Murderer receives 35 years
A man who stabbed a couple and their 16-year-old daughter more than 100 times in a frenzied attack after he became sexually obsessed with the girl was yesterday jailed for 35 years. Jason Alexander Downie pleaded guilty to murdering Rosemary and Andrew Rowe and their daughter, Chantelle, after entering their home in Kapunda in November 2010. Downie, 18 at the time of the murders, knew Chantelle from school and had become increasingly obsessed with the teen. After entering the house, he stabbed Andrew Rowe at least 29 times and his wife about 50 times. Chantelle Rowe was stabbed 35 times and raped.
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No injuries from quake
A strong earthquake struck yesterday about 140km north of the city of Lae, but was felt as far away as the capital, Port Moresby. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami alert has been issued. The US Geological Survey says the magnitude 7 quake struck at a depth of 200km.
Quake kills one
A powerful magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck near the eastern port of Valparaiso early yesterday, shaking buildings as far away as the capital, Santiago, but there were no reports of significant damage and the country’s main copper mines were unaffected. One elderly man died as a result of a heart attack brought on by the quake, which struck 42km north-northeast of Valparaiso, and 112km northwest of Santiago. There were no other reports of injuries.
Rhinos get harder to hunt
The government has tightened rules on rhino hunts and will use microchips and DNA profiling to counter a poaching bloodbath that has killed 171 animals this year, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. said on Monday. New rules now allow hunters to kill only one white rhino in a year and officials must consider whether an applicant’s home country has enough legislation to counter illicit trophy trade. Would-be hunters must now belong to a recognized hunting association in their home country and supply a hunting curriculum vitae and a copy of their passport. Any trophy must be microchipped by an official who will keep a sample of the horn.
Cop’s parents targeted
A bomb was found under the car of a policeman’s parents in Northern Ireland on Sunday night and disarmed by army officers, law enforcement sources said on Monday, the latest in a spate of attempted attacks on Catholic officers and their families. The couple, who live in a Catholic area of Londonderry, suffered a similar attempted attack in 2009. Nationalist paramilitaries opposed to a 1998 peace deal with Britain have targeted Catholic police who after a recruitment drive make up 30 percent of the force in a province where police were once predominantly Protestant.
Pig cell plan for Parkinson’s
A company plans to implant pig cells in the human brain in a clinical trial to treat Parkinson’s disease and help improve movement and brain functions in patients. The clinical trials, planned for next year, would be the first using pig brain cells for potential treatment in humans. Living Cell Technologies plans to apply to authorities early next month and, if approval is granted, to start Phase I trials by the end of the March quarter next year.
Drowsy pilot panics plane
A pilot drowsy after a mid-flight nap sent a plane plunging over the mid-Atlantic after mistakenly fearing a mid-air collision, injuring 16 passengers, an investigation found. The Air Canada pilot was apparently suffering from “sleep inertia” — the stupor that follows a long nap — when he sent the plane plunging about 125m in 46 seconds, throwing those not wearing safety belts out of their seats. The co-pilot quickly recovered and the plane completed its route from Toronto to Zurich, where seven passengers were sent to hospital for further treatment. “Under the effects of sleep inertia, the [first officer] was likely confused and disoriented, and perceived the aircraft on an imminent collision course,” according to a report by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, based on an investigation of the incident on Jan. 14 last year.