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Man blames sleeping tablets after stabbing wife to death, pleads not guilty to murder

Mark Russell A man was "feeling blank, like nothing" before he stabbed his wife 15 times after taking a number of sleeping tablets during the night, a court has heard.

Father of four threatened to kill estranged wife weeks before stabbing her to death, court hears

Mark Russell A father of four laughed when asked if he was crazy after threatening to kill his estranged wife just weeks before he stabbed her to death, a court has heard.

Court hears victim of alleged murder stabbed in eyes as her children slept

Mark Russell A man murdered his estranged wife in her bedroom before stabbing her in the eyes after she was dead as their four children slept nearby, a court has heard.

UK counterterrorism police in Melbourne for alleged Anzac Day terror plot


Tammy Mills, Adam Cooper, Mark Russell Counterterrorism police from Britain who provided information leading to raids in Melbourne on Saturday have flown in to assist the Anzac Day terror plot investigation.

Rekiah O'Donnell faced 'constant abuse, threats' from boyfriend Nelson Lai before being shot dead

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Mark Russell A woman had been in an extremely abusive relationship with her boyfriend before he shot her dead, a court has heard.

Man claims taking too many sleeping tablets made him stab his wife 15 times

Mark Russell The daughter of a man who said sleeping tablets caused him to kill his wife, said she was woken by her mother's screams the night of her death.

Defendant blames sleeping tablets for triggering fatal attack on wife

Mark Russell A man has blamed sleeping tablets for causing him to stab to death his wife of 21 years, a court has heard.

Jamie Pettingill walks free over theft, threat to cut off boy's face

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Mark Russell, Adam Cooper The son of one of the men acquitted of the Walsh Street police shootings who threatened to cut a schoolboy's face off has walked free from court.

Six years' jail for bikie associate who ambushed and shot victim

Mark Russell A bikie gang associate gunman who ambushed and shot a man twice after he had kidnapped and tortured a female friend of the gunman has been jailed for six and a half years.

IBAC hearing: Application for excessive-force case to be held in secret


Mark Russell Lawyers for two Ballarat police officers accused of using excessive force against a vulnerable woman have applied to the Supreme Court to have an anti-corruption hearing into the claims held in...

Win for third wife, but Yoda the dog gets $50k in lord mayor's will

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Mark Russell The third wife of the late former Melbourne lord mayor Irvin Rockman - who changed his will to leave $50,000 to his rottweiler Yoda - has won a court victory to gain access to the financial records...

Bankrupt Antony Guss put 'undue pressure' on his 93-year-old grandmother in $1m bid for estate

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Mark Russell A Supreme Court judge has found the bankrupt son of a Melbourne lawyer put ‘‘undue pressure’’ on his frail 93-year-old grandmother to try to get her to change her will.

Portland murder accused not formally interviewed until 14 years later

Robert Penny, 83, appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.

Nino Bucci, Mark Russell The man who allegedly murdered two women in a Portland hair salon claims he was not formally interviewed by police until 14 years after the killings, despite being the husband of one of the victims.

Man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s baby daughter to stand trial

Mark Russell A man accused of murdering his girlfriend's baby daughter more than a decade ago will stand trial in August in Wangaratta.

Robert Penny charged with murder of wife and hairdresser in Portland salon

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Mark Russell and Adam Cooper The elderly husband of one of two women killed in Portland almost 24 years ago has appeared in court, charged with their murders.

Traumatised police officer forced to resign after having loaded gun pointed at his head

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Mark Russell A senior police officer traumatised after having a loaded gun pointed at him by an ice addict during a routine surveillance operation was suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder and had...

Lawyer Alan Munt jailed for swindling $5m from clients, police slammed for not investigating case

Mark Russell A Supreme Court judge has savaged Victoria Police over its refusal, because of a lack of resources, to investigate a lawyer who had swindled nearly $5 million from clients.

Man shot by police found guilty of pointing loaded gun at an officer

Mark Russell An unemployed ice addict living in a penthouse apartment has been found guilty of pointing a loaded gun at a police officer in a Docklands car park before he was shot.

Woman admits stabbing to death her first cousin

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Mark Russell A mother of three exhausted, from a lack of sleep when caring for her baby daughter, fatally stabbed her first cousin at their childhood home, a court has heard.

Man wins retrial on sexual assault charges

Mark Russell A man jailed for 15 years for sexually abusing his wife's two younger sisters, two foster children and his own daughter from 1966 to 1998 has had his convictions quashed on appeal and will face a...