Brekky Wrap: Boss Threatened To Kill New Recruit If She Reported Him Sending Thousands of Sexual Texts
All the news you need to know this Tuesday morning.
A government boss in the UK sent a new recruit more than 2,500 sexual texts, including semi-naked selfies, and threatened to kill and bury her if she reported him.
Grant Bosence, 53, a Highways England manager allegedly harassed Kim Beaney, 40, for months.
He reportedly asked what "a dinner was worth in sexual favours" and pointed out what "would be nice" for her to wear under her fluorescent work gear.
When Beaney threatened to report him to Human Resources, Bosence said he would have her "killed and buried for four grand".
"I saw this job as a chance to begin a new career with good future prospects that would allow me to provide for my family," the mother said, according to The Sun.
“Instead I suffered months of harassment. I felt I had no option but to continue speaking to him for fear of losing my job."
He argued the messages were reciprocal and not unwanted but the tribunal in Nottingham rejected his claims.
Beaney was awarded £74,000 in compensation after successfully suing Highways England's Bosence and another worker.
Australian police officers have praised the families of MH17 victims for their patience, having waited six years for a trial.
Russians Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov, along with Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, are being tried in absentia in the Netherlands over the murder of all 298 onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight, which was shot down in July 2014.
The four former Russian-backed rebel fighters have been charged with murder and destroying a civilian airliner by allegedly furnishing the missile used to destroy the plane.
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Australian Federal Police Detective Superintendent David Nelson said he is proud of the 500 officers who have worked on the case, but paid tribute to the patience of mourning families and friends.
"Today is incredibly important for the next of kin, they've been incredibly patient with us over the last five-and-a-half years whilst we've been doing the work we've been doing," he said.
"And I'm just thankful they, like the rest of the world, will actually get to hear all that evidence and all that detail over the coming year."
The renowned Olympic Flame lighting ceremony will be held on Thursday in ancient Olympia, in Greece, without spectators due to coronavirus concerns.
Only 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 organising committee will attend Thursday's ceremony.
The Olympic flame is due to arrive in Japan on March 20 after a Greek relay leg and a handover ceremony in Athens on March 19.
The torch will be carried around 47 prefectures in Japan in a 121-day relay starting in Fukushima before arriving at the July 24 Olympic Games opening ceremony in Tokyo's New National Stadium.
Health authorities in NSW are now investigating a coronavirus cluster centred around Ryde Hospital, the Defence Force and the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care facility.
Meanwhile, St Patrick's Marist College and Willoughby Girls High School will be closed on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.
"This is likely to be the new norm," Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Monday afternoon.
"We have established now a clear orthodoxy. If a child or a staff member or any other person within a school is found to have the COVID-19 virus, then effectively a breather will be taken and a day out will be the immediate requirement."
NSW chief economist Stephen Walters says a state recession isn't inevitable but is currently a risk.
He says tourism and education are two sectors likely to feel the pinch of the outbreak.
There are 47 confirmed cases in the state. Two residents at a Sydney aged care home have died from the virus.
NSW Health said on Monday evening there were 476 cases under investigation, and almost 8000 people have been tested and cleared of infection.
Queensland's Channel Country has been pelted by rain in recent weeks, with river levels expected to surge to their highest peak in a decade.
Heavy falls have resulted in renewed river level rises, particularly in the Bulloo and Paroo rivers, which have generated the largest catchments in 10 years, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The southwest Queensland towns of Quilpie, Thargomindah, Eulo and Hungerford have recorded, or will record, their highest flood levels since March 2010 this week.
"The Channel Country in the far west of the state, (has) very, very slow movement of floodwaters and so they'll be remaining for at least the next couple of weeks as they make their way down to Lake Eyre," BoM hydrologist Jess Carey said.
Besides heavy rainfalls out west, far north Queensland is also soon expected to be on flood watch.
Carey said heavy falls are predicted from Cape York through to Mackay over the next seven days.
The royal family has come together at London's Westminster Abbey for the last public event before Prince Harry and Meghan set off on a new career path devoid of official duties.
The annual Commonwealth Service is the first time Harry and Meghan have been seen with the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate and Camilla since they organised an exit deal from their royal roles in January.
Royal biographer Penny Junor said she imagined everybody would be on their best behaviour.
"But goodness knows what they will all be thinking privately," she said.
The January agreement, which comes into action at the end of the month, will see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seek to carve out "a progressive new role", mainly based in North America, that they aim to finance themselves.
Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, will stop using their HRH titles - His or Her Royal Highness, will not use "royal" in their branding, and Harry, who will remain a prince, will relinquish his military titles.
A Fremantle Dockers player has been sent for a precautionary coronavirus test after coming down with flu-like symptoms.
The unnamed player had contact with a friend who had been in China earlier this year.
According to the player, the friend underwent a 14-day isolation period after returning from China, during which he suffered no flu-like symptoms.
The friend then travelled to Perth to visit the Dockers player.
"The player reported to club medical staff (on Monday) that he was suffering flu-like symptoms," the club said in a statement.
"As a precautionary measure and despite the fact the friend had reported no flu-like symptoms, the player was immediately sent for testing and isolated."
Results are expected to take between 24 to 48 hours.
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