Brekky Wrap: Cop Sentenced To 10 Years Jail For Murdering Neighbour In Mix Up
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A former police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the shooting death of her neighbour. Amber Guyger, 31, had returned to her apartment building after a 13-hour shift last September when she shot Botham Jean, 26, in his own home. Guyger said she mistook the apartment for her own, which was one floor below, and thought the accountant was an intruder. Jean was sitting on his own couch, eating ice cream when he was shot in the chest. Following an emotional six-day trial, prosecutors had urged the jury to give a punishment of no less than 28 years.
A man is dead and a police officer is in hospital following a shootout in Sydney’s west. The man pulled up outside Penrith Police Station just after 9.30pm last night and fired shots, leaving a constable with pellet wounds to the back of the head. The gunman was killed seconds later when officers returned fire. A critical incident investigation has been opened.
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A former Melbourne school principal accused of sexually assaulting female students has been released from custody in Israel. Malka Leifer, 52, is facing 74 counts of sexual assault in Victoria. She fled to her native Israel in 2008 when allegations surfaced and is now fighting extradition to Australia.
NSW Police will make a fresh appeal for information to mark one year since the death of Sydney woman Nicole Cartwright. The 32-year-old’s body was found by a council worker near a playground at Hunters Hill in 2018. It took a week to formally identify her body.
Sales and overdoses of codeine have fallen by half since the drug was made prescription only. The government moved to restrict sales last February. At the time, Australia had some of the highest rates of codeine use in the world.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed he was on the controversial call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s leader. The phone conversation has sparked an impeachment inquiry with a whistleblower alleging Trump was seeking help ahead of the 2020 election.
Prince Harry and Meghan have met Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, on the final day of their African tour. It comes as the British tabloid at the centre of the couple's lawsuit over the publication of a private letter confirmed it will be “defending the case vigorously”.
In sport, Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco has taken out the Dally M medal, edging out Storm star Cameron Smith by three votes. Melbourne’s Craig Bellamy was named Coach of the Year.
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