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A BRISBANE man used his knowledge as a former police officer to plot the murders of his wife and two children in a frenzied stabbing attack at their family home.

The man in his 40s, who cannot be named to protect the identities of the victims, has pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to three charges of attempted murder.

This afternoon he was sentenced to life in prison.

Justice Peter Flanagan said there were only two to three precedent cases for life sentences on attempted murder charges in Queensland.

But he said the horrific nature of the man’s attempted killing spree warranted a severe sentence.

“All three victims carry with them to this day the terrible scars of that night,” the judge said.

The man was a police officer for 17 years before resigning in 2008.

Photo: Police arrested the man at a home at Carina Brisbane Qld on February 2, 2014. (ABC TV)

He will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Previously, the court heard harrowing details of his rampage through the family home on February 2, 2014.

Crown prosecutor Dejana Kovac said the man hatched the plan in response to his wife discovering he had had multiple affairs with prostitutes.

“He was in fact spending money on his sexual activities … and even (pawned his wife’s) engagement ring to fund prostitutes,” Ms Kovac said.

He plotted the murder of his family for about a week beforehand, deciding 6am was the best time to coincide with shift changes at the police station.

He selected two knives from the kitchen and crept into his wife’s bedroom first — because “he knew she would be the hardest person to kill”.

Ms Kovac said he “savagely attacked her”, targeting her thighs and neck “hoping to hit an artery”.

“ … She was defenceless from his brutal attack,” she said.

The man thought he’d done enough to kill her judging by the bloodshed.

The woman’s screams woke their young son, which Ms Kovac said upset the man “because he was hoping he would kill his son while he was asleep”.

He approached the child as he sat with a blanket around him in the living room and stabbed him twice in the neck.

The child replied: “That hurt, don’t do it again”.

By now the couple’s daughter had woken and witnessed the attack on her little brother.

She tried desperately to escape, but her father chased her through the house.

“She fought back, begged him to stop … ,” Ms Kovac said.

The child pleaded: “I thought you loved me” as she suffered up to 40 stab wounds.

The attack came to an end when the man’s wife managed to phone Triple 0.

The family miraculously somehow survived, although they have significant physical and emotional scars.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the man’s wife described her bodily scarring as a “road map” of an attack that could never be erased.

She said she’d continued to have severe nightmares of her daughter pleading with her father not to kill her.

“My children will carry this trauma with them for the rest of their lives, lives that I hope will be long despite the attempted efforts of their father to cut them short,” the statement said.

“My children are now growing up with the stigma, shame and pain of having a parent who tried to murder them.

“The first time (my children) saw me after the crime I was still in hospital. I can never forget the shock and fear on their faces when they saw me … I had tubes and drains coming out of my neck and face, I was weak. “(My children) didn’t know if they could hug me because there wasn’t anywhere that they could see that wasn’t injured.

“My body is littered with scars, I remember counting the number of wounds I had after my stitches were removed. I was chilled by the number: 71.” A number I will never forget. That day was my 911 day.

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Denver Police take girl into custody

An iPhone.

Denver: Police arrested a 12-year-old Colorado girl accused of trying to kill her mother twice by poisoning her with bleach for taking away her iPhone, authorities said.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Commander Heidi Prentup said in a statement that the mother drank the caustic fluid on one of the two attempts, which both happened within a week this month.

On March 2, the girl poured bleach into a breakfast smoothie that she had prepared for her mother, Sheriff Prentup said.

“Mom noticed an odor of bleach in the drink and thought her daughter had cleaned the glass prior to making the beverage and did not rinse all the bleach out,” the police statement said.
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A similiar incident followed four days later.

Sheriff Prentup said the mother reported the girl to police, and that investigators then gathered enough evidence to take her into custody.

The girl was taken to a juvenile detention facility on Friday where is being held pending the filing of charges.

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Profile of wife killer & murderer

Malcolm Webster

The man described as a ‘murderer, fraudster, philanderer and criminal mastermind’ has been found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow.

By Shiona McCallum

19 May 2011 15:10 GMT

Malcolm Webster: Found guilty of murder at the High Court in Glasgow. Pic: © STV

It became the longest murder trial against a single accused in Scottish legal history.

For four months, Malcolm Webster arrived at the High Court in Glasgow accused of murdering his first wife in a deliberate pre planned car crash, and attempting to murder his second by the same method five years later.

On Thursday May 19, he was found guilty.

Dressed in an array of woolly jumpers and chino trousers, portly, chubby-cheeked Webster certainly did not fit the stereotype of a cold-blooded killer.

He looked nothing short of cuddly as he shuffled to court every day and sat quietly reading newspapers as he waited for his case to be called. But inside Lord Bannatyne’s courtroom, his mask was stripped away as prosecutor Derek Ogg QC forensically presented a damning body of evidence against the former nurse.

When Webster finally spoke to the court he insisted “it was not a murder, it was a tragic accident”.

But he has been revealed as a “cold-blooded” and “sadistic” killer, a serial womaniser and a fraudster, who spun a web of lies to his victims.

