern civilisation. Yet, despite its much acclaimed 20th-century… Mexico: Neither Pax Mafiosa, nor… Read More »

Dishonest senior police officers, KRA staff in North Rift aiding cartels to divert fuel meant for export

North Rift - Daily Nation

Some dishonest senior police officers and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) staff in the North Rift region are colluding with cartels to divert petroleum products meant for export to the local market, it has been alleged. Daily Nation Gerald Bwisa and Barnabas Bii Whereas the police officers offer protection to the cartels, the KRA officials manipulate documents to indicate clearance of petroleum products at exit border points despite the same being dumped into local market, denying… Dishonest senior police officers, KRA ... Read More »

Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as part of peace deal

Colombia - Al Jazeera

Pardons apply to political crimes, but not killings and rape, minister says, as FARC expels uncooperative commanders. Al Jazeera News The Colombian government has pardoned at least 110 FARC rebels as part of a peace deal to end a 52-year conflict, the country’s justice minister said. “I believe around 300 pardons could be… Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as… Read More »