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Judge releases alleged communications between teenage terror suspect Sevdet Besim and 14-year-old UK boy over Anzac Day plot

Mark Russell A Supreme Court judge has released a chilling transcript of secret communications between a 14-year-old boy in the United Kingdom and one of the men accused of planning an Anzac Day terror attack in...

Torsten Trabert, accused in 'femme fatale' murder of Wayne Amey hoped 'black magic' would save him

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Mark Russell One of the men accused of killing a Hawthorn gym owner on the orders of a "femme fatale" had hoped black magic would help get him off a murder charge, a court has heard.

'Femme fatale' cast spell over killers

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Mark Russell Two men were under the spell of a "femme fatale" when they killed her former lover, a court has heard.

Strip club owner suing Herald Sun publisher over alleged links to bikies and corruption

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Mark Russell The owner of a strip club in Shepparton is suing the Herald Sun for defamation, claiming the newspaper destroyed her reputation by linking her club to bikies and corrupt police.

Animal welfare group denied share of jilted lover's $13.6m estate

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Mark Russell A Supreme Court judge has ruled the Victorian Animal Aid Trust is not entitled to a 20 per cent share of a $13.6 million estate in a dispute involving a bitter break-up between two lovers.

Preston the hitman, Khoury the drug lord

Nino Bucci and Mark Russell Gavin Preston was an underworld gunman who despised police informers. Adam Khoury was one of Melbourne's most prolific ice dealers, who was close to amphetamine tsar John Higgs.

Child killer Brok Hughes says he 'got carried away'

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Mark Russell A man who killed his defacto partner's three-year-old son told police the little boy had not been doing what he was told and "I got carried away", a court has heard.

Man pleads guilty to killing drug dealer while under police surveillance

Mark Russell A man under police surveillance when he gunned down a drug dealer has pleaded guilty to defensive homicide.

Woman found not guilty of intentionally killing an older woman over a mobile phone

Mark Russell A woman accused of attacking and killing a much older woman she suspected of having stolen her mobile phone at a Fawkner hotel has been found not guilty of manslaughter.

Former young businesswoman of the year Torie Mackinnon to stand trial over passenger's death

Mark Russell and Adam Cooper Torie Mackinnon - the 2012 Telstra Victorian young businesswoman of the year - will stand trial in November over the death of a passenger on her snorkel boat.

Former Melbourne Grammar School student in court charged with murder

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Mark Russell A government psychiatrist will interview in July a former Melbourne Grammar School student charged with murdering a homeless man to assess if he was psychotic.

Jill Meagher killer Adrian Bayley not eligible for parole until 2058

Convicted murderer and rapist Adrian Bayley.

Mark Russell Jill Meagher's rapist and killer, Adrian Bayley, was a hunter of vulnerable women who will be at least 86 before he could possibly walk free from prison, a court has heard.

Anthony Freeman found guilty of murdering girlfriend after argument during sex

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Mark Russell They argued during sex and then Anthony Freeman picked up a knife.

Jill Meagher rapist and killer Adrian Bayley destroyed our lives, say three women he raped

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Mark Russell Three women brutally raped by Jill Meagher's killer, Adrian Bayley, have told how he destroyed their lives.

Woman who stole $1.4m from Wangaratta retirement village loses appeal bid

Former St John's Village finance officer Coral Dyason 'abused a position of trust to fund her lifestyle'.

Mark Russell The state's highest court has rejected a bid by a woman who systematically stole more than $1.4 million from a Wangaratta retirement village to have her five-year jail term reduced.

Fatal attack sparked by a missing mobile phone, court told

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Mark Russell A missing mobile phone led to a woman being attacked and killed outside a Fawkner hotel, a court has heard.

Mother of two wins court battle after her signature was forged by her husband

The Court of Appeal has rejected loan company Southage's bid to recover a loan from a woman whose husband forged her signature.

Mark Russell The state's highest court has refused to order a lawyer and mother of two to repay a loan taken out by her now bankrupt husband using her forged signature.

Bikie jailed over terrifying home invasion wins retrial

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Mark Russell and Steve Butcher A Bandidos bikie jailed over a terrifying home invasion where the victim had a gun shoved in his mouth and the trigger pulled has won a retrial.

Morwell woman Bonnie Sawyer-Thompson accused of brutally murdering Jack Nankervis

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Mark Russell Lawyers for a Morwell woman accused of brutally murdering a man after allegedly being ordered to do so by her abusive boyfriend are seeking an expert psychiatric report to determine if she was...

Man accused of fatally stabbing his former partner to stand trial in October

Mark Russell The man accused of fatally stabbing his former partner after "rugby tackling" her in front of shoppers outside a Sunshine shopping centre will stand trial in the Supreme Court in October.