A lawyer for Canberra man Josaia Vosikata (right), who murdered his ex-girlfriend Daniela D'Addario (right and left) in April 2015, said his client should not receive a life sentence because 'he's no Ivan Milat.' Vosikata, 29, appeared at the ACT Supreme Court on Tuesday for his sentencing hearing after pleading guilty earlier this year to strangling his 35-year-old girlfriend of three months before having sex with her corpse. Although the prosecutor is pushing for a life sentence, Vosikata's lawyer, Paul Edmonds, said he doesn't deserve the punishment because it 'is not the worst case of murder.'
'Stay-at-home' parents vent their fury after preschool sends them a letter insisting they pick their kids up earlier than mums and dads who work - so is it unfair or common sense?
A letter sent home from an Australian preschool telling non-working parents they must pick their kids up earlier than those who work has divided mums and dads. An image of the letter was posted to Facebook this week with the caption: 'What would you do if you were a SAHM (stay-at-home mum) and asked to pick your child up earlier because they didn't have staff, or didn't want to pay overtime to staff? Is this reasonable or discrimination?'
The girls with the pearl earrings: Kate Middleton sees legendary Vermeer painting on visit to Holland
UPDATED Standing in front The Girl With The Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis museum in the Hague this afternoon, the Duchess of Cambridge, 34, looked like a perfect match for the enigmatic figure in Vermeer's masterpiece in a pair of pearl and diamond earrings borrowed from the Queen. Kate is on a day-long visit to The Netherlands - her first official foreign trip without Prince William. But she showed no hint of nerves as she arrived at the museum this afternoon (right) in a pale blue Catherine Walker suit.
This is what happens when you try and go in the 'secret back gate' to Area 51: Two men in camouflage pull out guns on off-road bikers at 'mysterious UFO site'
Armed men in camouflage gear came out of nowhere to stop a pair of adventure bikers who had discovered a secret back gate to the infamous Area 51 in Nevada. The terrified motorcyclists, who had just ridden past a sign which warned 'Use of deadly force authorized' put their hands in the air and must have feared for their lives. Conspiracy theorists believe Area 51 houses secret UFO technology which the government has seized from visiting aliens.
Chilling interview reveals Vincent Stanford felt NO emotion when he grabbed teacher Stephanie Scott, punched and stabbed her to death - after she wished him 'Happy Easter'
NEW Police video shows Vincent Stanford, 25, (left outside court, right during his confession video) explaining in chilling detail the day he murdered Leeton High School teacher Stephanie Scott, 26, (inset) in April 2015 before dumping her body. Standford revealed calmly to police that he felt no emotion on the day he murdered the young woman, other than the urge that he 'had to kill her'. 'I picked her up from behind with my right hand over her mouth and my left hand around her middle, I dragged her into the store, I closed the door behind us, chucked her on the floor and I beat her to death,' Stanford told detectives.
Cleaner Vincent Stanford often lingered in the girls' toilets at school where Stephanie Scott was a teacher during lunch breaks - and fantasised about killing someone when he was just SEVEN years old
Cleaner Vincent Standford (left), 25, confessed to police he had fantasised about killing someone since he was seven-years-old and had no emotion about killing Stephanie Scott (right), 26, last year. Standford pleaded guilty in July to raping and murdering Ms Scott at Leeton High School, NSW, where they both worked and appeared at his Supreme Court sentence hearing on Tuesday. Court documents revealed Standford often lingered in the girls toilets while students were on their lunch break and choked his a teacher when he was 12-years-old.
From a smiling pose to staring eerily into the distance: Chilling selfies taken by Gable Tostee with Warriena Wright show her in the minutes before she plunged to her death off his balcony
Selfies have emerged from the night Warriena Wright met her accused killer Gable Tostee - before she fell to her death from his 14th floor Gold Coast apartment balcony in August 2014. The pair connected on dating app Tinder and photos from their only night together show them seemingly enjoying the evening. Mr Tostee is on trial for Ms Wright's murder.
Meth mother 'sat back and watched her boyfriend and his cousin rape, murder and dismember her 10-year-old daughter - then had sex with him 20 minutes later'
A New Mexico mother did nothing to stop her boyfriend and his cousin from raping and dismembering her daughter on the day after her 10th birthday, even as the girl begged for them to stop, police say. Michelle Martens (inset top) admitted that she silently watched her daughter, Victoria (seen left and right), be killed by Fabian Gonzales and his cousin, Jessica Kelley inset center and bottom), in August. She then allegedly had sex with Gonzales 20 minutes later. The claims emerged across three interviews with police during which Martens told a series of conflicting accounts. Forensic reports said the girl had been dosed with meth, raped, strangled, stabbed and dismembered.
