A Sydney woman has been sentenced to a two-year community corrections order for accessory after the fact to manslaughter.
Hannah Quinn was at her boyfriend Blake Davis’ house in Forest Lodge in Sydney in 2018 when aspiring rapped Jett McKee broke in and tried to rob them.
Davis was knocked unconscious with knuckledusters and woke to Quinn screaming, before he ran outside and sliced Mr McKee with a Samurai sword.
Today, Justice Natalie Adams handed Quinn a community corrections order which requires her to receive treatment for her mental health issues.
In sentencing, she ruled Quinn’s action in the days after McKee was killed were “towards the lower end of criminality”.
Quinn and Davis checked in to hotels across Sydney in the days after the death, before handing themselves into police three days later.
In December, a NSW Supreme Court judge directed the jury to find Quinn not guilty of murder.
In March this year her boyfriend, Blake Davis, was jailed for at least two years and nine months for the aspiring rapper’s manslaughter.
A jury found him not guilty of murder.
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No new local cases of coronavirus have been reported in NSW overnight after a raft of restrictions were put into place in Greater Sydney following two community infections.
NSW Health said 13,339 were tested in the last 24 hours, and there were five cases new infections recorded in hotel quarantine.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said the fact there were no new local cases nationally, including in NSW, was promising and urged people to continue getting tested.
“And the more we see the chances are we may see some more cases and we certainly need to work out that chain for the person we know arrived on 24th April…the Sydneysider, and his wife, that have become positive without an obvious link there. But clearly it’s the same virus.”
A new venue of concern, XOPP restaurant in Sydney’s Chinatown, has been identified and anyone who was there on Wednesday April 28 between 1:30pm-2:30pm must get tested.
Earlier this morning Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Sydney isn’t likely to head into lockdown.
Ms Berejiklian was asked by Today host Karl Stefanovic if the city would be forced to lockdown as the authorities race to find the “missing link” between a 50-year-old eastern suburbs man who contracted the virus and a returned traveller.
“Not at this stage,” the premier said.
She suggested there may not be any new community cases of coronavirus reported in the state today.
“All I will say at this stage is I’m very pleased with how things are going,” she said.
Ms Berejiklian said the main concern for authorities was the fact someone had been going about their business in the community not knowing they had the virus, but she was confident in the systems in place to find the source.
The premier also expressed her irritation that other states had taken more drastic measures – against NSW in particular – amid their own recent positive local cases.
“I felt a sense of frustration because there’s another way through,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Yes, it’s a very dangerous disease, yes, it can kill, but we have to learn to live with it.”
She said Sydneysiders shouldn’t change their Mother’s Day plans, they should “just be extra careful” over the next three days.
Ms Berejiklian’s advice comes after a number of restrictions came into place for Greater Sydney after another positive local case of coronavirus was confirmed yesterday.
“Don’t change what you are doing on Mother’s Day – if you are welcoming people into your home, limit it to 20, then if someone does have the virus it only spreads to those 20 people,” Ms Berejiklian said.
She said she still plans to celebrate Mother’s Day with her family.
“We plan to go out for an early dinner and we will continue to do that.
“I’m always careful around my parents – they are both in their 80s and they’re careful as well – that’s the way we have to live in this pandemic.”
She dismissed any conspiracy theories over the new Sydney restrictions falling on Mother’s Day, after local cases had emerged on the Easter weekend and Anzac Day in other states.
When Stefanovic put it to her that there are theories circulating about the timing of the new cases – close to the Mother’s Day weekend – she said the decision to reintroduce restrictions was “based on science”.
“I think there’d be a conspiracy theory every day during a pandemic,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Our job as a government is to keep everybody safe – to keep the economy going so people continue to work and have jobs.
“That balance is always going to attract controversy – When I make an announcement, some say I haven’t gone far enough. Some say I’ve gone too far.”
‘Big Job’ to trace source of new Sydney infections
Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworth has admitted it’s ‘a big job’ to trace the source of Sydney’s new coronavirus outbreak.
The man, who is from Woollahra in Sydney’s east, and his wife, both have the virus.
Dr Coatsworth told Today that in the past, officials have always worked out how people have caught the virus.
But he admitted there was a concern the virus is spreading through the community undetected.
“I think what we’ve got to remember is when this has happened before, and there have been mystery links, we have found them,” he said.
“The NSW public health team have proven themselves to be world leading, nation leading in the past and world leading and they will do on this occasion as well.
“But it is a race, and they’re a very polished team as they race to find a missing link.
