Police invade ‘cannabisville’
A Sydney suburb has been dubbed “cannabisville” after police found four homes were marijuana hothouses containing vast quantities of the illegal drug. While the homes appeared to be typical suburban residences, police raids found they used false walls and tunnels to hide cannabis plantations. Police seized 1,000 plants worth A$8 million (US$7.5 million) from four houses in Blair Athol.
Service may include sex ed
Authorities worried that high school graduates may not know enough about sex are considering sex education for teenagers when they undergo national service after leaving school, Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil, director general of the National Service Department, said on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of boys and girls around 17 or 18 years old are selected at random each year to participate in the government’s national service training. The Cabinet approved guidelines to teach sex education in schools two years ago, but activists say it has not been implemented.
Victim won't press charges
A mother-in-law who forced her son’s wife to live and even give birth in the family’s pig pen has avoided prosecution because the victim refused to press charges, police said yesterday. Deputy military police chief of Banteay Meanchey Province, Born Arun, said police stumbled on the abuse allegedly endured by Ieng Chan Thorn, 23, when they intervened to stop her husband beating her at a guesthouse after she ran away. “She said her husband frequently beat her with his mother’s blessing and she made Thorn live with the pigs,” he said. “She said her mother-in-law didn’t like her character because she used to be a singer.”■ AUSTRALIA
Robber goes postal
A man politely waited his turn in a line at a busy central Sydney post office before jumping over the counter, grabbing money from two tills and running off, police said on Thursday. Police said the man dropped some of the money and a large knife as he escaped, pursued by post office staff, following the Wednesday afternoon robbery in the heart of Sydney’s central business district. Police are hunting the man, said to be in his 20s.
Two killed in bus fare row
A poor worker and his four-year-old daughter were crushed to death by a bus after the conductor pushed them off for not having the fare for the journey, police said on Thursday. The bus conductor, who collects the fares, was arrested and charged with unintentional murder, police officer Suresh Mishra said. A conviction would carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Sanschar Toppo, 40, was 10 rupees (US$0.25) short of the fare when he got on the bus with his daughter. He got into an argument with the conductor, which escalated until Toppo and the girl were pushed out of the moving bus, Mishra said. After the incident on Wednesday, angry passengers set the bus on fire near Jharsuguda, a village about 380km west of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of eastern Orissa state, Mishra said.
Man seeks fourth wife
A man with three wives and 18 children has asked an Islamic court to let him marry again — with the blessing of all his spouses. Mohamed Nor Awang, aged 51, filed a petition to take another wife in the Shariah High Court in eastern Terengganu state, a court employee said yesterday. His three wives told the court on Thursday they support Mohamed Nor’s decision, the court worker said on condition of anonymity, citing protocol. Mohamed Nor’s first wife, Wan Rukiah Mat Yusof, aged 52, was quoted by the Star newspaper saying he could “go ahead, I have no problems.” “We all could live blissfully under one roof,” his third wife, 40-year-old Noraini Daud, was reported as saying by the Star. Judge Sheikh Ahmad Ismail Hakim told Mohamed Nor to return to court tomorrow with a bank statement to show he can support another spouse, the court worker said. He is also expected to bring his prospective fourth wife, who is 35 years old. Mohamed Nor said he was a menial worker who earns about 1,500 ringgit (US$460) a month, the court employee said. The Shariah Court makes rulings on personal, family and religious issues for Muslims, who comprise nearly 60 percent of the country’s 27 million people.