Brekky Wrap: Woman Injured After Gumtree Deal Goes Wrong
All the news you need to know this Monday.
The man accused of murdering young international student Aiia Maasarwe will reappear in court on Monday. Codey Herrmann, 20, allegedly raped and killed the 21-year-old Palestinian Arab of Israeli citizenship as she walked home from a comedy gig in Melbourne last Tuesday night. Maasarwe's body is expected to be released to her family on Monday.
A man is in police custody after he allegedly threw a woman from a first-floor balcony in inner Sydney during a domestic incident. Police were called to a unit block in Redfern about 9.25pm on Sunday and found the woman, aged in her 30s. She was taken to hospital in a stable condition with fractures.
Top Australian scientists will spend the next three weeks studying the causes of the mass fish kill in NSW, following a request from Federal Labor. Up to a million fish have died in the Darling River at Menindee in recent weeks.
Five people have been charged over the alleged coordinated theft of more than $1 million worth of baby formula across Sydney. The latest arrest came on Saturday, when a 31-year-old man was detained at Sydney Airport after he arrived on a flight from China. He was charged and fronted court on Sunday, where he was granted strict bail to reappear on January 30.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged changes to the Liberal Party’s pre-selection processes in a bid to boost the number of women in Parliament. It comes as the PM deals with the shock resignation of Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer and fresh questions about whether the party is doing enough to promote women.
A Perth woman has been injured as she ran after a thief who responded to her ad on online market place Gumtree. Alex, 22, was reportedly dragged for about 250 metres as she held onto the getaway car.
She was among several victims targeted in a string of similar robberies. Police say there were four other incidents across Perth on Saturday where men arrived at the homes to buy advertised items and then stole them. A GoFundMe page has been set up help the woman's recovery.
Overseas, U.S. President Donald Trump has attacked the Democrats for rejecting his proposal to end the longest government shutdown in history. Trump had offered some temporary protections for immigrants, in exchange for funding for his security wall along the Mexican border. But Democrats called the proposals "unacceptable", a "non-starter" and "hostage taking".
Prince Phillip has received a warning from police after he was photographed apparently driving without a seat belt, just two days after he was involved in a crash while at the wheel. A spokeswoman for Norfolk Police said the force was "aware" of photos that appeared in the Daily Mail and the Sun appearing to show the duke, 97, driving a replacement Land Rover near the entrance to the Sandringham estate and that "suitable words of advice have been given to the driver".
In sports news, Ash Barty is the first Australian woman though to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in a decade, after a win over Maria Sharapova. The world number 15 came from a set down to beat one of the very best 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. She is Australia's first female quarter-finalist at the Australian Open in 10 years.
And, in a stunning upset, Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas has defeated Swiss master Roger Federer in four sets. The 20-year-old will face Spain’s Robert Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals and could meet Rafael Nadal in the final four.
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