'I can't breathe!' The distressing moment a Bunnings 'shoplifter' pleads with security guards to stop pinning him to the ground just hours before he died
An alleged thief who was tackled by Bunnings security guards 12 hours before he died in hospital told them he could not breathe, shocking footage has revealed. Anthony Georgiou, 31, was leaving a Bunnings Warehouse in Frankston, south of Melbourne, on September 12 when he was pinned down by two guards. Distressing mobile phone footage obtained by A Current Affair shows blood coming out of the father-of-one's mouth as he pleads with security to let him go. Pinned down on his front with his arms twisted behind his back, Mr Georgiou says: 'Somebody help me, please! Get them off me! Help me!' Police arrived and called an ambulance, with paramedics taking Mr Georgiou to hospital in a critical condition. He died 12 hours later and leaves behind a four-year-old daughter.
Not so scary now! 'Killer Clown' armed with a baseball bat gets HEADBUTTED in the face after picking the wrong victim
Ashley Symes, 23, inset top, tried to cash in on the so-called 'killer clown' craze by scaring strangers in dark streets (left) and in an underground car park at the Dockside Outlet Centre, Chatham. But he was left with a bloody nose (inset bottom) when one of his targets turned on him, headbutting him in the face (seen right). It comes as the so-called 'killer clown' prank craze continues to sweep across the UK, with police forces reporting dozens of related incidents in the last 24 hours.
'It's a fire sale... buy one get 2.5 million free!': Social media users mock Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in hilarious memes after company axes the 'explosive' product
News that Samsung has axed its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone due to safety concerns has sparked a wave of hilarious memes on social media. The smartphone has, for many people, become synonymous with setting fire after exploding handsets were reported around the world including in China, South Korea and the U.S. Shane Matthew Neave (left) joked soldiers could use the 'explosive' product in war zones when he said: 'Samsung have announced a new product launch, the Samsung Galaxy 7 grenade.'
You may now swoop the bride! Terrifying moment a magpie tries to attack newlywed couple while they are posing for their wedding photos
Newlyweds Sara and Phillip Maria (left) stopped in Uralla on the Northern Tablelands in NSW last Saturday to take a photo when a group of magpies decided to interrupt the special moment. Several magpies quickly began swooping at the couple as soon as they got out of the car, wedding photographer Karen Parr said. The moment led to an entertaining image of the couple laughing as a magpie swoops them, causing Ms Maria to duck behind her husband, who throws his hands up to protect his head (right).
'You can't say that mate': The Project's Waleed Aly launches scathing takedown of greyhound trainer who says animal welfare is a 'priority' for the industry
Waleed Aly (left) has slammed greyhound trainer Ken Burnett (right) for saying the industry makes animal welfare a priority and cares for dogs. The trainer was speaking to Aly the day New South Wales premier Mike Baird announced he would revers his ban on racing in the state. Aly interrupted Mr Burnett, beginning with: 'Sorry mate, you can't say that... No, a significant proportion of the industry has been doing some horrific things for a long time'.
PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: 'Kate got fat? That's old news!' Barely recognisable Kate Fischer laughs and waves as she emerges from her Melbourne home after James Packer's ex reveals her new life as reclusive Jewish woman T'ziporah Malka
James Packer's ex-fiancée - formerly known as Kate Fischer - was photographed looking hardly recognisable outside her apartment in Toorak, Melbourne on Tuesday after speaking about her weight gain and reclusive life. The 42-year-old retired model previously lived a glamourous life in Sydney before moving to Los Angeles after her break-up in the late 90s - but today works as a part-time therapist and has changed her name to T'ziporah Malka bat Israel. In photographs obtained exclusively by Daily Mail Australia, the former TV and film star is seen leaving her home without make-up and wearing baggy black clothes, before enthusiastically waving and smiling for the camera.
EXCLUSIVE: Money trouble? Kanye West took out a massive $2million line of credit against his New York apartment just months before Kim Kardashian was robbed of $5.6million worth of jewellery
Kanye West took out the large equity line of credit on his New York City apartment, according to records filed on September 27. JP Morgan granted the line of credit to him on July 12. The agreement states that the bank will make advances to Kanye in a principal amount not exceeding $2million. Kanye has until 2036 to pay back the funds. The line of credit was taken out just months before Kanye purchased Kim a 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz emerald cut diamond engagement ring worth $4million, which was stolen during the robbery last month along with another case of jewelry. Insurance documents state that the 13 items taken during the incident are worth approximately $5.6million.
