Brekky Wrap: Man Jailed For Dragging Shark To Death After Video Went Viral

All the news you need to know this Monday.

A Florida man who dragged a shark from a high-speed boat has been sentenced to 10 days in jail. Robert Lee Benac, 30, was one of three men who filmed themselves laughing as the shark was dragged and killed near Egmont Key in June 2017. Authorities launched an investigation after the footage was uploaded to social media. Other videos showed the men shooting a shark and pouring alcohol down the throats of live fish. Benac was fined US$2,500 and ordered to carry out 250 hours community service at an animal shelter. Michael Wenzel, 23, who skippered the boat made a similar plea deal in May last year, while charges were dropped against Spencer Heintz.

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Firefighters are on high alert as warm winds and high temperatures settle in across NSW. A very high fire danger rating is expected from Sydney, right up to the Queensland border today. Meanwhile, in Queensland, firefighters are desperately working to get more than 40 blazes under control with conditions expected to worsen again tomorrow.

A cyclist has been killed while trying to avoid a swooping magpie in NSW. The 76-year-old swerved and ploughed into a fence in Wollongong yesterday morning. He suffered serious head injuries and later died in hospital.

READ MORE: Cyclist Dies After Magpie Attack

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The federal government is expected to introduce its "big stick" energy legislation to parliament this week. It comes as the ACCC releases an update on the nation’s energy market which shows that almost 800,000 customers have received cheaper power bills since the introduction of a default market offer.

Minister for Energy Angus Taylor and Prime Minister Scott Morrison Photo: AAP/Mick Tsikas

Overseas, violence has again broken out in Hong Kong as tens-of-thousands of protesters clashed with riot police. Activists threw petrol bombs, built barricades and damaged a subway station, while police responded with water cannons and tear gas. Eight people have been injured, three are in serious condition.

READ MORE: Violence Flares In Hong Kong As Protesters Clash With Riot Police

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Back home, a ‘Shawshank Redemption’ style jailbreak plot has been foiled at Victoria’s largest maximum-security prison. Officers at Port Phillip Prison found three inmates had used spoons, forks and scissors to extract bricks from a cell, the Herald Sun reports. It’s understood they were planning to dig their way out. The trio has since been moved.

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In sport, England has beaten Australia by 135 runs in the fifth and final Ashes test, levelling the series. A century for Matthew Wade wasn’t enough to get the Aussies over the line. The good news is, Steve Smith took home the Compton-Miller Medal as player of the series and Australia retains the urn.

READ MORE: England Win Fifth Ashes Test, Draw Series

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