‘Keyed’ cars most common act of vandalism in Qld

Having your car ‘keyed’ or paint scratched was the most common form of car vandalism in Queensland last year, according to RACQ.

Research found nearly one in five Queensland motorists experienced malicious damage to their car.

RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said most acts were random and the offenders rarely identified.

“The most common form of car vandalism is when vehicles are ‘keyed’ or have paint scratched (42 percent), followed by car windscreens and windows being damaged (18.6 percent) and panels kicked in (8.1 percent),” Mr Sopinski said.

“It can be very frustrating for victims of malicious damage as the offenders are often not found.

“Although in some cases, given the nature of damage to the car, it can indicate a personal connection. Jilted ex-lovers or someone holding a vendetta can also be to blame.”

Mr Sopinski said while there were many similar types of vandalism reported, the study found some more bizarre incidents.

“There were some very strange incidents, including sugar being placed in a fuel tank, a car driven down a boat ramp, paint stripper being poured over a car, and even one car being reversed over by a larger vehicle,” he said.

RACQ research identified other malicious damage to cars including:
Tyres slashed (6.2 percent)
Tyres let down (4.2 percent).
Parts stolen, including wheels (4 percent)
Badges stolen (3.4 percent)
Egged (2.8 percent)
Graffiti (1.7 percent)
Set on fire (1.1 percent)

Qld man bitten by snake in bed

A Queensland man has had an unwelcome visitor slither under his bed overnight.

The 69-year-old man was lying in bed when he was bitten on the hand by a snake at Ningi, north of Birsbane late last night.

He was rushed to Caboolture hospital in a stable condition.

The type of snake involved in the incident is currently unknown.

Teen punched unconscious at Fortitude Valley taxi rank

A 19-year-old man has been rushed to hospital with suspected head injuries after being punched unconscious during a fight at a taxi rank in Fortitude Valley this morning.

Police allege an altercation occurred around 2am between two groups of men at an Ann Street taxi rank.

It is believed a 19-year-old man, who was with one of the groups, was assaulted when he attempted to separate the parties.

He was held in a headlock and punched several times in the head by a man, before being punched in the head once by a second man.

The victim lost consciousness and was transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for treatment to head and facial injuries, however he has since been released.

A 21-year-old New Farm man was arrested by police and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court this morning.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

Grandfather dies of heart attack after being told of his family’s deaths

In a heartbreaking turn of events, the grandfather involved in the fatal road crash in India has died, suffering a heart attack after learning his two daughters and three grandchildren were killed in the accident.

Rupendra and Anamika Datta, who own a family restaurant in Adelaide, were reportedly just a few days away from returning to Australia when their hire car flipped.

Ms Datta, her sister and two daughters died instantly, and her teenage son died in hospital.

Her father, NK Paliwal, survived the crash however passed away from a heart attack after learning of the tragedy a few days later.

Mr Datta remains in hospital with a spinal injury.

Woman loses hand in crocodile attack

A woman in her 60’s has lost her hand after being attacked by a crocodile in WA’s far north.

The woman was attacked at Three Mile Creek in Wyndham around 2:30pm Wednesday.

The ABC report she lost her hand and may have suffered an injury to her leg.

She was flown to a Darwin hospital for medical treatment, where she remains in a stable condition.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) are trying to locate the crocodile today. A spokesperson told the ABC the animal will be destroyed.