Tara Costigan, who was allegedly murdered by Marcus Rappel, in Calwell on Saturday. Photo: Supplied
Tara Costigan, the mother of a week-old baby sought court protection from her ex-partner just one day before he allegedly killed her and attacked two other people in Calwell on Saturday.
An axe-wielding Marcus Rappel is alleged to have forced his way into the Duggan Street villa on Saturday afternoon, killing Ms Costigan, inflicting grievous bodily harm on a second woman, and seriously assaulting a man in the same attack.
It is understood she had only given birth to a baby girl a week ago, and had two sons, aged nine and 11.
- ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne takes husband to Samoa three months after spouse travel ban.
- The proposed Trans Pacific Partnership is likely to have ill effects, a review has found.
- More than 8000 Immigration Department public servants are to be stripped of some of their rights to unfair dismissal appeals as part of the formation of the Australian Border Force.
- Canberra Grammar School is believed to have been included in an $18 million Commonwealth-funded national security upgrade for schools who face "attack, harassment, or violence caused by racial or religious intolerance".
- The Abbott government have given yet another strong signal they will drop the GP co-payment, with Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg saying on ABC's Q&A last night when asked what convinced the government it should be dropped "well there wasn't the public support for it". He also said earlier in the program that "my strongest bet there will be a significant change in heath policy in that respect" referring to the co-payment.
AB de Villiers of South Africa is in brilliant form. Photo: Getty Images
South Africa legend Shaun Pollock says A.B. de Villiers could produce "something really special" at the final cricket World Cup match at Manuka Oval on Tuesday.
Pollock has seen both of the South African captain's destructive innings in the last month, but he also felt there were Ireland batsmen capable of producing fireworks with the bat, as the two men with the fastest World Cup centuries go head-to-head - Ireland's Kevin O'Brien and de Villiers.
- Veteran hooker Michael Ennis has warned the Canberra Raiders to expect a rejuvenated Cronulla Sharks in the NRL season-opener, backing recruit Ben Barba to recapture his Dally M Medal-winning form.
- The NRL has beefed up the powers of its integrity unit following its bungling of South Sydney's incident in Arizona.
- James Faulkner is confident he has lost none of the batting prowess which made him Australia's master finisher before his injury as he prepares for a likely return to international cricket on Wednesday.
- As Jarryd Hayne is set to announce an NFL contract, Parramatta Eels' boss acknowledged the club has discussed holding a pre-season game in the US to capitalise on the former fullback's profile.
8.52am: Emergency services are using hydraulic rescue tools to remove the roof from one of the vehicles to free the woman.
8.44am: One female is trapped in her car and is being treated for fractured arm at that crash on Canberra Avenue, emergency services have said.
8.41am: Lanes towards Queanbeyan have been closed on Canberra Avenue:
update on Canberra Avenue collision. Both lanes are now closed eastbound. — ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) March 2, 2015
8.33am: That crash on Canberra Avenue opposite KFC was between three cars and a motorbike. Police said the motorcyclist appears to not be injured but we are seeking information on the condition of the drivers.
8.30am: There has been a car crash on Canberra Avenue near Dalby Street. More to come.
7.51am: Emergency services said a male cyclist has been taken to Calvary Hospital at around 6.50am this morning after a crash in Melba. He is being treated for shock and grazing.
7.28am: There are reports from ABC that there has been a crash between a car and a cyclist at Red Hill near the roundabout on the way to the Federal Golf Course. We are seeking more details on that one.
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South Africa will take on Ireland at Manuka Oval tonight as part of the Cricket World Cup.
Richard Denniss, the Executive Director of The Australia Institute will speak on "What economists can learn from Manning Clark" at the ANU tonight.
Joe Cinque with Anu Singh, who was found guilty of his manslaughter. Photo: Supplied
Canberra will be filled with film crews later this year, as well as some familiar faces, as production is set to begin on the long-awaited film of Joe Cinque's Consolation, the dramatisation of a Canberra murder that gripped the city in the 1990s.
The screenplay, by award-winning filmmaker Sotiris Dounoukos, has been adapted from the best-selling book by Helen Garner.
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Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre pre-schoolers, from left, James Smiles, Julia Armstrong and Hugo Peat, all 4. Photo: Jamila Toderas
Manuka Occasional childcare centre may be forced to close its doors to make way for the Canberra Services Club as part of an ACT government land swap deal.
Today: A partly cloudy day in Canberra with a 10 per cent chance of rain, a forecast minimum 11 degrees and a top of 28 degrees.
The rest of the week: Wednesday, sunny - max 30; Thursday, mostly sunny - max 25; Friday, mostly sunny - max 25.