The implementation of drug testing in Australia is being discussed after the death of 25-year-old Sylvia Choi at a music festival.
The Sydney pharmacist collapsed after taking ecstasy and an additional drug believed to be MDMA. It is the fifth drug-related death in NSW in 12 months. Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli said, “There is no such thing as safe drugs. You are playing Russian roulette with your life. You do not know what you are putting in your system.”
Woman charged over south coast murder
A 52-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of a childcare student in Bega. The body of 26-year-old Marnie Lee Maree Cave was discovered under a bridge in Tathra by campers on October 14. The alleged was taken to Bega Police Station, where she was charged with murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. She was refused bail and will appear in court today.
Girlfriends of missing Australian surfers seek answers
The girlfriends of Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas have travelled to Mexico to assist authorities in their attempt to identify bodies. Charred remains were found in a burnt-out van on farmland in a dangerous area of Mexico, Juan Aldama, on November 21. It is reported there were 16 murders over 72 hours across the notorious drug cartel region in Mexico. The duo were travelling from Canada to Mexico on a surfing trip. Josie Cox, girlfriend of Dean Lucas posted to Facebook: “Never felt so alone and useless … on my way to get some answers.”
Houses raided in Western Sydney
Detectives have raided two homes in Merrylands after threats were made to a Western Sydney police station via Facebook. The Alameddine home was previously raided in October, and was believed to be linked to the gun supplier in the death of police accountant Curtis Cheng on October 2. Detectives stormed the houses early this morning, however, a NSW police spokeswoman said “nothing of interest was located”. Talal Alameddine was charged in October with supplying a firearm to Raban Alou, 18, who proceeded to supply it to Cheng’s murderer, Farhad Jabar. Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad detectives continue to investigate.
Chris Brown cancels Australian and NZ tour
US R&B artist Chris Brown has announced the cancellation of his Australian and New Zealand tours. It is believed the decision came as Australian authorities denied Brown a visa based on his domestic violence history. Chris Brown however remains optimistic in a statement released on Ticketek’s site: “Mr Brown and the promoters both remain positive that the tour will take place in the near future. Mr Brown wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and looks forward to a successful tour in the near future.” – Compiled from online news sources by Olivia Grace-Curran
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