Brekky Wrap: School Bus Driver Avoids Jail After Raping Student
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
Jurors in the US have reached a verdict in the trial of a former police officer who fatally shot Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Mohamed Noor was found guilty of manslaughter, guilty of third-degree murder and not guilty of second-degree murder. He had been responding to a 911 report about a possible sexual assault when he opened fire.
An Australian born cricketer has been jailed for five years in the UK for raping a sleeping woman in his teammate's bedroom in 2017. Alex Hepburn, 23, was found guilty of the attack during a retrial last month. The court heard he was involved in a sexual conquest game that he helped set up on a WhatsApp group.
A woman, 31, will front court today accused of stabbing a teacher at her child’s Byron Bay school. The victim, 28, has undergone surgery after being slashed in the face and arm before class yesterday. He's now recovering at home.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protestors have taken to the streets of Venezuela, clashing with armed forces. Armoured vehicles have ploughed through dozens of demonstrators, tear gas has been let off, while shots have reportedly been fired. The group is working to help the Opposition Leader oust the President.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is campaigning in Perth today where he’ll announce $16 million for a new soccer training centre and $10 million to help seniors combat loneliness if re-elected. Opposition leader Bill Shorten is in Adelaide where he will promise to turn the Spencer Gulf into a renewable energy zone that he says could create 1300 jobs.
The family of an Australian woman allegedly murdered by her fiancé in the UK have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help bring her body home. Amy Parsons, 35, was found dead in her London flat on Friday, her partner Roderick Deakin-White is due to front court today.
A New York school bus driver has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to raping a teenager, 14, who was on his route. Shane Piche, 26, was instead sentenced to 10 years probation, he'll also be a registered sex offender. Judge James P. McClusky said Piche escaped time behind bars because he had no previous arrests and there was only one victim, according to the Watertown Daily Times.
Crowds have begun to descend on Windsor in the UK awaiting the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan's first child. Baby Sussex is due any day now, it's not known whether it will be a boy or a girl but it has been confirmed that the family of three won't greet members of the public in the same way other members of the royal family have.
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