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10 May 2018 4:41 AM Aquanita inquiry: Smerdon, Nelligans given life bans from racing

The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board handed out some of the harshest penalties ever issued in Australian racing history when the eight employees of Aquanita were sentenced on Thursday. Robert Smerdon and his long-time assistant and stable employee Greg Nelligan were given life bans. Stuart Webb was given a four-year ban while Tony Vasil received 11

8 May 2018 1:31 AM Eight found guilty for involvement in Aquanita scandal

Some of Australia’s best-known horse trainers face career-ending terms of disqualification after the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board found all eight of them guilty for their involvement in one of Australia’s greatest racing scandals. Robert Smerdon, Greg Nelligan, Denise Nelligan, Tony Vasil, Stuart Webb, Danny Garland, Trent Pennuto and Liam Birchley 14

11 February 2018 9:56 AM UFC 221: Brisbane fighters Brown and Nguyen fail to fire in Perth

It has been a fruitless morning for Brisbane fighters at UFC 221 in Perth, with both flyweight Ben Nguyen and featherweight Damien Brown losing their fights. It was a particularly bad morning for Nguyen, who was choked unconscious in the third round by Brazillian jiu jitsu ace Jussier Formiga. In a back-and-forth affair, Formiga likely won the first 42

9 February 2018 6:29 AM Hoon driver found guilty over fiery EJ Whitten Bridge crash deaths

A hoon driver has been found guilty of causing the deaths of two teenagers in a fiery, high-speed crash off the EJ Whitten Bridge. It took two trials for a jury to reach a verdict in the case against Adem Arpaci. After a hung jury in the first trial in October last year, the jury in the new trial found on Friday that the 23-year-old was guilty of culpable 19

8 February 2018 8:40 AM Big four banks won't enforce gag orders in royal commission

The major banks have promised not to enforce confidentiality agreements that were threatening to stop victims or whistleblowers from giving evidence to the royal commission into industry misconduct. Investigative journalist Adele Ferguson reflects on the long journey to the announcement of a royal commission, and whether it will make a difference 27

7 February 2018 1:54 AM Murderer loses appeal against conviction over Kiwi chef's death

A murderer who yelled "Die, c---! Die c--- sucker!" as he choked his apparently random victim to death in an unprovoked attack in Cairns has had his appeal against his conviction rejected. Lawyers for Jake Desmond Livingstone pointed out the trial jury was told, through a damning recording of a phone conversation Livingstone had with a friend, that the then- 20

5 February 2018 12:42 PM Australian singer Kirin J Callinan charged over red carpet flash

Australian singer and songwriter Kirin J Callinan is set to face court after being charged over an incident on the ARIA red carpet last year. Attending the ARIA Music Awards in November 2017, the former Mercy Arms front man wore a kilt, cowboy hat and boots on the red carpet outside The Star in Sydney. As he walked the carpet, he turned to face photographers 22

2 February 2018 3:16 AM WA family wins case against PMH after daughter left brain damaged

The family of a WA girl who was left brain damaged while receiving burns treatment could receive millions of dollars after successfully suing the state health service. Sunday Mabior was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital with scald injuries on December 9, 2005 and two days later was in the intensive care unit, where she suffered lung failure and two heart 24

29 January 2018 8:48 PM Serial stowaway nabbed at US airport again

Marilyn Hartman, of Grayslake, was taken into custody early on Sunday and charged with misdemeanour trespassing on state land and violating the conditions of her bail bond that were set last week by the judge who warned her to stay away from airports. Police say they were responding to a call of someone refusing to leave the airport when they spotted 41

23 January 2018 1:39 PM Bali drug accused too ill to stand trial, court told

Bali: An Australian man accused of bringing drugs into Bali is unfit to stand trial due to his rapidly deteriorating mental health, an Indonesian court has heard. Joshua James Baker could be jailed for up to 15 years for allegedly bringing a mixture of marijuana, tobacco and prescription-only drugs into Bali. Under Indonesia's strict anti-drug laws, Baker 35