Priest accused of child sex abuse found dead

A CATHOLIC priest investigated over child sex abuse allegations has been found dead in Western Australia.

Father Joseph Tran was found dead on Thursday after WA Police began investigating the claims against him.

It’s understood the priest was being investigated over allegations he sexually abused a young teenage girl.

The priest was informed of the allegations before his sudden death, the Australian Associated Press reported.

“Police commenced an investigation relating to an allegation of child sexual abuse by a priest from a Catholic Church located in the southern suburbs,” a WA police spokesman said.

“During the investigation (on Thursday) the priest was located deceased.”

In a statement on Saturday, the Catholic Archbishop of Perth said the news was “heartbreaking”.

“This news is heartbreaking for everyone involved,” Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said.

“The young girl who with her family found the courage to go to the police must be supported in every way, and the Archdiocese stands ready to help in whatever way we can.”

The archbishop said the priest’s family will be “devastated” by his death and “horrified by the circumstances”.

WA Police confirmed the priest’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14
| visit website
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
| visit website
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
| visit website
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
| visit website

Police

Woman run over and killed by truck, moments after being hit by car

A WOMAN has been run over and killed by a truck just moments after being run over by a car on a highway in Western Australia.

The woman, believed to be aged in her 20s, was reportedly laying across the road at the intersection of Hannan Street and the Goldfields Highway in Kalgoorlie when tragedy struck just before 10pm on Wednesday.

WA Police said a beige Ford Falcon sedan travelling along the highway first struck the woman about 9.50pm.

The driver of the Ford immediately stopped to help the woman but before he could, she was run over by a blue Mack truck towing a trailer, police said.

Sadly, the young woman sustained life-threatening injuries and could not be saved.

Police confirmed the woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Both drivers are assisting police with their inquiries.

Major crash investigators are urging anyone who witnessed the crash, the woman or either vehicles prior to the incident to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police Tape

Child killed in crash with stolen car

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy has tragically died after he and seven other members of his family were seriously injured in a horror crash involving a stolen car in Perth.

It happened at the intersection of Leach Highway and Bungaree Road in the suburb of Wilson on December 29.

Police said a Hyundai Van with eight people inside was stopped at a red light when a stolen Toyota Hilux ute smashed into the back of it at high speed.

The impact was so great, the Hyundai was propelled forward and smashed into the back of a stationary Woolworth’s truck, police said.

The van became wedged under the semi-trailer. It’s eight occupants – six adults and two children all from the same family – were all seriously injured.

Sadly, one of the children, a five-year-old boy, has since succumbed to his injuries and passed away in hospital, WA Police confirmed.

The driver of the stolen Toyota Hilux, a 34-year-old man, was arrested a short time later after allegedly fleeing the scene and jumping on a bus.

He was initially charged with two counts of of failing to stop after an accident causing bodily harm and two counts of failing to render assistance.

In a statement on Wednesday, however, WA Police confirmed that the man had been charged with an additional 21 offences, including five counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

The man was also charged with four extra counts of failing to report an incident occasioning death or grievous bodily harm.

He is due to appear in court on February 21.

Crime Scene Tape

Woman shot dead in suspected murder-suicide attempt

A WOMAN aged in her 50s has been shot dead in front of her elderly mother in a suspected attempted murder-suicide at a house in Perth.

Police were called to the woman’s home on Scouler Way in the suburb of Bateman just before 7pm on Friday after neighbours reported hearing gunshots.

Officers arrived to find the woman deceased and a man aged in his 60s, believed to be her former husband, seriously injured outside the home.

It’s alleged the man shot his ex-wife twice before shooting himself in the head.

He survived, however, and was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital with critical head injuries. He remains there this evening, under police guard.

It’s understood the deceased woman’s elderly mother was visiting from overseas and witnessed the horrific incident.

Kenneth Cheok was walking past the Scouler Way home at the time and called police after being waved down by the deceased woman’s frantic mother.

Speaking to 10 News First, Mr Cheok said he saw the elderly woman’s adult daughter “lying in a pool of blood”.

“When I looked at her, she wasn’t breathing at all … it looked like she was dead,” Mr Cheok said.

“I looked closer at the man and he had shot himself in the head I think … there was a big hole in his head.”

The Scouler Way home was declared a crime scene and a firearm was seized from the property.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast