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  • Dirty Harry on Terror suspect planned to behead police The Victorian police are nationally renowned for firing the warning shot into the chest of the alleged criminal. Not once ... more
  • Justin on Terror suspect planned to behead police If a bikie did this there'd be no holding back. But a Muslim, oh no, "Islam is peaceful, he acted alone." But then again, ... more
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  • All stand in applause for WA on Terror raids in Australia How clever is WA. We should all take of our hats to their extraordinary contribution. The WA division of Fairfax radio is ... more
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Brisbane storm: catastrophe

Posted by: Pak Yiu | Pak Yiu 27 November, 2014 - 9:16 PM

4BC Online: A large storm came and wrecked havoc in Brisbane on Thursday afternoon, here are some pictures of the aftermath of the Brisbane storm.

EMERGENCY STORM CONTACTS here

Massive hail storm hits Brisbane

Posted by: Gordon Campbell | Gordon Campbell 27 November, 2014 - 4:33 PM
brissystorm

4BC Online: After the recent sultry weather, a large storm is approaching Brisbane from the South. Keep up to date with all the vision from around the city here.

Phillip Hughes Tributes

Posted by: Gordon Campbell | Gordon Campbell 27 November, 2014 - 3:59 PM
Phil Hughes

4BC Online: Cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in a Sydney hospital two days after being hit by a bouncer. Cricket Australia confirmed the former Test batsman had died in St Vincents Hospital. Leave your tribute for the family here.

 

75 people arrested in drug raids

Posted by: Pak Yiu | Pak Yiu 27 November, 2014 - 9:08 AM
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A major operation targeting drugs and the Rebels Criminal Motorcycle Gang in southeast Queensland have resulted in 75 people arrested and more than $500,000 in cash and drugs including ice and cocaine have been seized.

The raid searched over 70 properties in Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast yesterday and Eight Rebel gang members have been charged.

Charges include drug trafficking, supply of dangerous drugs and theft of motor vehicles.

More arrests are expected over the coming days.

Daniel Morcombe murder: Appeal

Posted by: Pak Yiu | Pak Yiu 26 November, 2014 - 7:38 AM
District Court

The Court of Appeal in Brisbane will today hear Brett Peter Cowan's appeal against his conviction for the murder of Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe in March this year. 

Justice Roslyn Atkinson sentenced Cowan to a life in prison, with a non-parole period of 20 years, but said she was not in the view that he should not be released in 20 years time but "that is not in my control".

The 44-year-old paedophile was convicted in part because of a recorded confession to undercover police who posed as part of a criminal gang, an investigation technique, dubbed "Mr Big", developed in Canada.

Cowan's lawyers will argue the jury should have never heard his confession, and that the media was biased while covering the trial.

Daniel Morcombe's father, Bruce, spoke to media outside the court this morning saying the appeal is a legal test to see whether Cowan's conviction was fair.

Mother of Daniel, Denise Morcombe labelled the appeal as a "waste of taxpayers' money".

"Why has he got a chance to appeal? I mean I know that's the law, but it's a waste of taxpayers' money," she said.

"Ask Daniel if it's fair," he said.

The appeal is expected to run over two days and will be heard by Chief Justice Tim Carmody, Justice Margaret McMurdo and Justice Hugh Fraser.

 

4BC Drive: Cowan's appeal is based on the legitimacy of the sting operation that got his confession.

Cowan’s lawyers are arguing that his confession should be ruled inadmissible based on a decision from Canada’s High Court in July.

The court ruled evidence gained from Mr Big stings, the kind that caught out Cowan are unreliable.

Criminal lawyer Bill Potts, told 4BC Drive overseas precedents can be persuasive in cases here, but in other states this type of sting is lawful.

"The evidence act in Queensland does not go as far as the legislation in other states hence the question the court is being asked to determine".

Potts says there is no precedent of such a case in Queensland and the the case may not end with this appeal. 

"The court of appeal is going to have to test it and depending on which way the go it could end up in the High Court of Australia".