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Canberra mornings: February 23, 2015

Today's top stories

Catherine Dummett with her dog Buster. Photo: Jamila Toderas

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.


Big news you might have missed over the weekend


Greg Inglis during a training session at Orrell Rugby Union Club in Wigan, England yesterday. Photo: Getty

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.

Road closures

9.12am: Police are advising the Westbound left lane turning onto the Tuggeranong Parkway from Hindmarsh Drive is closed:

9.10am: There has been a crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway off ramp Southbound onto Hindmarsh Drive in Lyons. 

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

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. 

Canberra Life

Aleksi Roberts, Katie Dougherty, James Wiltshire, Sierra Wiltshire, 4, Melissa Wiltshire, Pauly Gibbons, Charlotte Cuttle and Tom Scrutton get ready for the Colour Run on Sunday. Photo: Jay Cronan

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.


Pic of the day

The 800 metres track champion Brittany McGowan at the AIS track. Photo: Rohan Thomson

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 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.