Perhaps above all else though, Webster was a supremely talented actor. At his wife’s funeral he played the part of a bereaved husband to perfection.

Detectives believe Webster started planning Claire Morris’ murder before their wedding in Aberdeen 18 years ago.

Webster came from a comfortable background in Surrey – the son of a former chief superintendent with, of all things, the Fraud Squad at the Metropolitan Police.

Dorothy Allan, who worked with Webster, spent time with him following Ms Morris’ death.

The mother-of-three spent a weekend on Webster’s yacht “weeks” after Claire Morris died. Webster bought the yacht shortly after he received the insurance money from his wife’s death.

After committing a near-perfect murder in 1994 and getting away with it for 17 years, he embarked on another plot of lies and deceit and began to plan the murder of his second wife.

Felicity Drumm, 50, was travelling in a car with Webster when he claimed there was something wrong with the steering.

He suddenly swerved across two lanes and then drove the car off the road, ending up in a ditch beside some trees. Webster then clutched his chest and said he was having a heart attack in an “Oscar-winning performance”.

He then planned to bigamously marry Simone Banarjee, from Oban, Argyll, to gain access to her estate.

In a web of lies he told her that he was terminally ill with leukaemia when he was actually in good health.

He pretended to be undergoing treatment for leukaemia in London, when he was in fact having a long-distance relationship with American Brenda Grant.

Twist

Webster might still be free today but for the most astonishing twist of this entire tale.

In 2006, while he was faking leukaemia, Felicity Drumm’s Jane was attending a conference in London.

She had a chance conversation with a senior officer from the Metropolitan Police and told him everything. He informed Grampian Police, who flew officers to London to question her.

It was that meeting that led to Webster’s downfall as Grampian Police started a fresh search for evidence.

In Aberdeen, pathologist James Grieve and toxicologist Duncan Stephen examined a tissue sample taken from Claire Morris at her post mortem 14 years earlier.

They devised a new technique, never tried before anywhere in the world – and found possible samples of Temazepam in her liver.

During the course of the investigation into Malcolm Webster a total of 1200 statements were taken. Every person who had a significant role in Malcolm Webster’s life over the past 20 years was tracked down and interviewed.

Witness statements were taken from New Zealand, Australia, Sierra Leone, America, France and Spain. The FBI was drafted in to take statements in the US.

Witnesses were eventually brought from Peru, Yemen, the US, New Zealand, Australia, England and Scotland to the High Court in Glasgow. Four witnesses also gave evidence via video link from New Zealand.

At one point in their preparation for the trial, prosecutor Derek Ogg and his team prepared a whiteboard of ‘Webster’s Women’ the eight women that had been taken in by him at various stages. At some points, the former nurse was seeing three women at once.

Malcolm Webster was granted bail for the duration of the trial because the murder he was alleged to have committed happened 17 years ago but he was subject to very strict bail conditions and was required to check in with police every day. He complied fully with those restrictions.

Sourced from news of Scottland by Henry Sapiecha

ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE IN BLACK MAN STABBING

A 28-year-old Yokine man in Perth WA has been charged with attempted murder after another man who was stabbed repeatedly narrowly escaped death yesterday afternoon.

A 33-year-old man underwent life-saving surgery after his heart had stopped beating and he was revived on the way to hospital. His condition was considered serious but stable.

Police were called to a house on Walga Court, near Yarruk Way in Yokine about 2pm after a fight allegedly broke out between two men of African descent.

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One man was allegedly stabbed and left bleeding on the road, where he was discovered by emergency services.

Network Seven reported the injured man was “declared dead” after his heart stopped beating, and was then revived by paramedics on the way to hospital.

The Yokine man was refused bail and will appear in Perth’s Magistrates Court this morning.


A Melbourne youth church leader who raped a 14-year-old girl, poured petrol on her and set her alight has been jailed for 21 years.


Michael Tuano Hermogenes, 25, plied the girl with alcohol before choking her with one of her stockings, raping her, taking photos of her while she was naked and unconscious, then setting her and her house alight to hide his crimes.

She suffered permanent injuries including burns to half her body, amputation of her right toes and spent almost a year in hospital.

Hermogenes pleaded guilty to charges including arson, attempted murder and rape over the attack at the girl’s home in Melbourne’s west in May last year.

He must serve 16 years before he is eligible for parole.

Hermogenes sat in the dock with his head bowed, hands clasped in a praying position.

He showed little other reaction as the sentence was handed down.

Justice Paul Coghlan said Hermogenes’ crimes involved a breach of trust and was satisfied he took alcohol to the girl’s home so he could take sexual advantage of her.

The judge described his photographing of his victim as “bizarre and disgusting”.

Justice Coghlan said the girl spent almost all of the 15th year of her life in hospital as a result of her horrific injuries.

“She will suffer from them for the rest of her life … and will need daily care,” he said.

The judge accepted Hermogenes was remorseful, but was guarded about his rehabilitation prospects.

He said a “very stern” sentence was necessary to deter others from similar crimes.

The sentence takes into account more than a year Hermogenes has served in pre-sentence custody.

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