The Supreme Court jury in Townsville took just over five hours to convict Kyle Robert Thompson, 32, of murdering David Knyvett, 59, in his Belgian Gardens home on November 15, 2015.
In sentencing, Justice Susan Brown told Thompson his conduct was “intentional and calculated”.
“Nothing can take away what you did, and nothing should.”
Thompson had previously been found guilty of murder but had his conviction quashed by the Queensland Court of Appeal in February 2019, after it determined the trial judge made an error by misdirecting the jury over the application of the defence of provocation.
Nine witnesses gave evidence during the four-day trial, which heard Thompson used a glass bottle to hit Mr Knyvett on the head “multiple times” before binding him with duct tape and dragging his body to the bathroom, where he later drowned in his own blood.
In a statement provided to the ABC, Mr Knyvett’s family said it was relieved and satisfied with the outcome of the trial and described David Knyvett as a kind and compassionate man.
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This weekend’s Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint is the first Supercars event at Symmons Plains since 2019 — and it didn’t take long for the drama to start to unfold.
During practice 1 on Saturday, Tim Slade was forced to park up as his right rear wheel became dislodged, causing a red flag.
Later in qualifying, Shane van Gisbergen stunned the field with a track record 50.492 second lap to claim pole position.
“That could be the most emphatic statement he’s made all year, and he’s won five races in a row,” Mark Skaife said in commentary on Fox Sports.
“Three tenths of a second. That’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen that.”
His time was a whopping 0.3325 seconds clear of second-placed Cameron Waters, who was only one-tenth quicker than Mark Winterbottom down in eighth.
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Cameron Waters was again the fast man in second practice, with the top 10 covered by just 0.2s.
Like he did earlier in the morning, Waters fired to the top at the death, with the #6 Monster Energy Mustang again the class of the field.
As it was in Practice 1, Waters was shadowed by a Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang, with Anton De Pasquale just 0.0208s adrift.
Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen was 0.0561s behind in third in his #97 Red Bull Ampol Racing entry, with Tickford Racing’s Jack Le Brocq again impressing to fourth.
Positions one through nine were covered by just 0.17s, with early pace-setter Chaz Mostert fifth ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye.
Cars will be back on track for Race 6 starts this afternoon at 4.25pm.
SATURDAY SCHEDULE (all times AEST)
Practice 2: 11.25am — 11.55am
Qualifying: 1.25pm — 2.10pm
Race 6: 4.25pm — 5.25pm
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At the front of the grid, one driver has been doing all the winning, but that doesn’t mean the margins behind are too large to overcome.
A return to Tasmania for the first time in two years, and the first race meeting in four weeks, means there’s every chance teams have tweaked their cars, and drivers have sharpened.
Ahead of this weekend’s event, which will feature three 44-lap races, Supercars.com has listed nine key storylines which will play out across the weekend.
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Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen could make history as the only driver in Supercars history to win the first seven races of a season.
Van Gisbergen has won five in a row to start 2021, and should he win the first two races of the weekend, he would surpass two major names.
Allan Moffat and Mark Skaife both won the opening six races of the season in 1977 and 1994 respectively; no one has ever won the opening seven.
Van Gisbergen’s current win streak of six, which dates back to the 2020 Bathurst 1000, matches similar feats by Moffat, Dick Johnson, Jim Richards, Skaife, Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin.
Only Whincup and Lowndes have been able to win more than six consecutive races; Whincup (seven in 2008) and Lowndes (eight in 1996).
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Jamie Whincup is the most successful driver in history at Symmons Plains with 12 race wins to his name, the most recent of which came in 2018.
Red Bull Ampol Racing has been the dominant force at Symmons Plains for much of the past decade; the team has won 11 of the 14 races held at the circuit since 2014.
Van Gisbergen won the most recent race at the circuit on the Sunday in 2019.
FORD’S WIN DROUGHT
Ford drivers have not won a race since Cameron Waters won the penultimate race of the 2020 season at The Bend on September 27.
Saturday’s opening race in Tasmania will mark 202 days, or six months and 21 days, since a Ford driver last won a race.
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This weekend also marks Whincup’s 243rd round start, bringing him level for sixth on the all-time list with Todd Kelly.
Whincup’s enduro co-driver Lowndes holds the record for most round starts at 298.
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NEW QUALIFYING FORMAT
This weekend will also see the debut of the new split, three-part qualifying system. The format will first be used on Saturday.
The first part of qualifying will see the field split in two groups on alternating garage order. That means one car per two-car team will take part in each five-minute session.
The top eight from each session will continue, while the bottom four from each session will be locked in positions 17 through 24.
