Marissa Calligeros

Marissa Calligeros

Marissca Calligeros covers crime, courts and property for brisbanetimes.com.au.

Somalia: Harrowing journey to reach safe haven

Marissa Calligeros The sunlight catches the small diamantes which adorn Leila Abukar’s headscarf as she walks the inner-city streets of Brisbane.

India: Bus driver by day, Kabaddi wrestling team manager by night

Parnam Heir with a traditional Indian drum.

Marissa Calligeros Cricket might be considered India’s national sport, but Parnam Heir prefers volleyball.

Samoa: Father Epati a 'bridge builder' and Taro fan

Father Epati Tamati

Marissa Calligeros Father Epati Tamati arrived in Brisbane nearly 15 years ago, after the city’s Samoan Catholic community requested a priest from their homeland.

German preschool teacher becomes the sixth NSW victim

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Lauschet and the first flowers . Photo Supplied 


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Nick Ralston, Marissa Calligeros Six years ago at a costume party, Sydney teacher Gabriele Lauschet donned a white wedding dress and was photographed with her friend and fellow staff member Andreas Schaaf.

Gerard Baden-Clay found guilty of murdering wife Allison Baden-Clay

Marissa Calligeros Allison Baden-Clay's family and friends have publicly suppressed their emotions for 18 long months, but one word summed up their view of her husband as he was convicted of her murder: "Bastard."

Baden-Clay tells court of his love for wife

Marissa Calligeros Accused killer Gerard Baden-Clay sobbed as he professed his love for his late wife from a courtroom witness box on Thursday.

Responsibility was mine, says Garrett

Former minister Peter Garrett arrives at the Home Insulation Inquiry at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Rory Callinan and Marissa Calligeros Former environment minister Peter Garrett has taken responsibility for the Labor government's failed insulation scheme, but revealed prime minister Kevin Rudd refused to approve a change to the...

After 17 agonising days, MH370 families' hopes dashed by a 26-word text

David Lawton

Marissa Calligeros A 17-day vigil for Australian families praying for loved ones aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended at 11.52 on Monday night.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: families of passengers left to ponder the worst

Paul and Danica Weeks

Marissa Calligeros The families of two missing Australian couples huddled around television screens on Thursday afternoon, fearing authorities would confirm that the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had been...

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: relatives of missing Australian passengers wait for news

David Lawton, 60, at his home in Woodridge, south of Brisbane, wonders what has happened to his younger brother Robert

Marissa Calligeros The families of two missing Queensland couples huddled around television screens on Thursday afternoon fearing authorities would confirm the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had been found.

Daniel Morcombe accused Brett Peter Cowan matched comfit images

Marissa Calligeros The man charged with Daniel Morcombe's murder admitted a comfit image of a suspect in the teenager's disappearance looked like him, a court has heard.

Journalist Peter Greste may face trial in Egypt on charges of airing 'false news'

Peter Greste

Marissa Calligeros The parents of an Australian journalist detained in Egypt say they have reached breaking point, amid news he is likely to be prosecuted for ''airing false news''.

Mourners told Bali trip latest adventure for mother and daughter as relatives wait for autopsies

Marissa Calligeros, Jeffrey Hutton Noelene and Yvana Bischoff did not live presuming they had time later. The dynamic mother and daughter - who spent their time away from work and school swimming, bungee jumping, horse riding and...

Bali deaths: bodies to be returned to Australia on Friday

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Marissa Calligeros The bodies of Queensland woman Noelene Bischoff and her 14-year-old daughter Yvana are to be returned to Australia from Bali on Friday.

Bali deaths: Bischoffs had 30 types of medication in room

Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her daughter, Yvan Jeana Yuri Bischoff pic supplied

Esther Han, Marissa Calligeros Noelene Bischoff was a seasoned traveller, ready to defeat any travel bug with a toiletry bag full of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Bali deaths: Bischoff autopsies to be carried out in Queensland

Noelene and Yvan Jeana Yuri Bischoff

Esther Han, Amilia Rosa and Marissa Calligeros Australian pathologists will perform an autopsy on the bodies of a Sunshine Coast mother and daughter who mysteriously died in Bali on Saturday, after Indonesian authorities honoured the family's...

Bali deaths: Queensland coroner will perform autopsies on Bischoffs

Marissa Calligeros, Esther Han and Amilia Rosa The Queensland Coroner will investigate the mysterious deaths of a Sunshine Coast mother and daughter in Bali at the request of the state's acting Attorney-General.

Ireland mystery woman identified as Australian Samantha Azzopardi, 25

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Anne Davies, Marissa Calligeros, Megan Levy A woman found wandering dazed and confused along Dublin's main shopping strip, and who remained unidentified for nearly a month, is believed to be Australian student Samantha Azzopardi, a 25-year-old...

Killing police worth the risk, bikies warn

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Marissa Calligeros Queensland police have been warned that members of the latest outlaw motorcycle gang to move onto the Gold Coast say they would rather kill police than be arrested and face the government's new laws.

Mother calls for attempted murder charges after son loses fingers

Michael Boggan

Melanie Kembrey, Marissa Calligeros The mother of a teenager whose hands were blown off after a homemade bomb exploded has called for the boy who threw it at him to be charged with attempted murder.