The Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions plans to appeal against the downgrading of Gerard Baden-Clay’s murder conviction to manslaughter. In a Supreme Court trial Baden Clay was sentenced to life after he was found guilty of murder for killing his wife Allison and dumping her body in bushland. On December 8 the Appeal court ruled the 2014 verdict was unreasonable because the evidence had not demonstrated premeditation, and changed the finding to manslaughter. The DPP must now file leave to appeal to the High Court.
Coalition ministers Jamie Briggs and Malcolm Brough quit
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s holiday season has been disrupted by the resignation of two ministers. The Minister for Cities, Jamie Briggs, quit on Tuesday over an incident in which he “acted inappropriately” towards a female public servant in a Hong Kong bar. Mal Brough, Special Minister of State and Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, finally stood aside while a police inquiry is under way into his alleged involvement in the Peter Slipper affair. The Opposition had been demanding his head for months. Mr Turnbull is now expected to reshuffle his cabinet in February. Eric Abetz, hardcore conservative and Tony Abbott loyalist, is already calling for the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to be recalled to the Cabinet.
Heavy Metal giant Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead dead
Metal fans were in mourning yesterday after it was announced that news that Lemmy Kilmister, frontman of the British heavy metal band Motörhead, had died days after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Motörhead formed in 1975 and was still touring until early December. Their hits included Ace of Spades and The Game. In recent years Kilmister, 70 when he died, became heavily involved with the World Wrestling Entertainment franchise, writing iconic entrance themes for the wrestler Triple H. He and rock legend Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath were among the many to expre4ss their grief on Twitter.
Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015
#RIPLemmy One life, lived your way, from the beginning, till the end See you down the road my friend… Thank you for the gift of your sound
— Triple H (@TripleH) December 29, 2015
Lemmy: Rest In Peace. Shake the heavens, my friend.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) December 29, 2015
– Compiled form web sources by Jesse Mullens
Top photo of Allison Baden-Clay from the Justice for Allison Baden-Clay and her family Facebook page.