Brekky Wrap: Man Faces Jail After Beating Paedophile To Death With Stick To 'Save Teenage Boy'
All the news you need to know this Friday morning.
A Russian man is facing 15 years in prison after beating a convicted paedophile to death in an alleged attempt to rescue a 14-year-old boy at the man's home.
Car mechanic Vladimir Sankin, 33, claims a teenager had asked him to help free his friend who was supposedly locked inside the flat.
Sankin is accused of taking the convicted sex offender outside and beating him to death with a wooden stick until police arrived.
The accused is attempting to have the murder charges dropped and remains under house arrest as the murder investigation continues.
A man has been shot in the upper body after allegedly ramming two police vehicles in West Meadows, Melbourne on Friday morning.
Police said the car sped off after they approached the man and his female passenger, who were seen acting suspiciously just after midnight.
The driver sustained a gunshot wound to his shoulder and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
His female passenger was arrested and is expected to be interviewed later this morning as the investigation continues.
US President Donald Trump celebrated his acquittal on impeachment charges on Friday, calling his critics "hypocrites" and "corrupt".
Trump walked down a red carpet to a standing ovation from scores of Republican lawmakers, administration officials and conservative media figures in the White House.
The president re-aired old grievances and accused Democrats of staging a "corrupt" effort to undermine his presidency in a speech that lasted more than an hour.
"I've done things wrong in my life, I will admit ... but this is what the end result is," Trump said, holding up a copy of the Washington Post with the headline "Trump acquitted".
Police say they hold "serious concerns" for a one-year-old girl who was taken from a Gold Coast unit by a 45-year-old man.
The infant was reported missing from Southport and may now be at significant risk, police say.
They believe Jacob Longabardi, who is known to the girl, took her from a Queen Street unit on foot after a violent disturbance at 4 pm on Thursday.
An amber alert has been issued and police are conducting extensive patrols in the area.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared a "people's war" against the coronavirus after the death toll rose to 563, with more than 28,000 infections confirmed in the country.
Xi said China's strong mobilisation capacity and rich experience in public health would help the country to overcome the deadly virus.
In a striking image of the epidemic's reach, about 3700 people moored off Japan on the Diamond Princess faced testing and quarantine for at least two weeks on the ship, which has 20 confirmed cases of the virus, including two Australians.
Two people have been killed and 31 injured in northern Italy after a high-speed train derailed.
The crash happened on a straight stretch of the line near Lodi, about 50km south-east of Milan, about 5:30 am on Thursday (local time).
Two train drivers were killed and 31 people were hospitalised after the train passed through the Region of Lombardy, which encompasses Milan.
Lodi Prosecutor Domenico Chiaro said he was focusing his investigations on a mispositioned railroad switch on which maintenance work was done overnight.
"Had the switch been straight, the train would not have derailed," he said in a press conference.
A Sydney psychiatrist has been struck off the medical register after posting bizarre alt-right conspiracy theories which he claimed were directed by US President Donald Trump.
Dee Why-based doctor Russell Everard McGregor claimed Trump had taped evidence of a global Satanist pedophile ring, 9/11 was faked and the ABC is part of an international deep state network covering up the crimes of the elite.
Many of the 300-plus posts from 2018 onwards related to the debunked QAnon conspiracy that suggests Trump is leading a crusade against "deep state" forces who protect satanic pedophile networks.
Australia will see the heaviest rain in years lashing the east coast in the coming days.
Flood warnings have been issued for New South Wales and Queensland, with some experts predicting more than 500mm of rain could fall over eight straight days.
Parts of Queensland are expected to experience 500mm of rain after receiving close to 350mm in less than 24 hours.
In NSW, authorities are warning of flash flooding, as a massive wet front dumps rain on parts of the state.
Premier League clubs have voted to extend any bans imposed on supporters for abusive behaviour across the whole of the English top flight.
The season has been marred by incidents of racist abuse, with the Professional Footballers' Association calling on the government to set up an inquiry into the matter and its chief executive Gordon Taylor seeking custodial sentences for those found guilty.
A statement following the Premier League shareholders' meeting on Thursday (local time) said the clubs were "united against all forms of violent, threatening and abusive behaviour".
"Following recent events, the 20 clubs committed to introducing a league-wide ban for anyone banned by their club for discriminatory, abusive or violent acts," the statement added.
"Unacceptable conduct towards players, fans, club employees or referees will not be tolerated by the Premier League or its clubs."