RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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Friday
Nov202009

Music teacher jailed for student sex

A former Ballarat teacher will spend Christmas behind bars for having sex with two students. Michelle Lynn Dennis, 33, had sex with the boys, aged 14 and 17, while employed as a music teacher at Ballarat High School. The County Court at Ballarat heard that Dennis sent more than 1300 text messages to the students over a two-year period. She also sent one of the boys naked pictures of herself and invited one of his friends to have a threesome with them. Dennis pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under supervision and one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16. She was convicted and sentenced to four years and three months' jail, with a minimum of two years and 10 months to serve.

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Friday
Nov202009

Murdered toddler craved his mother's love

Before she murdered her two-year-old son, Rachel Pfitzner used to lock him out of the house. Every week their neighbours in Rosemeadow saw Dean Shillingsworth pounding on the glass doors, pleading to be let in. ''Mummy, Mummy, I am sorry,'' the banished toddler would cry. She hit him when he wet himself or took leftover food, his hunger driving him from bed at night to look for scraps. She yelled at him constantly. But Dean kept craving his mother's love. According to prosecutors, ''even though he was frequently being punished by his mother, Dean was constantly seeking affection from her''. She saw this as ''overly clingy''. Her fuse grew even shorter. She murdered Dean on October 11, 2007, the same day a court ordered that Dean be returned to the care of his paternal grandmother, Ann Coffey.

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Friday
Nov202009

Men Demand Laws That Punish Women (Botswana)

Selebi-Phikwe — Men have been urged to discard their egos and report any form of abuse by their female counterparts so gender-based violence programmes can include them.

Because men tend to sweep such abuses under the carpet, it appears as if the available programmes exclude them. During a gender-based workshop on Wednesday male participants who were drawn from BCL and Botswana Prisons indicated that they succumb to abuse by women but because of their traditional upbringing they suffer in silence for fear of being treated as weaklings.

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Friday
Nov202009

Woman charged over Rockingham stabbing

A Rockingham woman who allegedly stabbed her partner during a violent domestic dispute last night has been charged with assault using a weapon. It is alleged the woman, believed to be in her 30s, used a knife to stab her de-facto partner in the leg during an argument at a Rockingham Home at about 7pm. The man was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, but it is understood his injuries were not life threatening. The woman is due to appear in Rockingham Magistrate's Court today.

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Thursday
Nov192009

Woman fronts court after man set on fire

A court in north-east Victoria has been told a Wangaratta woman who allegedly set a man on fire had planned to kill him. Wangaratta woman Kerry Anne McNiven, 43, was charged with attempted murder after the man suffered extensive burns to his body on Wednesday night. The prosecution told the Wangaratta Magistrates Court the 50-year-old man was sitting on the ground by the Ovens River when McNiven poured petrol on him and then set him alight with a cigarette lighter. Two passers-by pulled the man into the river to extinguish the flames. He is in a critical condition.

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