The accused: Gabriela Woutersz arrives at court last year in the back of a police van Photo: Rohan Thomson
A young woman with mental health problems sought help at The Canberra Hospital two days before she allegedly murdered her mother in brutal fashion at their family home it has been revealed.
But Gabriela Woutersz, 24, was not admitted for treatment at the hospital, and instead went home and later allegedly killed Norma Cheryl Woutersz, 56.
- Personal freedoms may be "redrawn" in the wake of the Martin Place siege, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says, despite an initial report finding 18 calls were made to the National Security Hotline about gunman Man Haron Monis in the days prior to the attack.
- A staff member has been sacked and a second has quit as investigations into an alleged $1.65 million embezzlement at the ACT Public Trustee's Office continue.
- The ACT government was warned of "extreme risks" associated with iiNet's free Wi-Fi proposal for Canberra, including protection from viruses and oversight, before awarding the company a contract.
- Most of Canberra's clubs are now using cash-out machines that critics say are a way to dodge the $250 a day limit on ATM withdrawals.
- Performance management in Australian Public Service workplaces is unfair, inconsistent and lets dud bureaucrats off the hook, rank-and-file staff says.
- A man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle smash in Canberra's northern suburbs on Friday night, police said.
- Disability advocacy groups are concerned the ACT government's new five-year $16 million strategy to strengthen child protection may be counter-productive and harmful to parents with disabilities.
Big news you might have missed over the weekend
- Prime Minister forced to deny a media report he came up with a plan to unilaterally invade Iraq with a force of more than 3000 Australian troops to confront Islamic State.
- The Sydney Siege report has been released. Shockingly, the report found that between 9-12 December 18 calls were made to the National Security Hotline relating to Monis' Facebook posts, but ASIO, the AFP and NSW Police considered the Facebook posts "contained no indications of an imminent threat." Mr Abbott will use the report as a platform on which to announce new national security measures - Mark Kenny's analysis here.
- Retired Australian cricketer Brett Lee is the latest cricketer to be implicated in the Glenn McGrath hunting scandal that blew up over the weekend after photos of him posing with a gun next to dead African wildlife including buffalos, hyenas and an elephant were shared online.
- With Cyclone Marcia a memory and floodwaters of her aftermath receding, Queenslanders have turned to the hard grind of recovery and clean-up. The army has been called in to assist with clearing roads and schools.
ACT Brumbies skipper Stephen Moore. Photo: Jay Cronan
ACT Brumbies skipper Stephen Moore is edging closer to a starting XV comeback, but the club has put an undetermined timeframe on flanker David Pocock's return from an ankle injury.
- The Canberra Greyhound Racing Club hopes to invest $30,000 in a new security system to strengthen its bid to stamp out illegal live baiting, adamant the scandal revealed last week is not a problem in Canberra.
- The Titans crisis has deepened with Greg Bird facing the sack after became the latest player charged in the cocaine disaster which threatens to destroy the club.
- Canberra Capitals skipper Abby Bishop is the latest WNBL star to be snapped up by a WNBA team after signing a multi-year contract with her former side Seattle Storm.
- Jordan Rapana has given the Canberra Raiders a welcome selection headache after a strong last-ditch audition in Saturday's trial loss to Newcastle at Seiffert Oval.
- A Bangladeshi fast bowler will be sent home from the World Cup after breaking a team curfew in Brisbane, it was reported on Sunday night.
- Australian 100m record holder Melissa Breen is heeding the advice of one of our greatest sprinters as she sets her sights on running down rival Sally Pearson at the national championships in Brisbane next month.
- A disagreement with Zimbabwe's former coach left Sean Williams on the verge of retiring from cricket, now he's shaping as a key figure as the Africans look to repeat Ireland's upset win over the West Indies.
9.12am: Police are advising the Westbound left lane turning onto the Tuggeranong Parkway from Hindmarsh Drive is closed:
Collision - Hindmarsh Dr at Tuggeranong Pkwy. Westbound left lane turning oto the parkway is closed. Use alternate route or expect delays. — ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) February 22, 2015
9.10am: There has been a crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway off ramp Southbound onto Hindmarsh Drive in Lyons.
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The King and Queen of Norway will visit the Australian War Memorial before meeting with the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Visual Artist Luke Chiswell is welcoming the New Year with a solo show titled As It Goes at Nishi Gallery in New Acton.
Thousands of Canberrans took to Commonwealth Park on Sunday for the Colour Run. Photo: Jay Cronan.
The opportunity to run amok beside Lake Burley Griffin and get showered in a whole lot of fluoro paint is what it took to get Canberrans out of bed early on a Sunday morning.
The experimental arts festival You Are Here is returning to Canberra with iridescent bike riders around the lake, a sleepover in a gallery foyer and a theatre performance in a record store.
Iris Glomm-White, 4 of Red Hill, was at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra on Sunday night to welcome the King and Queen of Norway. Photo: Melissa Adams
We are also looking for entries to our summer photo comp! You can win $1000 if you get your pics in to email@example.com by February 28. More info and pics here.
Today: A partly cloudy day with light winds is expected in Canberra with a forecast minimum of 15 degrees and a top of 31 degrees.
The rest of the week: Tuesday, possible thunderstorm - min 16, max 25; Wednesday, shower or two - min 16, max 25; Thursday, partly cloudy - min 14, max 29, Friday, partly cloudy - min 14, max 31.