Falling sheep cause havoc
Sheep fell onto cars on Thursday on a busy Melbourne highway after a livestock truck crashed, spilling its cargo into the path of terrified motorists below. The accident saw dead and injured animals fall onto at least two moving cars and into the paths of others. “There was nothing we could do. They were, like, literally on top of us,” one woman whose car was hit told the Melbourne Age newspaper. Police said the crashed truck had rolled over on a bend and there appeared to be no other vehicles involved.
Woman admits grisly act
A woman yesterday pleaded guilty to killing her former lover in Sydney by sedating him and then stabbing him and attempting to cut off his penis. Jian Chen, 47, was originally charged with murder but the New South Wales Supreme Court accepted her guilty plea to the less serious offence of manslaughter. Australian media reported that the man, Xian Peng, 48, returned to Australia from China last year in February with his new girlfriend. Police said Jian used pills to sedate Xian at her home and then stabbed him a number of times in the neck and groin, before hacking at his penis.
Suspect flees on cop’s bike
A suspected car thief was cornered by police but managed to escape — by riding off on one of their motorcycles, a report said yesterday. Police stopped the man in the northern state of Penang as he drove a BMW believed to have been stolen, the New Straits Times reported. Police asked him to step out of the car, but while they were inspecting the vehicle, he jumped on a police motorcycle and escaped.
President cuts costs
President Francois Hollande is shrinking his security team and naming a woman to lead it for the first time. Hollande campaigned on promises to trim the deficit and be a more “normal” leader than his predecessor. The new government’s first move was to trim members’ salaries and Hollande took a train to his first EU summit instead of a plane. Now Hollande’s office says he is reorganizing the elite presidential security team, including a reduction in staff from 93 to less than 60. He named Sophie Hatt to lead the team, the first woman in the post.
Fire-bombing ‘lover’ jailed
A court has jailed for nine years an Australian who fire-bombed the family home of a woman he was obsessed with, after trying to hire a hitman to kill her father. Shumsheer Singh Ghumman had offered to pay an alleged gangster to murder the father of Hannah Rhind, but when the “hitman” pulled out, Ghumman threw gasoline bombs at their home in a Cape Town suburb. Ghumman, who has appealed the sentence imposed on Thursday, was convicted earlier this year on charges of fraud, incitement to commit murder, attempted murder and malicious damage. Described by the British press as a former high-flying City of London fund manager, Ghumman met Rhind in London in 2009, but she later accused him of stalking her and he was convicted by a British court of harassment that year.
Family gets cash in walls
A Court of Appeals ruled that a man’s heirs are entitled to US$500,000 in cash that was found in the walls of his former home years after he died. The ruling on Thursday upholds a judge’s decision that the money, stashed in ammunition cans inside the walls, belongs to Robert Spann’s estate. Spann died in 2001. According to the ruling, his daughters found stocks, bonds, cash and gold hidden in his suburban Phoenix home before they sold it seven years later. The couple who bought the home in Paradise Valley claimed the cash after a worker found it in the walls during kitchen and bathroom remodeling. The court said that legally, the money was only mislaid, not abandoned, so it still belonged to Spann’s estate.