The remaining 16 cars will roll out for the 10-minute Q2 segment, with the quickest 10 fighting for pole in the 10-minute Q3 segment.
On Sunday, there will be a split, single-segment format for both races; the same groupings will be used for two eight-minute sessions to set the grid.
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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said Friday that if police were killing the children of white people, “this would have ended a long time ago.”
Discussing the protest over the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, Cuomo said, ” like seeing black and white together. I like seeing old and young. I like seeing constituencies coming together even if they don’t share the same experience. When they get loud and yell at the police and how angry they are. Nobody says everything you are supposed to say is polite, and anybody who felt that way lost that privilege after January 6th when they did not speak about what happened there. They are taking a knee, and they are polite. When they start yelling how this is a 13-years-old kid, and he turned and had no gun in his hands, how is that right? They have every right to yell and be angry about it. I would argue if you are not angry and you are not outraged, it doesn’t have the energy that catches the ear of those in power.”
Anchor Don Lemon said, “You know what would be great? Look, I like to see diversity too and people together, black and white whatever it is. But wouldn’t it be great if it is all middle-aged white guys out there to say this to stop. Can you imagine?”
Cuomo said, “If it were people like me whose kids were getting shot by cops, this would have ended a long time ago.”
Lemon said, “Or never started. I know people say, oh, white people get killed by cops. If it is wrong, it is wrong. It does not matter what color they are. People take videos. You see the videos of white people getting stopped by cops and running over them and dragging them around and still living.”
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Are you feeling stressed, overworked, like you have tight muscles or a mind that won’t stop thinking? Then why not come and see what the benefits of yoga can do to relieve some of these stressors. The FREE Yoga classes are the fourth round of Move for Me classes being held as part Council’s grant initiative to get people moving for their mental health.
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When the Crows chase their third AFLW premiership on Saturday, captain Chelsea Randall will be watching from the sidelines.
A concussion from a collision during last week’s preliminary final left her ruled out of the match.
It’s a bitter sweet way to end a season — but as Sarah McCarthy knows, a concussion can have much longer consequences
In 2016, Sarah was the jammer for her Sydney roller derby team, skating at high speed in the league’s Grand Final, aiming to get past the opposition and score points.
“I was a few feet in front of the pack, looking over my shoulder,” she tells ABC RN’s Sporty.
As she skated, a competitor’s elbow hit Sarah’s neck and jaw hard and she crashed to the ground.
She doesn’t remember if she passed out or not, but recalls feeling briefly sick.
She got up, sat out for awhile, but later re-joined the bout, feeling reasonably ok.
It was Sarah’s second concussion that week, having had an earlier blow at training.
The next few months passed in a blur of sickness, dizziness and ringing ears.
“I could barely make it past lunch time without falling asleep. My head felt like it was in a vice 24 hours a day,” she says.
What was worse, says Sarah, was the memory loss, heightened emotions, and constant haze in her mind as she struggled to manage a big work project.
Sarah’s experience is not out of the ordinary. Experts say sportswomen are at higher risk of concussion than male athletes, and the effects of concussion in women tend to be more severe.
Almost five years on, Sarah continues to live with the implications of Post Concussion Syndrome.
“I struggled verbally, and I still do now if I have a poor night’s sleep,” Sarah says.
“It’s almost like I’m sitting on a chair in a room with a curtain around me and all of my vocabulary is just beyond the curtain. And I can’t reach it or I use the wrong words. I forget people’s name all the time,” she says.
“I’m fatigued every day. I still can’t exercise. I can’t handle stress, I can’t handle light, I can’t handle sounds.”
What happens when you’re concussed?
Dr Adrian Cohen, an emergency and trauma physician who researches concussion prevention, says concussion is not as simple as was once thought.
He says concussion results in less blood flow to the brain.
This means brain cells, called neurons, don’t get enough oxygen and glucose. They also suffer a “structural deformity”.
Basically, Dr Cohen says, the brain has a “metabolic crisis” and neurons stop working properly.
Why is concussion more common in women?
We don’t have enough data on the size of the problem, Dr Cohen says.
But research and scrutiny of concussion in women in sport is growing — largely in the wake of developments in elite men’s sport such as the AFL and NFL.
“Doctors like myself who work in this area are definitely seeing it more often and we’re seeing it with more severity,” Dr Cohen says.
He says women sustain more concussions than men in high-impact sports such as rugby league, rugby union and Australian rules football. Women also take longer to recover.
One possibility is that women may be more likely to report concussion.
But Dr Cohen says there are complex physiological factors at play.
“There are structural differences between men and women’s brains,” he says.
