Arrest

Former Catholic priest charged over seven historic child sex attacks

A FORMER Catholic priest has been arrested and charged with sexually and indecently assaulting seven teenage boys and young men over the space of two years in Sydney’s northern suburbs.

The 58-year-old is accused of assaulting seven males ranging in age from 14 to 20 at an educational facility in the suburb of Dundas between 1987 and 1989.

His arrest comes after detectives received a referral from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse back in 2014.

The former priest was arrested at his home in New Zealand earlier this year and, following a long extradition process, was returned to Australia today.

He was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with a long list of offences, including sexual assault, indecent assault person under 16 years and five counts of assault and commit act of indecency.

The man was refused bail and will appear at Central Local Court later today.

Police attached to Strike Force Colefax continue to investigate the allegations.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Fire NSW Police Crash

Police working to identify driver killed in NSW crash

POLICE are working to identify a man killed in a single-vehicle crash north of Sydney.

The accident happened in the Yengo National Park at Mellong around 4.35pm AEDT.

Police said a car was travelling along Putty Road when it left the road and struck a tree.

Sadly, there was nothing that paramedics could do to save the driver.

Police confirmed he died at the scene.

Investigators were working to formally identify the man at the time of writing.

A crime scene has been established and will this evening be examined by forensic specialists.

A contraflow is in place to handle traffic at the crash site.

Any witnesses are urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Cancer patients

Victoria passes controversial voluntary euthanasia laws following historic vote

TERMINALLY ill patients suffering intolerable pain will soon be able to end their lives early in Victoria, after the controversial Assisted Dying bill was approved following a historic vote in parliament.

Victoria’s 40-member Upper House passed the voluntary euthanasia laws 22 votes to 18 on Wednesday afternoon following a marathon 28-hour sitting.

It paves the way for the southern state to become the first in Australia to legalise voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill. The bill will now be passed back to the Lower House where it will be ‘rubber stamped’.

The Lower House had voted 47-37 in favour of the bill last month but several amendments were required for the legislation to pass the Upper House.

Once passed, the historic laws will make it legal for doctors to help terminally ill patients with just six months to live to end their lives early from 2019.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott quickly took to Twitter to condemn the bill.

“Dreadful news out of Victoria,” Mr Abbott said.

“Gravely ill people should have their pain relieved, not their lives ended. No one should be made to feel a burden and better off dead.

“Only a morally mixed up society would approve suicide when it’s doctor-assisted and doctors should not be expected to forsake their vocation. This is a bad law and should not stand.”

Ambulance Queensland

Driver airlifted to hospital in critical condition after horror smash in Qld

A MAN has been airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a horror crash in the Scenic Rim.

The 42-year-old was driving along the Cunningham Highway at Aratula during the early hours of Wednesday morning when his car crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with two semi-trailers.

Police said the man was driving south when his car collided with the back of an oncoming semi-trailer before smashing into a second truck, which was travelling behind the first.

The driver of the car was critically wounded and has been airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The drivers of both trucks escaped the collision unharmed.

The Cunningham Highway was blocked and diversions were put in place while the scene was examined and the wreckage was cleared. It has since reopened.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident and is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who may have seen a blue 2003 Holden Commodore, with distinctive purple panelling, travelling along the Cunningham Highway prior to 2.10am, is being urged to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Playground Blurred

Man allegedly seen taking photos of children in NSW school playground

Police are appealing for public assistance following reports a man was photographing students from outside a school in Morisset, NSW.

About 1.30pm yesterday, officers were told a man approached a fence of a school on Doyalson Street and took photos of several students playing.

As a teacher approached the man, he fled towards Dora Street.

Police are now looking to speak with a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

He has been described as being of Indian Sub-Continental appearance, aged in his late 40s to early 50s, wearing a black hat, black t-shirt and white pants.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.