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Rania Spooner

Rania is a crime reporter at The Age.

Point Nepean National Park site leased to developer

Rania Spooner Hours before going into caretaker mode the Napthine government appears to have rushed through approval of a lease agreement for a new luxury hot springs resort in the Point Nepean National Park.

Man accused of bashing pregnant woman 'may have been in psychotic state'


Rania Spooner A man alleged to have kicked and punched a heavily pregnant woman in the stomach and strike a police officer in the face following a car crash argument may have been in a "psychotic state," a court...

Killer dad Charles Mihayo dressed up, filmed daughters before murdering them, court told

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Rania Spooner A Melbourne father who murdered his two young daughters dressed the girls in white dresses and filmed them dancing to a song from the movie Frozen before suffocating them, a court has heard.

Police search for missing Cranbourne schoolgirl Sarah Cartledge

Missing schoolgirl Sarah Cartledge.

Rania Spooner Cranbourne schoolgirl Sarah Cartledge has been missing since Monday prompting police to call for any information on her whereabouts.

Charred remains identified in Diggers Rest boot body discovery

Kenan Balikel has been identified as the body found in a burnt-out car in Diggers Rest last week.

Tammy Mills and Rania Spooner Police have identified the mysterious burnt body-in-the-boot found at Diggers Rest last week as Footscray man Kenan Balikel.

Victorian Court of Appeal quashes child sex convictions after botched trial

Rania Spooner A man accused of sexually abusing three children has had his convictions quashed and a retrial ordered by the Victorian Court of Appeal.

Guy blocks plan to build open-cut gold mine metres from homes

Rejected: A proposal to develop an open-cut gold mine metres from homes has been blocked by Planning Minister Matthew Guy.

Rania Spooner A highly-contested proposal to develop an open-cut gold mine metres from homes in Victoria's west has been rejected by the Planning Minister for posing too great a risk to the environment and nearby...

Labor vows to protect green wedges

Labor planning spokesman Brian Tee (far right) and Eltham candidate Vicki Ward (second from left) at Kangaroo Ground.

Rania Spooner and Tom Arup Labor has vowed to maintain the boundaries of Melbourne's prized green wedges if it forms government at the state election and pledged to impose further limits on what can be built in the areas.

Milk-bar owning child sex offender hits out at victim

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Vanessa Desloires and Rania Spooner A convicted child sex offender who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenager at his milk bar has lashed out at his victim, accusing him of lying and of stealing money from his shop.

Elderly woman in serious condition after being hit by truck

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Rania Spooner An Elderly woman has been taken to hospital with serious leg and chest injuries after being struck by a truck in Melbourne's inner north.

Man accused of murdering pastry chef Renea Lau to be reinterviewed

Renea Lau in 2010.

Rania Spooner The man accused of raping and murdering pastry chef Renea Lau in Melbourne's Kings Domain needs to be reinterviewed by a psychiatrist before he next appears in court.

Coal generates more election heat

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Royce Millar and Rania Spooner A contentious plan to open new coalfields in the Latrobe Valley has been quietly shelved until after the state election amid ongoing public anxiety over the Hazelwood mine fire and concern within the...

Pilot killed in Chelsea light plane crash remembered as a loving father

John Stephenson, who was killed in a light air plane crash in Chelsea, was a former policeman and lawyer.

Nino Bucci, Rania Spooner and Anna Prytz The family of a pilot who died when his light plane crashed into a house in bayside Melbourne on Tuesday have spoken of their relief that nobody else was hurt in the accident.

Pilot John Stephenson dead after light plane's fiery crash into Chelsea home

Plane crashes into Chelsea home.

Rania Spooner, Anna Prytz, Nino Bucci Witnesses have described chaotic scenes after a pilot was killed when his light plane crashed into a house in bayside Melbourne.

One dead after light plane crashes into home in Chelsea


Rania Spooner, Anna Prytz Witnesses have described chaotic scenes after a pilot was killed when his light plane crashed into a house in bayside Melbourne.

Melbourne Central gang attack leaves teen with broken jaw

Police are wanting to speak to a group of youths over an attack at Melbourne Central.

Rania Spooner A group of young men are alleged to have launched an unprovoked attack on two teenagers at Melbourne Central shopping centre, in the city, leaving one with a broken jaw.

Police seize heroin, cash and luxury items in property raids


Rania Spooner A highly sophisticated and long-standing heroin trafficking ring, operating out of some of Melbourne's most sought after suburbs, had been manufacturing about $250,000 worth of the drug each week,...

German student recovering after one-punch attack

German student Manuell Gauding.

Rania Spooner Police are closing in on a couple suspected of knocking out a German student and leaving him unconscious, with a brain injury, on a South Melbourne street.

Pedestrian seriously injured in Thornbury


Rania Spooner A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after he was allegedly struck by a car in Melbourne's inner north on Tuesday morning.

Police Minister Kim Wells at centre of road intercept ordeal

Police Minister Kim Wells.

Rania Spooner Police Minister Kim Wells unwittingly found himself on the force's front line when his car was caught up in a police intercept involving an erratic driver and terrified passengers.