“They actually have a slightly faster metabolism than male brains, and they have slightly greater oxygen flow to the head.
“The cells themselves can be thought of as being slightly hungrier. So in the context of an injury that disrupts the supply of glucose and oxygen, it can help explain why they suffer more damage.”
He also says women are joining high impact sports without years of tackle training and have had less opportunity to build up the strong neck muscles crucial in protecting against impact.
Dr Cohen says these factors are not an argument for reducing women’s participation in contact sport — the benefits, he says, far outweigh the risks — but he is urging for new ways to minimise those risks.
“We have to outlaw illegal play that causes damage, we have to get people off the field when they have an injury, we have to recognise concussion,” he says.
He is part of a team developing a new device which he says can quickly and accurately assess a player for concussion.
“Instead of just asking somebody whether they’re okay, and putting [them] through a 10 minute test, which seems fundamentally flawed at the moment, we have got to put this in the field of objectivity.”
Concussion and migranes
Dr Rowena Mobbs, a Macquarie University neurologist who researches and treats the effects of concussion in sportspeople, says there is truth to suggestions that women experience concussion symptoms more severely.
“But there is this really important overlap of chronic migraine after trauma, and the term for this is post-traumatic headache,” she says.
“When we talk about migraine … they’re the same multitude of symptoms that can occur in concussion.
“So you can be dizzy and clouded in your thinking, lethargic and have double vision. And we know that women are at three times the risk of chronic migraine than men.”
She suggests there could be an association between chronic migraine syndrome and concussion, a kind of double whammy for women.
“It’s really a complex area,” Dr Mobbs says.
“It’s fairly new to research because, unfortunately, there’s been so much preferred research in men in sport, and we’re only just now approaching female concussion.”
In Australia, the Sports Brain Bank works on diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and other brain disorders associated with previous concussions or head impacts.
Dr Cohen says there are several Australian sports women who’ve pledged to donate their brain to the Sports Brain Bank.
“But in general terms, these women won’t have been playing the games for as long, and at as high a level,” he says.
He says concussion and its long-term consequences “are a numbers game”.
“The more impacts to the head you have, the more likely you are to suffer short, medium and long-term consequences. Therefore, the more likely it is to show up as CTE. But we’re going to be seeing it in women unfortunately, in the not too distant future.”
Dr Mobbs welcomes these new rules, but hopes the conversation in elite sport will extend to how concussion is managed at training and in community sport.
In 2019, the Australian Institute of Sport released an updated set of concussion guidelines to improve player safety and address rising concerns in the community around the links between concussion and CTE, which has been linked to dementia and behavioural problems.
Dr Mobbs wants measures like restricting heading the ball in soccer training to be considered.
“We must look after people’s brains,” she says.
“We can preserve what we love about the sports, they can still be played hard, but it just means that we’ve got to all get together and think of ways we can preserve brain health for these players.”
Sarah McCarthy wishes she’d been stopped from returning to play in the 2016 grand final, and regrets not taking time to immediately rest after the injuries.
She has advice for other people who experience concussion.
“First and foremost, stop everything – stop,” she says.
“If you can, stay in a dark room, don’t do anything that’s too mentally taxing. Don’t exercise.
“If I had taken that four to six weeks to rest [and] not have too much mental and emotional stimulation, I think my recovery would have been a lot quicker.”
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Sky News host Paul Murray says “it is not the first time” the ABC has “deliberately edited and deceptively edited something” after it was revealed a video of dancers twerking at a naval commissioning was doctored.
“The ABC dropped that in the middle of that footage making it seem like they were live-reacting to the dancing taking place, but guess what? It didn’t happen,” Mr Murray said.
“The media has the power not just to tell you what happened, but to give you a greater context, or a greater consequence of what can happen”.
“These little slights of hand don’t seem like much, but they are all over the media, especially over at the media you pay for whether you watch it or not.”
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Two-time series champion Marcos Ambrose will join the broadcast team as a special guest at this weekend’s Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint.
Ambrose won consecutive drivers’ championships for Stone Brothers Racing in 2003 and 2004.
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The Ford icon won 28 races in his decorated career, and sits 13th overall on the all-time winners’ list.
Ambrose was excited to join the broadcast team for his home event, where he won a race in 2004.
“I’m really looking forward to it; Symmons Plains is my home track,” he told Supercars.com.
“I grew up in Launceston, and watched legends like Dick Johnson and Peter Brock rip around the track.
“I also had my own success winning races in the early 2000s; I know the track well and what it takes to win at the short, fast and technical Symmons Plains circuit.”