“At this stage it’s absolutely a real mystery.
“We know it’s a variant that’s come from the United States. It’s not one of the variants of concern, so it’s not one of the variants that tends to spread more rapidly within the community, and that’s good news.
“But what that link might be, between a returned traveller and hotel quarantine and this particular gentleman is not yet known.”
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Anyone under the age of 40 in the UK will be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine amid concerns of rare blood clots, reports suggest
The British government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that the age threshold be lifted from 30, the Independent reports.
The (JCVI) recommended that people in the age group should instead be offered an alternative Pfizer or Moderna jab.
The move was described as “an abundance of caution” by one government source and comes after new data on blood clots associated with the vaccine rollout was released.
“Because prevalence of COVID is low and given the strength of the programme, that means we’re in a position to act with an abundance of caution and offer a different vaccine to the younger groups,” the source said.
The latest weekly figures from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) showed that case incidence of the rare brain clots combined with low platelet counts is 10.5 per million doses.
The source said the move would not affect the UK government’s target of offering a vaccine jab to all adults by late July.
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When Matt Stevenson’s mum suddenly died earlier this week, while devastated, he was at least able to book a last-minute flight to New Zealand for the funeral, which takes place tomorrow.
But the sudden pause of the ‘travel bubble’ between New Zealand and NSW after just two local COVID-19 cases were recorded has left him and fiancee, Suzy Hansen, angry and upset.
The Sydney couple will now miss the funeral for Pauline Paku, 72, in Tauranga. The funeral would have also allowed Mr Stevenson to reunite with other family members for the first time in a year.
Ms Hansen, 45, said the pair, feel the move, which was initiated by the New Zealand government, is an “overreaction”.
“It just seems like such an over-response,” she said.
“It’s a husband and a wife, it’s not like it’s somebody he knocked into at Woolies.
“The fact that it’s his wife and they’ve paused the bubble, it just seems over and above what is required.
“Matt’s very angry and I am too that just for two cases, that that’s the case.”
While Matt’s mum, who was 72, did have a chronic illness, she passed away suddenly after a few days in hospital.
The couple, who are both from New Zealand, woke up to missed call at 2am in the morning, and were due to fly home today.
Mr Stevenson is now struggling with the fact he cannot take part in the Mauri funeral service with his family, his partner, said.
They will instead stay in Sydney as they would have to do 14-day hotel quarantine if they went to New Zealand.
“He’s not good. He’s very up and down. Very emotional. It’s a rollercoaster,” Ms Hansen, said.
“A lot of anger and disbelief and just the overreaction.”
The pair, who got engaged earlier this year said while they have each other, they have no other family in Australia to help them cope.
“You might have each other, but you’re alone,” she said.
The New Zealand trans-Tasman travel bubble, which allowed Aussies to go to the nation without doing 14 days hotel quarantine, started on April 17.
Authorities are in talks about when it might resume, after the pause began at midnight.
COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said New Zealand would monitor the situation “very closely”.
“We’ll continue to monitor it, and obviously we’ll make decisions where we need to,” Mr Hipkins said.
New Zealanders could already come to Australia without quarantine.
But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned Australia and New Zealand viewed each other as “another state” and said the scheme could be halted if there were new virus cases.
“Anyone in Australia who is travelling between states is prepared for outbreaks and there possibly being disruption, and I can’t believe I am saying this, view New Zealand as another state in that way,” Ms Ardern told Today in April.
“If there is a hot spot in one of the states of Australia, we may just act in the same way that another state would, with just limitation of people to come in and out of our borders until that issue is resolved.
“We are trying to make it as simple for travellers as possible. Just prepare that there may be disruptions.”
New Zealand is renowned for its virus eradication policy, while Australia maintains it is trying to suppress the virus.
New Zealand has only had 2582 total cases and 26 deaths.
A total of 26 people in hotel quarantine in the nation currently have the virus, and nobody is in hospital.
Around four percent of the population has had one vaccination, according to Our World in Data.
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Very few diners at a restaurant in Sydney’s CBD checked into the venue at the time a person with coronavirus ate there, making contact tracers’ job incredibly difficult.
NSW Health said today the number of people who used the QR code to sign in the XOPP restaurant in Haymarket was “very low”.
“This highlights the need for everyone in NSW to check in and out of every venue you visit, as this allows NSW Health to complete rapid contact tracing when required,” a statement said.
Anyone who dined or worked there on Wednesday April 28 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm must get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
The couple have been praised by the premier and health authorities for diligently using QR codes to check-in at every venue or store they visited.
