July 2019

Published a story 19th Jul 2019 8:33 PM

The brother of a young father killed in a tragic highway smash may miss the funeral in a heartbreaking double blow for the family.

Double blow to family as prisoner's funeral plea denied

The brother of a young father killed in a tragic highway smash may miss the funeral in a heartbreaking double blow for the family.

Published a story 19th Jul 2019 5:29 PM

There are only two people who know exactly what happened that night - Shandee, who is forever silenced, and her killer.

BIG READ: The long wait after the Shandee Blackburn inquest

There are only two people who know exactly what happened that night - Shandee, who is forever silenced, and her killer.

Published a story 18th Jul 2019 5:08 PM

A foolish burglar set on stealing guns raided the fridge before making off with his haul of weapons.

Hungry gun thief busted by fingerprint on the fridge

A foolish burglar set on stealing guns raided the fridge before making off with his haul of weapons.

Published a story 18th Jul 2019 2:35 PM

Fire crews took about an hour to control the blaze, which destroyed children's bedrooms, the kitchen and sentimental items.

Family home burns down in birthday celebration disaster

Fire crews took about an hour to control the blaze, which destroyed children's bedrooms, the kitchen and sentimental items.

Published a story 15th Jul 2019 7:05 PM

'It is regrettable the Blackburn family are so blinded by their preconceived ideas about John Peros’ guilt', says Peros' barrister.

LAWYER: Blackburns 'blinded by hatred of former boyfriend'

'It is regrettable the Blackburn family are so blinded by their preconceived ideas about John Peros’ guilt', says Peros' barrister.

Published a story 15th Jul 2019 10:20 AM

Lawyer says theory about his client killing Shandee Blackburn contained "factual errors, grandstanding and hyperbole".

INQUEST: Barrister hits back at fake memory loss claim

Lawyer says theory about his client killing Shandee Blackburn contained "factual errors, grandstanding and hyperbole".

Published a story 12th Jul 2019 3:06 PM

Theories about what happened the night Shandee Blackburn was killed will be put forward on Monday when inquest into her death resumes.

Day 9: Witness questioned about rumours over Shandee's death

Theories about what happened the night Shandee Blackburn was killed will be put forward on Monday when inquest into her death resumes.

Published a story 11th Jul 2019 1:10 PM

An arrest warrant has been issued by the coroner for a woman who was supposed to give evidence today.

Day 8: Man alleges 'standover men' bashed people for money

An arrest warrant has been issued by the coroner for a woman who was supposed to give evidence today.

Published a story 5th Jul 2019 4:24 PM

A young woman walks down a dimly lit street just after midnight, her journey home is captured on multiple CCTV cameras - it is the last time she's seen alive.

BIG READ: Shandee Blackburn's final walk home

A young woman walks down a dimly lit street just after midnight, her journey home is captured on multiple CCTV cameras - it is the last time she's seen alive.

Published a story 4th Jul 2019 9:29 AM

Shandee's former boyfriend among first witnesses to be called.

DAY FOUR: 'What’s your f***ing point n***a.'

Shandee's former boyfriend among first witnesses to be called.

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I didn’t always want to be a journalist. In fact, when I was younger my dream was to be an archaeologist – who wouldn’t want to be like Indiana Jones? However, now that I am a journalist, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life. I love listening to people’s stories and sharing them with others. I’m a Queenslander through and though. Mackay is the furthest south I have ever lived. I’m an only child and I was raised in Airlie Beach. My parents are former boaties; we lived on a 42 foot Catamaran called ‘Sundance’ for a number of years. My parents called me the Sundance Kid for years. I earned my degree at James Cook University in Townsville, and prior to here I lived in Cairns for three-and-a-half years where I was a magazine journalist. I’m a diehard book worm, and still love getting out on the water.