Shaun Barker’s killers sentenced to life in prison over ‘horrific’ murder

Stephen Armitage poses in a shirt that says 'Female Body Investigator'

Stephen Armitage played the victim when police knocked on his door and raided his home in July 2014.

The reality was anything but — nine months earlier he had carried out the brutal torture and murder of a young father, burning his body and dumping the remains in a Queensland forest.

A police investigation was triggered when a skull was discovered, and experts were able to identify it as belonging to missing Gold Coast man Shaun Barker.

PHOTO: Police alleged Shaun Barker was murdered over an unpaid drug debt. (Supplied: Facebook)
The arrival of homicide detectives probing Mr Barker’s murder was a clear sign that Armitage had become a prime suspect, but even then he was confident of getting away with it.

Later it would emerge just how cocky he was, with the victim’s sister accusing him of posting a bizarre photo on social media where he posed shirtless in bed with a skull, while his hands were tied to the bedhead.

via Shaun Barker’s killers sentenced to life in prison over ‘horrific’ murder – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Qantas posts $607 million first-half profit

Qantas has posted a net profit of $607 million, for the six-month period ended December 2017.

This result is higher than its first-half profit of $515 million from the previous year.

Qantas disclosed an income tax expense of $250 million, but will not pay tax due to the “utilisation of of carry-forward tax losses and other temporary differences”, according to its interim financial report, released this morning.

The Australian airline also announced it will buy back $378 million worth of its shares.

“Today’s result comes from investing in areas that provide margin growth and a network strategy that makes sure we have the right aircraft on the right route,” chief executive Alan Joyce said.

As for its interim dividend, the company will pay shareholders 7 cents per shares, unfranke

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Billy Graham, evangelical preacher dubbed ‘America’s Pastor’, dies aged 99

Head shot of Billy Graham speaking at microphone

Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life and was a confidant of presidents, has died at the age of 99.

“America’s Pastor” had suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments and died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

More than anyone else, Mr Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivalled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the US.

His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist bloc.

via Billy Graham, evangelical preacher dubbed ‘America’s Pastor’, dies aged 99 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion break silence in first interview

Nationals Party Leader Barnaby Joyce has a soft drink on Wednesday evening.BARNABY Joyce and his pregnant partner Vikki Campion have broken their silence over the affair that has rocked the Turnbull Government.

In an interview with Fairfax Media, the Deputy PM and Ms Campion said they fear their baby son will be viewed “somehow less worthy than other children”.
The couple claimed they had been “forced out” of their rent-free townhouse in Armidale due to media intrusion as they appealed to politicians and members of the public to give them privacy.
“It’s time to move on,” the Nationals Leader told Fairfax Media.

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Disease similar to mad cow disease claims life in Queensland

Queensland Health was ­notified of the confirmed case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) last month.A PERSON has died after ­contracting a rare illness similar to mad cow disease.

Queensland Health was ­notified of the confirmed case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) last month.

While the health service could not confirm the person’s age, gender or where they were from due to privacy reasons, its online notifiable conditions ­report stated the patient presented to the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

There is no cure for CJD, a rapidly progressive and fatal neurodegenerative human prion disease.

A spokesman said the case was initially reported to Queensland Health in 2017, with additional testing taking several months.

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