After the two cases were detected restrictions for Greater Sydney, including the Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Central Coast were introduced.
These include mandatory masks indoors and on public transport, and no more than 20 people allowed in a house.
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A teenage boy has been charged after a fellow student was stabbed at a school in western Sydney.
Emergency services were called to Glenwood High School at 1.15pm yesterday and found a 16-year-old student with stab wounds to his back and stomach.
An argument broke out at lunchtime and police will allege the a 14-year-old boy pulled out an ornamental-style knife and stabbed the older boy twice.
The school went into lockdown and students were told to stay inside.
An ambulance was called, and the injured student was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.
He is in a stable condition, and was treated at Westmead Hospital.
The 14-year-old teen was charged with two counts of wounding with intent and was refused bail to face court today.
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South Australia is now blocking travellers who have been to locations in Greater Sydney visited by the two new local positive COVID-19 cases.
The state joins others which have also banned anyone who visited Sydney exposure sites from entering without quarantining.
At Adelaide airport yesterday, Sydney arrivals saw lengthy delays as passengers were questioned as to whether they had recently been to any of the NSW COVID-19 hotspots.
The South Australian border remains open to most of NSW but anyone who has visited an exposure site in Greater Sydney is not permitted to enter.
The ruling also applies to essential workers and residents of South Australia.
The update comes as the list of Sydney exposure sites grows following two positive mystery cases this week.
Genomic sequencing of the COVID-19 strain has matched it to a returned traveller from the United States who entered hotel quarantine in Sydney on April 26, however the link between the pair and the traveller has not been established raising concerns there is one or more cases moving undetected in the community.
Meanwhile, Queensland now requires anyone entering the state from NSW who has visited any of a growing list of Sydney exposure sites to to go into hotel quarantine.
Anyone already in Queensland who has been to one of the venues of concern is advised to isolate in their home and get tested.
Anyone who has been in Sydney since April 27 who develops symptoms is urged to get tested.
Queensland recorded three new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, all returned travellers in hotel quarantine. The state has 20 active cases.
Australian states and territories have kept their borders open to NSW after the new community cases of COVID-19, but ordered those who have visited one of a growing list of Sydney exposure sites to isolate and get tested.
Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, the ACT and NT are directing residents and visitors who visited any of the Sydney venues to isolate, get tested and then quarantine for 14 days. They’re also generally expected to contact local health authorities.
Victoria has reduced the area of concern in Sydney and all of NSW remains a green a zone.
Anyone from a green zone still requires a permit to enter the state.
Authorised Officer presence and spot-checking will be increased for incoming flights from Sydney to check for permits.
In Tasmania, anyone who visited one of the exposure locations at the specified times is directed to call local health authorities, isolate and get tested.
WA Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson said NSW Health would contact its local counterpart if any close or casual contacts were found to be in WA.
“We believe any risk to WA remains very low, but the situation highlights the importance of remaining vigilant to prevent the chance of any spread of the virus or community transmission in this state,” he said.
“We will continue to monitor the situation in New South Wales very closely and issue updated health advice if required.”
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At the height of the coronavirus pandemic last year, paracetamol was almost as scarce as toilet paper.
The shortages affected many Australians, including Alex Philp, who needed pain relief after undergoing a knee reconstruction.
“I had to traipse around sometimes with two kids,” she said.
Global giant Johnson and Johnson was given approval to supply Tylenol until April this year. Now the product is here to stay.
“Now, coming into the market, it’s a help as an alternative brand that customers can go to,” Cabramatta East Day and Night Pharmacy’s Vu Huynh said.
Industry analysts say paracetamol demand has increased, largely due to the ageing population.
But pricing customers away from market leader Panadol will be tough, according to IBISWorld industry analyst Liam Harrison.
“Tylenol is going to have a significant struggle trying to build up its own brand reputation in order to really be able to compete against Panadol,” Mr Harrison said.
Government restrictions to combat misuse have made it harder to access codeine, and only last year long-acting paracetamol was placed behind the counter to tackle the disturbing rise in deliberate overdoses.
“It can lead to liver toxicity [and] liver failure,” Dr Christina Abdel Shaheed from the University of Sydney said.
Last month experts uncovered the true benefits of paracetamol.
Among 44 conditions, they could only find evidence that the drug was effective in just four types of pain.
“Those four conditions include knee and hip osteoarthritis, tension headache, perinatal pain following childbirth and craniotomy, which is the removal of part of the skull,” Dr Abdel Shaheed said.
