Brekky Wrap: Doctor Accused Of Murdering 25 Patients With Painkiller Overdoses

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has joined the Queen and other world leaders in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since the D-DAY landings. An estimated 3,300 Australians were involved in the largest land, air and sea invasion on the beaches of Normandy in 1944. Several hundred men involved in the conflict -- all now in their 90’s -- were guests of honour at the ceremony.

READ MOREQueen, World Leaders Gather For 75th D-Day Commemoration

D-Day Commemoration
World leaders gather for sombre D-Day commemorations in Mortsmouth. Photo: Getty Images.

Cardinal George Pell is back in court today to appeal his child sex abuse convictions. His lawyer told the court yesterday that it was “impossible” for the Cardinal to have abused two choirboys in the 1990s, explaining that he had a “strong alibi”. Today the prosecutors will respond.

READ MORE: Here's Everything That Happened On George Pell's Appeal Day 1

Cardinal George Pell arrives outside court in Melbourne. Photo: Getty.

An operation to recover five bodies in the Indian Himalayas will resume later today -- if weather permits. The mission had to be postponed yesterday thanks to windy conditions. Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance is one of eight climbers who went missing while climbing Nanda Devi last month. It's believed they were caught in an avalanche.

READ MORE: Five Bodies Believed To Have Been Spotted On India's Himalayan Slopes

Missing Australian climber Ruth McCance. PHOTO: Facebook

Charges are yet to be laid over the Darwin shooting that left four people dead and a fifth injured. The accused is under police guard in hospital as officers work to piece together exactly what happened. Eight crime scenes are still in operation.

READ MORE: 'This Guy's Got A Gun': Witness Describes Darwin Shooter Running Past And Killing Friend

Ben Hoffman
The alleged Darwin shooter Ben Hoffman. Photo: Facebook/ Ben Hoffman

An Ohio critical care doctor has been charged, accused of murdering 25 hospital patients. Authorities allege Dr William Husel, 43, deliberately gave the patients overdoses of the painkiller Fentanyl between February 2015 and November 2018. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts and his bail was set at US$1 million. It's one of the biggest murder cases ever brought against a health care professional in the US.

Former critical care doctor William Husel pleads not guilty to murder charges in Franklin County Court on June 5, 2019. Photo: Kantele Franko

The Prime Minister has stressed his government was not involved in police raids on the ABC and News Corp journalist, Annika Smethurst. Scott Morrison says he understands that the events have caused anxiety and insists the Coalition is committed to freedom of the press. "These are matters that were being pursued by the AFP operationally, at complete arm's length from the Government, not with the knowledge of the Government, not at the instigation of government ministers," he confirmed.

READ MORE: Dutton Denies Involvement In 'Disturbing' AFP Raids On Journalists

In sport, Queensland is celebrating after last night’s thrilling come-from-behind State of Origin win. The Maroons were down 8-0 at halftime, but a double from Dane Gagai led them to an 18-14 victory. Game two will be held in Perth on June 23.

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