02 January 2008

2008: the year, so far, in violent crime

What the hell is going on? The year is only two days old and it has already been unbelievably violent. All this happened in Australia in the past 48 hours. So much for goodwill to all men.

New South Wales
• Police say a tomahawk was used to hack a 61-year-old man to death at Schofields in Sydney's north-west.
• A 38-year-old man was found dead from head injuries in an apartment at Forster on the mid-north coast.
• A 22-year-old man Campbelltown man ran over his 18-year-old girlfriend, killing her.
• Police shot a 33-year-old man at Tatura in the Goulburn Valley when he rushed at them with a knife after a woman called asking for help.
• A 51-year-old man waiting for a train at Bankstown Railway Station was repeatedly punched to the ground by a man while a woman stood by to take his cash and mobile phone.
• A 34-year-old Wollongong man has been charged over a home invasion on the South Coast. Police say he took the 23-year-old man from the home to an ATM machine and demanded money, then stole his car.
• A 45-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault and four counts of raping a 16-year-old girl in Fairfield.
• An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital with stab wounds after a brawl on George Street in the city. A 20-year-old and a 19-year-old from inner Sydney suburbs were charged.

• A 39-year-old man was charged with the rape and murder of his 10-year-old girl daughter at Bribie Island north of Brisbane.
• A 19-year-old woman died after being stabbed in the chest by a 30-year-old man in Bowen.
• A man was stabbed during an argument at the Mackay Base Hospital.
• A 21-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in a carpark in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast.
• Another person is in hospital after being slashed from neck to chest at Nobbys Beach.
• Two men raped a woman at knifepoint at Marsden, South of Brisbane.
• In Townsville a 23-year-old man threatened residents with a sword in Railway Estate.
• A 45-year-old man was charged with torturing a 17-year-old man at Ipswich, west of Brisbane. The man had been tied up by his wrists and bashed on the head and back with a metal bar.
• A 46-year-old man Kingaroy man was charge with 35 counts of rape and indecent treatment and assault of children.
• South of Brisbane, Logan detectives are investigating the rape of a 37-year-old woman at Marsden. The woman told police two men forced their way into her home and assaulted her in front of her child.

South Australia
• The murdered body of a 22-year-old woman was found in the middle of a sports oval in the West Parklands.
• A 43-year-old man from the northern suburbs was charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of gross indecency in regards to one female child.

• Two men from Benalla will face court today over the serious assault of a man in the town at the weekend. The 33-year-old man was hit with a baseball bat at a car wash in Bridge Street.
• A 21-year-old man at Cowes on Phillip Island was walking along the Esplanade when another man offered him a lift home before driving to a car park in Church Street and raping him.

Northern Territory
• In Tennant Creek, a man attacked two elderly men and threatened one of them with a knife before stealing his ute.

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