But Ms Philp believes pain relievers are effective.
“It was really important in my recovery,” she said.
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Another restaurant has been identified as a COVID-19 risk in Sydney after a couple tested positive to the virus.
NSW Health has asked anyone who visited XOPP in Haymarket on Wednesday, April 28, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm to get tested and self isolate until a negative result is received.
This comes after Premier Gladys Berejiklian imposed new restrictions in New South Wales after the wife of a man from Sydney’s eastern suburbs tested positive yesterday.
Thousands of people across Sydney remain on high alert with the list of Sydney venues visited by the infectious COVID-19 cases growing further each day.
Earlier yesterday anyone who attended Fratelli Fresh at Westfield Sydney, Pitt Street on Tuesday, April 27, between 1.15-2.15pm and Bondi Trattoria, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach on Thursday, April 29, between 12.45-1.30pm were asked to immediately get tested and isolate until notified of a negative result.
NSW Health confirmed on Wednesday that fragments of the coronavirus had been detected in the Marrickville sewage network, servicing about 42,000 people.
Dr Kerry Chant said authorities are still unable to explain why COVID-19 has been detected in the sewage.
“We can’t find obvious sources for that,” Dr Chant said.
“Given this concern about the local transmission, it’s made us even more heightened in our concern about sewage detections.”
The Marrickville catchment services around 42,000 people and takes in the suburbs of Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Summerhill, Lewisham, Ashfield, Haberfield, Petersham, Lilyfield and Leichhardt.
“While my message is to anyone with the most minimal of symptoms to come forward and get tested, we’re particularly calling out those suburbs because of that detection,” Dr Chant said.
He visited a cafe in Paddington, an optometrist in the city, a cinema and four barbeque stores over the weekend.
On Monday, he went to a gym and a cafe in Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter before spending the evening at The Royal Sydney Golf Club.
Then on Tuesday, he spent time in Brookvale, Collaroy, Balgowlah and Double Bay, visiting a chemist, supermarket, rug cleaning business and two homewares shops.
NSW Health has updated its advice for locations that have been confirmed as COVID-19 locations. They are now listed as either close contacts, where you should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days; casual contacts, where you should get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result; or monitor for symptoms.
Fratelli Fresh, Westfield Sydney, 1.15pm-2.15pm
XOPP, Haymarket, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Bondi Trattoria, Bondi Beach, 12.45pm-1.30pm
District Brasserie, Chifley Square, 11am – 11:45am
Rug Cleaning Repairs Hand Rug Wash Sydney, Brookvale, 12.30pm-1pm
Alfresco Emporium, Collaroy, 1pm-1.30pm
SMITH MADE, Balgowlah, 2.30pm-2.45pm
Chemist Warehouse, Double Bay, 3.45pm-4pm
Woolworths, Double Bay, 4.05pm-4.15pm
The man, who authorities said hadn’t returned from overseas, worked in border roles or interacted with the hospital system, used QR codes to check in and out of venues, making contact tracing easier.
“This person did everything right, but it goes to show we can’t take anything for granted,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
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The man was initially tested on Tuesday but thought to have been infectious since Friday, April 30.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it was “a very clear reminder” of the risk of coronavirus remains.
He urged residents to get tested regardless of whether they had been vaccinated or not.
“People in the eastern suburbs particularly should be listening to these messages and getting tested,” Mr Hazzard said.
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A mother who allegedly ran over her daughter, dragging her 100 metres down the road outside their home in Sydney’s south has faced court.
Dale Palmer is accused of hitting her 27-year-old daughter Keely Palmer with a small hatchback outside a house in Caringbah South where a 21st birthday party was being held.
The younger woman was pinned under the Toyota for more than 90 minutes while paramedics and rescue crews worked to free her.
In court today her mother was warned by a magistrate not to breach an AVO which limits how and when she can now see her daughter.
“Keely Palmer is in need of protection,” Magistrate Joy Boulos said.
In court police prosecutors asked for a six-week adjournment so that further charges could potentially be laid.
Three days after the incident Keely is still recovering at St George Hospital.
Her mother was allegedly three times the legal alcohol limit at the time.
“There was a party there throughout the evening, but as to the reasons why she was in the vehicle they are unknown at this point of time,” NSW Police Chief Inspector Gary Ford told 9News.
“Her reading of .166 will be the alleged reading for that breath test.”
Mrs Palmer was subsequently charged with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm (PCA), and high-range PCA.
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