'That place is just torture': New Zealand's shocking prison fight club where inmates are forced to fight tattooed gang members - and it all happens in full view of guards
Vicious fights held weekly at a New Zealand prison by an organised prison fight club lasted for 15 to 50 minutes and involved a number of rounds, an official inquiry found. The brutal fights held between inmates and organised by senior gang members were brought to an end after footage emerged online last year. The inquiry revealed inmates were 'threatened' or 'pack attacked' by prisoners if they refused to take part.
Rod's royal day out! Stewart, 71, joins glamorous wife Penny Lancaster, 45, for night out with the Queen... hours after receiving Knighthood from Prince William
Just hours previously, he joyously received a Knighthood from Prince William for his services to music and charity. Yet Rod Stewart's royal fun did not end there as he joined his wife Penny Lancaster for a night out at the Royal Academy of Arts on Tuesday while attending the same awards ceremony as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. The 71-year-old rocker shed the tartan trousers he wore earlier in the day at Buckingham Palace (inset) as he sported a slick black suit while Penny, 45, got racy in a leopard print mini dress and fur stole.
'Bride' who was filmed letting men grope her breasts is revealed to be a Thai transsexual cabaret act and charged with indecency
The transsexual performer, Miss Bee, was fined by a court in Pattaya, Thailand for allowing a large group of Chinese holiday makers to grope her breasts in a nightclub on the popular tourist island.
It's a gangster's paradise! Gangland figure Mick Gatto puts $3.8MILLION five-bedroom house on the market - fitted out with a state-of-the-art security system
Underworld figure, Mick Gatto (inset), is expected to make a hefty profit from the sale of his mansion (top left) in the exclusive precinct of Lower Plenty, just outside of Melbourne, after he purchased it for $2.1 million in 2005. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home boasts a billiard table (bottom left), swimming pool (bottom right) formal lounge areas (top right) as well as a large gymnasium.
Four-year-old girl who went to the doctors complaining of an itch has 80 MAGGOTS removed from her ear
Radhika Mandloi (left), from central India, started to suffer extreme pain and itching in her left ear last week. Her parents initially dismissed her discomfort, but when she began crying continuously they took her to hospital. Doctors were shocked to find a blow fly - attracted to bad smells - inside her ear which had laid around 80 larva (inset). Radhika had two sittings (right) to remove the insects. Both operations, which lasted for 90 minutes each, involved killing the maggots while they were in her ear.
Mysterious genetic disease that causes sufferers to swell to double their size at random - but doctors have no idea why
A rare genetic disorder causes sufferers to swell as if they are having an allergic reaction - but it happens at random. Hereditary angioedema (or HAE) is a condition that deprives the blood of protein. For some reason, this leads sufferers to have spontaneous attacks of swelling that could stop them from breathing.
Terrified and covered in blood, a wounded girl cries for her father after she becomes latest innocent victim of Syria's civil war
Crying, covered in blood, and with cuts to her head, the young girl, called Aya, calls out for her dad as she is treated medics. Doctors at the medical centre in Talbiseh in Homs wipe away blood from young Aya's face and scalp as her eyes search the room for her father and she repeatedly cries 'Baba' - Arabic for daddy. The terrified young girl was caught up in air and mortar strikes on Monday, before she was rescued and taken to a field hospital for treatment.
Incredible moment a six-day-old baby has life-saving open heart surgery after a nurse spots a deadly defect
The baby boy (left), from West Drayton, London, was immediately taken to hospital for medical checks after being born at home. Hospital staff deemed him to be healthy until a more experienced nurse noticed a blue colouring in his feet and fingers. Tests revealed he had a potentially fatal heart defect known as total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage. It means the veins carrying blood between his heart and lungs weren't connected properly and stopped the flow. He was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital for the open heart surgery (top and bottom right) just six days after being born.
The three moves that could save your child's life: Martial arts teacher reveals the self defence tricks ALL youngsters need to know (and why they should never shout 'help')
With the help of 11-year-old Melissa, martial arts teacher Matt Fiddes, from Wiltshire, demonstrates the three moves that could prevent a child from being abducted. Pictured left to right: A wrist twist can help loosen an attacker's grip, a kick to the groin can pry a predator out of a neck grip and to end a 'bear hug'-style attack the victim should stomp on their attacker's feet.
