Brekky Wrap: Guilty Verdict For Axe Deaths, The Obamas Sign With Netflix And New Royal Wedding Photos
All the news you need to know this Tuesday.
Former Perth school boy Henri van Breda has been found guilty of the brutal axe murders of his brother and parents in South Africa. The judge ruled the 2015 killings took place in the family's luxurious home at the De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate in Stellenbosch. The 23-year-old was also found guilty of the attempted murder of his sister and will be held in custody until his sentencing.
The Banking Royal Commission continues on Tuesday, where it will examine case studies involving loans for buying franchise businesses. Yesterday, the commission heard that the elderly and ill Carolyn Flanagan could have lost her home after she guaranteed a loan for her daughter's business, which later failed. She was only able to stay in her home after her Legal Aid lawyers stepped in, but Westpac executives said there was nothing wrong with Flanagan acting as the guarantor for the business, even though she is unable to read and write due to blindness and memory loss.
Nearly 200 Commonwealth Games athletes and officials remain in Australia seeking asylum and another 50 remain illegally. It has been revealed that 205 people are legally in the community on bridging visas while their applications are being considered. Initially, it was believed just 11 athletes had not returned home, however the number is much larger than expected. The Commonwealth Games ended on April 15.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that America will issue "the strongest sanctions in history" on Iran if they don't change their course. In his first major speech as Secretary of State, Pompeo listed demands that he said should be part of a nuclear deal, including better constraint of Iran's nuclear activities and stopping the enrichment of uranium.
Toys 'R' Us Australia has gone into voluntary administration just months after the stores in the U.S. and Britain went bust. Administrators were appointed by the company directors after the final bidder for the sale of the Australian business withdrew. All Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us stores will remain open until the administrators make a decision about the company's future in Australia.
Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement with Netflix. Under the agreement, the Obamas will produce films and series for the streaming service. There are few details about when the works will premiere or if the Obamas themselves will be on-screen, however it is rumored that their first production could be available to viewers as early as 2019.
NRL boss Todd Greenberg has ordered a tighter following of the rules from players after a wild weekend on the field. The fights, a broken eye socket, a broken jaw and deliberate delaying of play left Greenberg unimpressed by player conduct. If players are seen milking penalties, deliberately throwing balls at other men or wasting time, a penalty will be issued. The crackdown will come into effect from as early as this weekend.
Behrouz Boochani writes for ten daily from Manus Island about how political ideology is being placed above the rights of innocent people. He calls the loss of life on Manus Island, Christmas Island and Nauru "despicable crimes that need to be investigated." He says Australian politicians are liable for these deaths and the cruel conditions men, women and children are exposed to each day in detention facilities. Read more here.
The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three photos following their wedding on Saturday. The royal pair thanked spectators for filling the streets and celebrating with them on their special day. Harry and Meghan have delayed their honeymoon so they are able to attend Prince Charles' 70th birthday, who will be celebrating six months early with a garden party on May 22.
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