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Akon Guode sentence reduced

A MELBOURNE woman who drove her family into a lake, killing three of her four small children, had her sentence slashed on appeal today by a Victorian Supreme Court judge. Akon Guode, a Sudanese refugee, was jailed in 2017 for 26 years and six months for intentionally plunging her 4WD …

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Cayleb Hough murder

THE family of a teenage boy murdered by a man wearing brass knuckledusters filled a courtroom with applause — and verbal abuse — as the killer was jailed in Melbourne. Thomas Kelson, 29, has been sentenced to 24 years’ imprisonment for murdering 17-year-old Cayleb Hough, whose body was found in …

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South Yarra fatal hit-run

THE first pictures of a homeless Melbourne man charged over the fatal hit-and-run of a Dutch cyclist at South Yarra show him smiling and gesturing to the media. Dressed in a blue jacket with the hood pulled over his head, Michael Panayides, 26, and of “no fixed address”, smiled at …

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Taylors Hill fight

THE morning after a large group of Sudanese-Australian youths ran riot in a small, quiet suburb in Melbourne’s northwest, the region’s police commander stood in front of a packed media scrum and delivered four words that almost certainly frustrated those affected. “How many arrests have you made?” Commander Tim Hansen …

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South Yarra hit and run

A MAN has been arrested in Melbourne’s CBD after a hit-run crash which killed a cyclist in South Yarra. The man, 26, was held in Bourke St at 5.30pm (AEST), the Herald Sun reported. He was arrested after being spotted from images released by police, the newspaper said. Police released …

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Swanston St CBD sexual assault

A TEENAGE girl was dragged into a dark alleyway and held captive during a disturbing sexual assault in the CBD. Police are seeking witnesses to track down the suspect, described by police as being aged in his 20s and tall with dark brown skin. MORE LAW AND ORDER They have …

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Sky News at train stations

THE back and forth between Sky News and Victoria’s Public Transport Minister reached its most awkward on Thursday during an interview that’s since been described as a “trainwreck”. MP Jacinta Allan — whose portfolio includes overseeing content broadcast on those giant screens at Victorian train stations — on Wednesday banned …

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Taylors Hill

AS police helicopters flew overhead and heavily armed riot cops desperately tried to disperse at least 100 rampaging youths on Wednesday, terrified residents were told to “lock their doors”. It was a far cry from what the people of Taylors Hill — a masterplanned suburb on former pastoral land in …

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African ‘gangs’ in Melbourne

MELBOURNE’S South Sudanese community is fed up with being “demonised” by “racist” media coverage and political commentary about youth crime. Community leader Maker Mayek and eight suburban mayors say the “racist fear-mongering must be stopped” following high-profile coverage of police incidents involving African-Australian youths. “We cannot continue to tarnish everyone …

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