Brekky Wrap: Man Jailed For Life After Beheading Mate With Axe, Hiding Head In Pair Of Jeans
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A Queensland meatworker has been sentenced to life behind bars after beheading his friend during a rage over his wife's affair with the victim's brother.
Mohammed Khan was found guilty during the Supreme Court trial in Rockhampton for the murder of 33-year-old Syeid Alam.
Khan had organised to go fishing with his friend and colleague Alam, whose headless body was later found on the banks of Rockhampton's Fitzroy River in April 2016, 11 days after he went missing, ABC News reports.
The victim's head was found nearby, wrapped in a pair of jeans, and a small axe was recovered a day later.
Khan had pleaded not guilty to the gruesome murder and has been in custody since May 2016.
Punnets of strawberries will be flying off the shelves at Woolworths today as Valentine's Day fever sets in.
Data from the supermarket giant suggests the company will sell a staggering 159 punnets of the romantic fruit per minute.
Last year Woolworths sold 750,000 boxes of chocolate across the nation in the lead up to Valentine's Day, but the majority of the sales will occur on February 14.
According to the data, 57 per cent of Woolworths' total Valentine's Day sales are predicted to occur today, with the majority of flower sales to happen afternoon as last-minute shoppers swing by the store after work.
Funeral insurance, irresponsible lending and harmful sales tactics are some of the main factors making Aboriginal Victorians struggle financially.
Common practices like marketing bills are harming indigenous people, according to the Consumer Issues in Victorian Aboriginal Communities report launched on Friday.
"Issues with products like payday loans, rent to buy, essential services issues and unsuitable funeral products are leaving families in considerable debt," Consumer Action Koori Engagement Manager Kaylee Anderson said.
One case study explains how a 56-year-old Aboriginal woman signed up for funeral insurance when offered by a salesman.
According to the report, the woman has now paid $26,000 to the insurance company while living off Centrelink income.
A sharp increase in reported coronavirus cases in the Chinese outbreak epicentre on Thursday is mostly due to more than 13,000 earlier cases that were added to the tally, the World Health Organisation says.
The confirmed number of cases in China rose to 59,804 after diagnosis rules were changed for the hardest-hit province of Hubei so that lung screening results are allowed as the basis for confirming infections rather than laboratory tests that are used in the rest of China and abroad.
"We're not dealing with a spike of (new) 14,000 cases in a day," WHO emergency operations chief Mike Ryan told a press conference in Geneva.
Mass-testing of individuals in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore has not revealed a great number of additional hidden infections beyond the reported numbers, Ryan added.
"That might give an indication that the 'iceberg' may not be that great," he said.
A man who was growing cannabis in a tent in his bedroom has been fined.
Dylan Norman Ward, 26, told police who raided he had been growing the four plants for six to eight weeks after they raided his property in June last year, according to The Gold Coast Bulletin.
He reportedly confessed to having drugs in his bedroom when officers arrived.
Authorities found 1.86kg worth of cannabis plants inside a tent which "consisted of LED lighting and fan enforced equipment."
"Fertilisers were also located,” Prosecutor Rana Aldas told the court.
He was fined $1,000.
Vietnam has quarantined a community of 10,000 people near the capital Hanoi due to coronavirus fears.
The rural commune of Son Loi is home to 11 of the 16 coronavirus cases in the country, which includes a three-month-old baby.
"More than 10,000 residents of the commune will not be permitted to leave for the next 20 days, starting from today," an official told Reuters.
"As of this evening, we will still allow those who wish to return home to enter but, in the next few days, this place will be totally be sealed."
The coronavirus arrived in Vinh Phuc after people, who had travelled to Wuhan for Lunar New Year, returned home to Vietnam.
The province is home to factories operated by Honda and Toyota.
Israel Folau has moved a step closer to making his Super League debut after being named in Catalans Dragons' 21-man squad for Saturday's match against Castleford in Perpignan.
The 30-year-old former Wallabies and NSW Waratahs star has not played since being sacked by Rugby Australia last May for posting homophobic comments on social media and an entire decade has passed since his last rugby league game.
Being included in a 21-man squad does not guarantee he will play but Folau has endured two weeks of training with his new team-mates.
Catalans coach Steve McNamara said "he looks in really good shape".
Folau, who has signed a one-year contract with the French club, is a straight replacement for Brayden Wiliame - who left the club to join St George Illawarra - and will ease an early-season injury crisis among the club's outside backs.
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