NSW Police are asking motorists to #Share to survive on the roads over Easter. The annual road safety operation, Operation Tortoise, starts Thursday, April 2. NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said 28 people were killed in March as a result of crashes on NSW roads. “While the road toll is six fewer than for the same period last year, it doesn’t make it any better,” he said. “Every road user, whether they are motorists, pedestrians or cyclists, all need to share the message that they are responsible for road safety.” Police will post road safety messages on Twitter this weekend and are asking people to read and share them. Commissioner Scipione also said he was concerned about the number of motorists drug-driving, with detections more than doubling from 729 motorists to 1584 in 12 months. Methamphetamine (Ice) accounted for 937 of those,” he said.
Dementia deaths on rise
Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Australia but dementia deaths are on the rise, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS 2013 report on causes of death in Australia, released on Tuesday, looks at the 147,678 deaths reported in 2013 to present a full picture of the nation’s mortality patterns. Heart disease topped the list, accounting for almost 20,000 deaths, followed by deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which have increased by 5 per cent in the past year to 11,000. The ABS reports that as life expectancy increases (now at 80.1 years for males and 84.3 years for females) it is likely the number of deaths from dementia will continue to grow, with a 30 per cent rise in the past five years.
Father guilty of child bride offence
A 63-year-old Islamic father has been found guilty of unlawfully procuring a child for sex after his 12-year-old daughter was married last year in an Islamic ceremony. The man pleaded not guilty in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court to letting his daughter marry a 26-year-old Lebanese man in the NSW Hunter Valley in January, 2014. The girl miscarried after falling pregnant to her “husband”, who has already been jailed for seven-and-a-half years. Her father was charged with procuring a child under the age of 14 for unlawful sexual activity and being an accessory before the fact to sexual intercourse with a child. He will be sentenced on May 29.
Grandmother and grandson killed in double murder
A 60-year-old Melbourne grandmother and her four-year-old grandson have been murdered in a home invasion in Melbourne’s west. The woman was found by police in the backyard of the Albanvale home having been stabbed to death. The grandson was similarly found dead in the bathroom with multiple stab wounds. Police have questioned a 45-year-old woman over the deaths. Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey told ABC News: “The actual motive is yet to be established.” There are reported suspicions the grandfather and husband of the deceased 60-year-old may be linked to the 45-year-old Albion woman. – Compiled from news sources by Lily Mayers and Newsroom reporters
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