“Now I get to watch the current generation of stars from the commentary box, so it’s going to be great. I can’t wait.”
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Ambrose said Red Bull Ampol Racing driver Shane van Gisbergen, who leads the standings, will again be the one to beat.
However, he believes the event will provide van Gisbergen and his rivals an opportunity to lay down their markers for the 2021 title after two contrasting events at Mount Panorama and Sandown.
“I’m keen to put in some of my own knowledge of the place and watch how the current drivers do it,” he said.
“To see the current generation cars and stars behind the wheel, it’s going to be great to be part of the show.
“Van Gisbergen’s in hot form, and he’ll be there, no doubt about it.
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“The pattern of the championship hasn’t been formed yet, and I believe Symmons Plains will be an integral inflection point of where the champion will come from.
“My good friends at Dick Johnson Racing, I’m hoping they’ll be up there too to turn it around for the Fords.
The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to Symmons Plains for the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint across April 17-18.
The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo.
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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last March, Forerunners owner Peter Butler thought business at his running store would slow to a crawl.
In reality, it turned out to be the exact opposite.
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“Starting about this time last year, we saw a sudden surge which is continuing to today,” Butler said of business at his store on Vancouver’s west side.
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Butler said the pandemic has inspired many people to take up running.
“It feels a bit like it was in the 1990s when the marathon boom was on and the triathlons and marathons all took off,” he said. “It’s a bit déjà vu, you might say.”
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Butler said some of the people who may have stopped running after the 90s boom may have taken it up again as health officials urged the public to spend more time outdoors during the pandemic.
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Steve Mattina of the Running Room also said he’s seen a rise in business.
“People are doing the right thing,” he said. “They’re heading outside for their exercise and there are a lot of people coming back to a sport they hadn’t been with for years.”
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Shane Park is an airline pilot in his 50s who was a big runner in his youth but fell out of the habit as his life got busier. Now he’s back.
“It’s simple,” he said. “If you have a spare half an hour or 40 minutes, you can just put on your shoes and you can just go for a run as a sport.”
So what advice does Butler have for new runners or people looking to get back into it?
Butler says it’s often best, as the old saying goes, to walk before you can run.
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“I would suggest a program where you start with fast walking and then eventually put in 30-second bursts of running and then over a 12- to 16-week period, you get up to about half an hour or 40 minutes of running non-stop,” he said.
Butler recommends running three to four days a week to get enough stimulus while also allowing time to recover.
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As for Park, he says running is one of the best antidotes for the stress that comes with life during a pandemic.
“It doesn’t have to be a huge run, whatever suits you,” he said. “But after you’re finished, it’s hard to feel worked up.”
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The crucial contest will carry even more importance with the game also representing the seventh instalment of ‘Maddie’s Match’, a fundraising tribute to Maddie Riewoldt, the late sister of Saints legend Nick Riewoldt, who lost her battle with aplastic anaemia in 2015.
St Kilda looked destined to head into the contest at one win and four losses when they trailed West Coast by more than five goals midway through the third quarter.
But a stunning turn-around saw the Saints kick the last eight goals and put their season back on track.
New recruit Brad Crouch, who was impressive with 26 disposals and 12 tackles, says he’s proud the team was able to work its way through difficult circumstances.
“It was a bit scary for us at times, we sort of felt like we were playing decent enough footy but weren’t getting the results early days,” Crouch said. “We didn’t start well at all and at half-time we still felt like we were doing a lot right and it wasn’t far away from turning.
“It turned pretty quick when it did.”
Meanwhile Nick Riewoldt isn’t at all surprised about the success of the man who took his number, Max King.
The 20-year-old, playing in his just 21st game, was one of the most influential players on the ground, booting five goals.
The man who wore the famous number 12 before him said it’s of little surprise that King is developing so early in his career.
“I’ve got my ear to the ground here and know how certain guys go about their work, and everything that I hear is that he’s a really diligent, professional person who wants to get the best out of himself,” Riewoldt said.
“You combine that with the raw natural talent that we’ve all seen, and it’s no surprise he got the result on the weekend.”
Riewoldt, who will lead a bike ride for his late sister on Thursday, said he’s proud of what the annual game between St Kilda and Richmond has become.
“Six years ago when we started this journey, it was really under-resourced and an issue that not many people had much awareness about,” he said.
“We feel like we’ve been able to take some strides and make some significant gains in that area but there’s still a fight to be had, so that’s why we’ll continue to do things like Maddie’s Match and Ride for Maddie on Thursday.”
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Sam McClure is a sport reporter for The Age and winner of ‘best news reporter’ at the AFL Media Association awards.
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