'That crow needs to get himself a lawyer': Hilarious moment police in WA realise the suspect that dropped meth at a petrol station is a BIRD
This hilarious video shows the moment police officers realised the meth dealer they were hunting was actually a bird. CCTV shows a crafty crow (left and centre, circled) hopping up onto a pillar at a petrol station before ripping a package containing meth out of a bin. Western Australia Police investigators were reviewing the surveillance footage as they tried to track down who dumped the drugs (in a packet, right) there when they discovered the bird was to blame. No arrests have been made at this stage and the bird is still believed to be on the run.
'They want brides with white skin and blue eyes': Rich Chinese businessmen pay thousands of pounds to go on 'wife tours' of Siberia due to a shortage of women in their country
Siberian marriage agency OCS Centre say Chinese men are desperate to marry a Russian bride, due to a lack of women in China, and add they have had a massive success in matching couples. Chinese men who attended the meeting arranged by OCS are introduced to groups of 25 women all under the age of 35. And Elena Suvorova, head of the marriage agency says the men are quick to fall in love with the women.
Ice cream brain freeze can take some getting used to, but this toddler's reaction is adorable and hilarious in equal measure. For toddler Lyla, from New Zealand, this process may take quite a long time. The youngster puts a spoon of ice cream in her mouth, but after a split second she begins shaking, with her face a picture of shock. She makes a noise to suggest that the chill has well and truly got to her, as her mini shivering fit continues. Her reaction and facial expression would suggest that she did not enjoy her first ice cream experience at all, but suddenly she raises her spoon and goes in for a second taste.
Mother-of-two is fighting for her life after contracting Lyme disease walking her dog FOUR YEARS ago
Heidi Luckraft (left), 39, from Beeston, Nottinghamshire, was walking her dog four years ago when she was bitten by a tick. However, it wasn't until last year that she was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease. She is now on 29 different medications a day in hospital (inset) as the illness attacks her organs. Because of how long it took her to receive a correct diagnosis, it has left her with no treatment options in the UK and reliant on a wheelchair (right). Her family and friends are frantically trying to raise money for treatment in the US to try and save her life.
Barely old enough to understand why, a small child prepares to slice his skin open with a razor-sharp flail in bloody Muslim ceremony marking the sacrifice of the Prophet's grandson
This tiny Pakistani boy is clutching a whip made from chains and blades as he prepares to flagellate himself in a religious parade to mark the Muslim festival of Ashura. The young Shiite Muslim boy took part in commemorations yesterday in the city of Peshawar, in Pakistan. Other pictures from the religious procession in Peshawar show men and boys covered in blood and pool of crimson on the ground, as devotees whipped and cut themselves to mark the religious holiday.
NEW A YouTube user posted a video online showing a curious illusion he saw over the weekend on Lake Superior. Jason Asselin was on a fall foliage trip on Saturday when he and friends noticed a ship-like image appear on the horizon. He had to zoom 200 times on his camera to see the object clearly, meaning that if it was real the ship would have been hundreds of feet tall. One possibility is that the lake projected the image of a lighthouse nine miles away onto that spot on the water.
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Shocking images show a giant panda at a Chinese zoo foraging through RUBBISH left by tourists and eating it
Photographs of a giant panda foraging through rubbish and apparently eating it (pictured) at a Chinese zoo has sparked outrage in the country. The images, captured by a visitor to Taiyuan Zoo in Shanxi province, showed the bear rooting through assorted junk in its enclosure, including a water bottle (right), food debris and a balloon (left). After the pictures appeared on Chinese social media site Weibo, thousands of people commented on the incident, calling for the zoo to be scrapped of its rights to house China's national treasure.
Ice day for a dip? Breathtaking footage captures champion freediver swimming UNDERNEATH a frozen lake
Johanna Nordblad, from Helsinki, Finland, once nearly lost her leg in a horrific accident but painful ice therapy saved it - now she's a world record-breaking freediver who swims under frozen lakes. In this fascinating footage, she is seen diving through a small hole in the ice (bottom left and right) and exploring a beautiful but bitter-cold world under the surface (main).
Shocking dashcam shows a car turning without looking on a busy Russian road and ploughing straight into two cyclists - one of which was hurled onto the bonnet and the other thrown to the ground. The cyclists didn't suffer serious injuries thanks to their helmets. It is unknown if the police were involved in the incident.