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Boy, 14, charged with threatening to kill worshippers at Australian mosque

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with making threats to kill worshippers at a mosque in Victoria, two days after the terror attack in New Zealand.

The young teen was arrested and charged by Counter-terrorism investigators and local police on Thursday after allegedly using social media to post threats directed at a mosque in Manifold Heights, Geelong.

It’s alleged the boy made threats to kill, caused a false report to be made and used a telecommunications network with the intention to commit a serious crime.

In a chilling post on social media on Sunday, two days after 50 Muslims were shot dead and another 50 were wounded in Christchurch, the 14-year-old boy allegedly threatened to replicate the massacre in Australia.

“Yes I am a copy cat,” the post read.

“I will be visting (sic) this mosque and kill as many invaders as i can in the time i get. I will then shoot myself in front of police.”

The text was accompanied by a photo of an Australian flag, camouflage gear and a piece of paper marking the date as March 17, 2019, according to the Australian Associated Press who claims to have seen the posts.

It’s understood a member of the public saw the posts and immediately reported them to police.

In a statement, Victoria Police said the posts were “concerning”.

The boy was arrested by officers from the state’s Counter Terrorism Command and the Geelong Crime Investigation Unit and charged with a long list of offences, including using a carriage service to menace and make a threat to kill.

The youth, from suburban Geelong, was released on bail by police and is due to appear in a Children’s Court at a later date.


Melbourne wife killer Ristevski confesses

In the weeks after Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski disappeared, her husband Borce Ristevski appeared distraught.

He said she went for a walk from their Avondale Heights home and never returned.

In a tearful public appeal for information, Ristevski stood beside his daughter Sarah, who held a photo of her missing mother. And he carried her coffin at her funeral.

But all along Ristevski, 54, was feigning innocence. He killed his wife.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, more than two years after the killing.

The admission came on the eve of a scheduled murder trial and the day before Ristevski’s 55th birthday.

It was sparked by Justice Christopher Beale’s ruling in relation to Ristevski’s actions after his wife’s death being used as evidence.

“Whilst the post-offence conduct can be relied on as evidence that he killed his wife, it cannot be relied on to prove murderous intent,” the judge said.

With that, prosecutors filed a new indictment with the lesser charge of manslaughter, which Ristevski admitted, scuttling a high-profile trial.

In previous hearings, prosecutors pushed hard for a murder trial. They said Ristevski’s deceitful behaviours after the killing gave rise to the required intent.

“The accused deliberately excluded and withheld information and fabricated certain facts to distance himself from the crime,” prosecutor Matt Fisher told a committal hearing in 2018.

Ms Ristevski, 47, went missing on June 29, 2016.

Eight months later, her skeletal remains were found wedged between logs in Macedon Regional Park by a pair of horticulturalists.

An autopsy could not ascertain her cause of death.

Ristevski was charged in December 2017 after a lengthy investigation that involved listening devices and CCTV footage analysis.

He allegedly killed his wife at home and took her Mercedes-Benz roadster to dispose of the body in bushland, killing the signal of his phone on the way.

The Ristevskis were in a difficult financial situation at the time and would sometimes argue about money and business, witnesses have said.

Their fashion store Bella Bleu had been losing money over a four-year period and they had mounting credit card debts.

But their daughter Sarah said her parents did not argue often, and that her father was a “calming influence” and never aggressive.

“Mum would get annoyed. She had the same personality as me,” she said in her tearful pre-trial testimony in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

“And dad was always the calm one. He would calm us down.”

Ristevski is due to face a pre-sentence hearing on March 27.

© AAP 2019


Toddler perishes in house fire

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy has tragically perished in a house fire in southeast Victoria.

The home went up in flames on the Great Ocean Road at Nullawarre, near Timboon, on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called to the property about 250km west of Melbourne just after 9am.

Five people – two men, a woman and two children – were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Sadly, a two-year-old boy who remained unaccounted for was found dead inside the home.

The three adults and two children taken to hospital with smoke inhalation have since been released.

It is not yet known what sparked the blaze.

In a statement, Victoria Police said an arson chemist was attending the scene to establish the cause.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and will prepare a report for the Coroner.

UPDATE | Hikers missing in Victoria’s alpine region found ‘safe and well’

UPDATE @ March 12 2019 11.30am | RELIEF for the family of a couple who have been missing in Victoria’s alpine region for four nights, after they were found safe and well.

Trevor Salvado, 60, and Jacinta Bohan, 58, were supposed to return from a hike at Mount Buffalo about midday on Friday, but never came back.

Their disappearance sparked a major search, before they were miraculously found by a kayaker at Buffalo River on Tuesday morning.

They have been taken to hospital for observation.

EARLIER @ March 12 2019 7.30am | THE FAMILY of a couple who have been missing in Victoria’s alpine region for four days, aren’t giving up hope they will be found.

Trevor Salvado, 60, and Jacinta Bohan, 58, disappeared at Mount Buffalo on Friday, ahead of an annual long weekend getaway with friends.

The Essendon couple were expected back from a bushwalk at Reservoir Track about midday, but didn’t return.

They were last seen at a caravan park in Bright and their Skoda car has since been found.

The search effort doubled in size on Monday, with more than 100 search and rescue personnel working in a 500-metre radius of where the vehicle was found.

That search area is expected to grow today, to include off-shoots of the path the couple are believed to have taken.

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P-plate driver ejected through passenger window in horror crash

A YOUNG man is fighting for life in hospital following a horror crash in Melbourne.

The 19-year-old P-plater allegedly lost control of a Mitsubishi Triton ute and flipped it on the Hume Freeway at Thomastown, in the city’s north on Friday night.

Victoria Police said the vehicle rolled a number of times before coming to rest about 8.20pm.

The 19-year-old driver was ejected from the vehicle and sustained life-threatening injuries.

It’s understood the young man from Wandong was ejected through the passenger window.

He was rushed to hospital for treatment where he remained on Sunday morning, fighting for life.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.