Two female backpackers have narrowly avoided tragedy on a South Australian beach.
The women, aged in their 20s, were attacked by a man on Salt Creek beach. They suffered injuries and were sent to the nearest hospital for treatment. It’s believed that the women met the man while on their way to Victoria for a holiday.
A man has been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.
He was remanded in custody by Adelaide Magistrate’s Court. He did not attend court, appearing via video link wearing a white hospital gown and chains.
Sentence increase for former Bega boss
The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal has increased the sentence on Maurice Van Ryn, former boss of Bega Cheese, for child sex offences. Van Ryn was convicted of 17 child sex offences committed against nine victims over 11 years. The court yesterday added six years to his original sentence of seven years; Van Ryn will not be able to apply for parole until 2028.
Police crack down on bikies on NSW Central Coast
NSW Police have arrested 17 people and confiscated guns, cash and drugs in raids on the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang this week. More than half those arrested are associated with the Rebels, and were served taxation notices by from the police. The raids involved 200 officers including strike force detectives, the Public Order and Riot Squad, Polair, the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit and the Dog Unit. Houses were searched in Lisarow, Killarney Vale, Budgewoi, Hamlyn Terrace, Mannering Park and The Entrance. Investigations are still under way.
Barnaby Joyce expected to take over as Deputy PM
Deputy PM Warren Truss has announced his retirement as leader of the Nationals. Barnaby Joyce is tipped to be elected his successor at a party meeting tonight. Mr Truss was elected member for the Queensland seat of Wide Bay in 1990 and has led his party since 2007. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said he would be sad to see Mr Truss move on, but movement was good for government. “It’s like a footy team, a strong footy team. You’ve got young people coming up, but eventually you’ve got to go and make that move.” – Compiled from web sources by Jesse Mullens
Screengrab of South Australian police investigating at Coorong National Park from TODAY show.