Police

Man charged with murder after body of heavily pregnant woman found in car boot

A man’s been charged with the murder of his pregnant partner, after her body was found stuffed in a car boot in Ipswich earlier this week.

The body of 31-year-old Kardell Lomas was found in the boot of a car, in the backyard of a Raceview home on Tuesday, December 10.

She was 24-weeks pregnant.

Police arrested a 36-year-old Raceview man on the night, and established a crime scene at the property.

He’s since been charged with murder, unlawful assault of a pregnant woman and misconduct with a corpse.

He’s due to front court in Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

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Jewellery shop worker ‘pistol whipped’ in violent Gold Coast armed robbery

A female worker has been hit across the face with a gun in a terrifying armed robbery at a jewellery store on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

Two men armed with a gun and hammer smashed their way into the store at Ashmore Plaza on Cotlew Street just before 3.00pm.

One man entered the store and made demands for jewellery, while the second man held people outside at gunpoint.

A Queensland Police spokesperson confirmed to myGC that the female worker was slapped across the face with the butt of the firearm by the first man.

She sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

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The pair, who were wearing masks and dark clothing, stole a quantity of jewellery from the shop.

They then fled the scene in a blue commodore, driven by a third man, which was later found abandoned nearby.

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The three men remain on the run.

Members of the public are being urged not to approach the men if they see them, and call police immediately.

Police investigations are continuing.

Roxette singer Marie Frederiksson dies

Swedish singer Marie Frederiksson, the female half of the top-selling duo Roxette, has died aged 61, her manager says.

Frederiksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The two released their first album the same year and went on to achieve international success in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Frederiksson has had a long battle with cancer beginning in 2002, when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

She died on Monday after a 17-year battle with cancer, manager Marie Dimberg said in a statement on Tuesday.

Roxette’s debut single Neverending Love scored success in Sweden in 1986 and three years later, the duo made their mark internationally with the single The Look from their second album Look Sharp!

It was their first No.1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Others included Listen To Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love, and Joyride.

Roxette racked up sales of more than 80 million records and made several world tours, where Fredriksson’s unique stage presence was lauded.

After initially successfully battling the tumour, undergoing radiation treatment, she continued to have health problems. In 2016, she was advised to quit touring.

“Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything. You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer,” Gessle said after the news broke.

“Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful colours. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years,” he added.

In addition to her work with Roxette, Frederiksson also had a successful solo carrier with a number of hits in her native Sweden.

She released her last solo album NU in 2013 with material in Swedish. It was produced by her husband Mikael Bolyos, whom she married in 1994. They have two children, Josefin and Oscar.

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Summer of sport

WATCH: Gold Coast gears up for huge summer of sport

The Gold Coast is in for a massive summer of sport, with a number of high-profile events set to hit the glitter strip over the next few weeks and months.

Athletes and representatives from the Magic Millions, PGA Championship, Brisbane Heat and AFLW came together in Surfers Paradise today ahead of taking part in some of Australia’s biggest sporting events right here on the Gold Coast.

Golfer Cade McBride, who is set to play in the upcoming Australian PGA Championships, told myGC he will be enjoying as much sport as he can on the GC this summer.

“I love my AFL and love my cricket, so its going to be nice to wrap up the year here at home and get out to Metricon to watch a bit of cricket and watch the girls play AFL,” he said.

Polo player Rob Archibald said Magic Millions will be even bigger in 2020.

“There’s so much to look forward to. We’ve got a star-studded lineup for the Polo, including ex rugby league players and Zara Phillips. I hope everyone comes down and enjoys the spectacle,” he said.

See our interviews with the athletes and find out more about the Gold Coast’s Summer of Sport in the video below:

 

 

Mother and Baby

Baby teething gel recalled over potential contamination

A batch of Brauer baby and child teething gel has been recalled around the country over potential microbial contamination.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alerted parents to the recall in a notice on their website.

“The recall is due to microbial contamination (Burkholderia spp) found through testing samples of this batch (809057).”

“Burkholderia may cause illness in babies and small children, healthy people and people with compromised immune systems.

“The initial symptoms of Burkholderia infection may be a low-grade fever, potentially progressing to much more serious conditions, including pneumonia and other lung disorders.”

The 20g tube, which is a natural medicine used to reduce the discomfort caused by teething in babies, has been available for sale at Pharmacies, Chemists and Health Food Stores in NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia as well as online between 24 October 2018 – 29 November 2019.

The affected batch (809057) has an expiry date of September 2020.

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Anyone who uses the Brauer Teething Gel is being urged to check the batch number on the packaging.

“If it is from batch 809057 immediately stop using the product and return it to the place of purchase or contact Brauer Customer Service to arrange product return and a refund,” the recall notice reads.

“In infants who have been treated with the affected gel be alert to the potential signs of Burkholderia infection such as low-grade fever. Seek immediate medical advice if you suspect infection.”