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Canberra mornings: March 3, 2015

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Tara Costigan. Photo: Supplied

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.


AB de Villiers of South Africa is in brilliant form. Photo: Getty Images

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.

Road closures

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:

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.

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

What's on today

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.

Canberra Life

Two Before Ten owner Chris Dennis in the library that will be part of the Bolt Bar and Two Before Ten at Aranda shops.

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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Pic of the day

Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre pre-schoolers, from left, James Smiles, Julia Armstrong and Hugo Peat, all 4. Photo: Jamila Toderass

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.