A jury has found Sydney taxi driver Osman Chamseddine guilty of sexually assaulting a deaf schoolgirl four years ago.
The young girl, who is now 16, says Chamseddine drove her to a secluded park on four separate occasions and sexually assaulted her. “The victim said he would drive her home from school and drop her off last on the route, and as part of the route the accused would divert,” prosecutor Andrew Metcalfe told the trial the driver would then sexually assault the girl.
Women involved in car jacking while on air
An ABC radio broadcast on Monday night was interrupted when two men attempted to break into a woman’s car. Host David Curnow had to put the call on hold after his discussion with a women about her hair pin collection quickly took a violent turn as two men attempted to get into her car. The men could be heard swearing and yelling loudly at the woman while she was on air. “We were worried for her but also not sure what had happened. We chased her up. I didn’t really know what was going on,” Mr Curnow told the ABC. “I put it on hold and told the producer to check to see if she was OK. She said she was shaken up and that she’s called police”.
ABC accused of bias program
Liberal National Party Senator James McGrath has lashed out against the ABC and their ‘biased’ program ‘Q&A’. McGrath told ABC Managing Director Mark Scott during a senate hearing that the program is biased against the Liberal party. “We have a flagship program here that consistently shows bias [against] those on the right or centre-right of politics,” McGrath said. “I’m interested in how that comes about and how steps are not taken to ensure there are more balanced panels.” He has asked for future panels to be more balanced.
ANU report predicts international sanctions
The Australian National University released a new report that predicts Australia could face sanctions from the international community if it fails to act on climate change. Australia could face ‘border tax adjustments’ and an increase in insurance premiums from foreign countries and institutions if it fails to cut emissions quickly enough. “Perceptions that Australia is not pulling its weight could lead to other countries applying ‘border tax adjustments,” the report said. Australia has been ranked as the 15th highest emitting nation in the world.
Jill Meagher’s killer convicted of twenty rape crimes
Adrian Bayley has been found guilty of the rape of three other women and sentenced to an increased sentence of 43 years non-parole period. Bayley faced court over the offences that occurred just months before he gruesomely raped and murdered Jill Meahger back in 2012. Some of these offences occurred while Bayley was on parole for previously committed crimes. Bayley’s name had been completely suppressed in the media during the case, after the defendants council claimed he was unable to get a fair trial because of his notoriety. – Compiled from web sources by Ashleigh Stevenson, Lachlan Brunton and Daniel Walker
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