Boys accidentally unloaded into garbage truck while hiding in dumpster

TWO young boys have had an extremely lucky escape after a shopping centre dumpster they were hiding in was unloaded into a garbage truck.

The pair, aged 11 and 14, were allegedly hiding from security at a centre in Broadmeadows, Melbourne, when they hopped into a dumpster around 4am this morning.

To their surprise, a waste collection truck came to do its morning pick-up, and unloaded the rubbish, including the two boys, into the truck.

Ironically, the truck then drove to a nearby police station for its next waste collection when the driver thankfully heard the boys screaming for help from the back of the truck.

Police said in a statement that they removed the pair, who were known to them, out of the vehicle.

It’s understood they suffered minor injuries in the ordeal and were assessed at the scene by paramedics.

No further police action was taken.

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Melbourne comedian’s killer jailed for life

The man who raped and murdered Melbourne comedian, Eurydice Dixon, has been sentenced to life in jail.

Jaymes Todd received a minimum non-parole of 35 years, after carrying out an ‘evil’ attack at a park in Melbourne in June last year.

The court heard that Todd stalked 22-year-old Ms Dixon for at least an hour before attacking her in Princes Park.

It’s understood she was returning home from a comedy gig at the time.

After the murder, the 19-year-old attacker then bought a pie and a coffee and returned to the crime scene, before googling rape and pornography.

He also looked up information about his victim.

Todd was diagnosed with sexual sadism disorder while in custody, and that he had fantasised about violent rape that resulted in murder.

Justice Stephen Kaye said Ms Dixon was vulnerable and defenceless when she was raped and killed.

“Your actions in doing so were pure and unmitigated evil.” Justice Kaye said during sentencing this morning.

“You knew what you were doing was wrong, well understanding the effects of choking a female victim.”

Woman killed by falling tree while on morning walk

A WOMAN has tragically died after being struck by a falling tree in Melbourne.

It’s understood the woman, aged in her 30s, was walking along a footpath in Parkville’s popular Princes Park, when she was crushed by the century-old tree.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene around 8.30am and treated the woman for critical injuries.

She was then taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where she passed away a short time later.

Photos posted to social media show the tree uprooted and lying on the footpath.

Investigations are ongoing.

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Pregnant, missing, presumed dead in Vic

Karen Fraser lost a daughter and unborn grandchild when intellectually-impaired Krystal vanished, likely murdered, in Victoria a decade ago.

As police announced a $1 million reward for information about what happened to the 23-year-old, a tearful Ms Fraser on Wednesday told the guilty party to “grow a conscience”.

“She was our daughter, she had a brother and sister and grandmother,” she told reporters at a police press conference before directly addressing her killer.

“You took all that away from us and we don’t know what happened. Grow a conscience.”

Krystal was just a couple of days away from giving birth when she disappeared from Pyramid Hill, in the state’s central north, on June 20, 2009.

Missing Persons Squad Detective acting Inspector Julian Horan said new information received earlier this year had sparked fresh lines of inquiry into a person previously questioned over Krystal’s disappearance.

“The information is promising, however sadly leads us to look at the possibility that Krystal met with foul play because of the intimate relationship she shared with a man,” the detective said.

“This relationship and the subsequent pregnancy may have caused a confrontation between Krystal and this man leading to her disappearance and death.”

“It is monstrous, it is despicable, and whoever did this has the most selfish of motivations to look after themselves.”

Investigators say Ms Fraser received a 40-second phone call on her mobile from a public phone at 11.59pm on the day she vanished.

Krystal received a 15 calls from the same public phone between May 2009 and the day she went missing.

Almost three hours later her phone was pinged by a tower in Leitchville, 27km from Pyramid Hill and 10 minutes from Cohuna.

The proximity to Cohuna is important because Ms Fraser told several people she planned to attend a party there.

“I believe this caller holds the answers to what happened to Krystal and may be the father of Krystal’s unborn child,” Det Insp Horan said.

“Investigators strongly believe that the caller was the last person to speak to Krystal prior to her disappearance.”

Police have not found Ms Fraser’s mobile phone.

Det Insp Horan hopes the increased reward, formerly $100,000, will encourage someone to come forward.

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Child mauled on face by family dog

AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy is recovering in hospital after being attacked by the family’s pet dog in Melbourne’s north-west.

The child was mauled by a doberman-cross in the backyard of his home at Cairnlea on Saturday, The Age reported.

Paramedics were called to the Spearfelt Court property at 3.20pm and found the boy with serious facial injuries.

The 11-year-old was taken to The Royal Children’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The dog, which was not registered, was secured in the backyard before being removed by local rangers, police said.

The animal has since been euthanised.

Brimbank Council’s city development director Kelvin Walsh told The Age it was a “tragic” incident.

“In a tragic backyard attack, an 11-year-old child was mauled on the face by a family doberman,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the injured child and we wish the child a speedy recovery.”

Council and Victoria Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

It comes just three days after Leo Biancofiore, 61, was mauled to death by his son’s pet American Staffordshire Terrier at his home in Mill Park, in the city’s north-east.

His wife, 58-year-old Donita, was also attacked while trying to help her husband and suffered serious injuries.

The dog was later euthanised.