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Daiane Pelegrini murder: Accused killer David Tran a ‘recluse’, his family say

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A young man accused of breaking into his ex-lover’s home, lying in wait and murdering her is a recluse who refused to talk to his own family or leave his bedroom.

David Tran, 25, has been charged with stalking and murdering Brazilian-born Sydney mother Daiane Pelegrini after she arrived home in Sydney’s northwest on Monday afternoon.   

Tran allegedly clambered up onto Ms Pelegrini’s balcony and waited for her and her new man Steven Qaqos to return to her Oatlands unit.

He is then accused of stabbing nursing student Ms Pelegrini, 33, in the chest between 4.30pm and 4.50pm. Mr Qaqos was injured but managing to escape and raise the alarm.

The accused killer’s distraught sister, Julie, told Daily Mail Australia that Tran was a stranger even to his own family. Ms Tran said the family had fallen out with him about six months ago – although they still lived in the same house.

‘He just keeps to himself in his room, he doesn’t talk to anyone,’ she said.

Family members told Daily Mail Australia they felt 'like zombies' after the sudden death of Brazilian-born nursing student Daiane Pelegrini at her Oatlands, Sydney home on Monday

Family members told Daily Mail Australia they felt 'like zombies' after the sudden death of Brazilian-born nursing student Daiane Pelegrini at her Oatlands, Sydney home on Monday

Family members told Daily Mail Australia they felt ‘like zombies’ after the sudden death of Brazilian-born nursing student Daiane Pelegrini at her Oatlands, Sydney home on Monday 

David Tran, 25, allegedly climbed up the balcony of Brazilian Daiane Pelegrini's home before stabbing her in the chest when she walked in

David Tran, 25, allegedly climbed up the balcony of Brazilian Daiane Pelegrini's home before stabbing her in the chest when she walked in

David Tran, 25, allegedly climbed up the balcony of Brazilian Daiane Pelegrini’s home before stabbing her in the chest when she walked in

Ms Pelegrini had recently started dating another man who was allegedly injured during the incident on Monday

Ms Pelegrini had recently started dating another man who was allegedly injured during the incident on Monday

Ms Pelegrini had recently started dating another man who was allegedly injured during the incident on Monday 

‘To be honest, we had a domestic thing happen last year and we haven’t spoken to him,’ she said.

‘We haven’t been a family pretty much for a long time. We don’t talk to him, I don’t talk to him.

‘I haven’t seen his face at all lately … When I’m outside, he stays in his room. When he’s outside, I stay in my room.’

The family only learned their son and brother was allegedly involved in a murder they had seen mentioned on the TV news when reporters knocked on their front door.

Nursing student Daiane Pelegrini leaves behind an eight-year-old daughter

Nursing student Daiane Pelegrini leaves behind an eight-year-old daughter

Nursing student Daiane Pelegrini leaves behind an eight-year-old daughter

A distraught Ms Tran said she had never known her brother, one of four siblings, to have friends or a girlfriend and said she believed he had been studying.

Ms Pelegrini had an eight-year-old girl with her former husband Marcelo Antunes de Ataide and the two were on relatively good terms.

Mr De Ataide said he had only learned about Tran from their daughter, who was with him at the time of the alleged killing. 

‘I learned about David when I went to pick up my daughter and I was driving home,’ the gem salesman said.

‘I asked her about if (Ms Pelegrini) had a boyfriend, she said “no, she has a friend”. I said, “do you know him?”

‘She said no, his name is David … he was chasing my mum’.   

Paramedics performed CPR on Daiane Pelegrini before she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and later died

Paramedics performed CPR on Daiane Pelegrini before she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and later died

Paramedics performed CPR on Daiane Pelegrini before she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and later died

Multiple emergency crews were called to a street in Oatlands on Monday night, where the mother was allegedly stabbed multiple times

Multiple emergency crews were called to a street in Oatlands on Monday night, where the mother was allegedly stabbed multiple times

Multiple emergency crews were called to a street in Oatlands on Monday night, where the mother was allegedly stabbed multiple times

Mr De Ataide said Tran had met Ms Pelegrini out the front of her home on previous occasions.

He said his daughter had been interviewed by detectives and was ‘crying all night’.

Her beloved cat, Tambourine, was left behind at the crime scene and the family ‘don’t want to lose anyone else’.

The eight-year-old girl has been interviewed by detectives.  

Mr De Ataide earlier told Nine News of his former partner: ‘She was a really good mother, she was the best mum and would do anything for her daughter.

‘We are devastated, we have a good family in Brazil and my daughter doesn’t want to leave Australia and her friends. 

‘She is a nice person. Her mum passed away two years ago and it was really hard for her, she has been struggling. When she lost her mum, it was like half of her life.’ 

Four ambulance crews attended the critical scene in Oatlands, along with CareFlight

Four ambulance crews attended the critical scene in Oatlands, along with CareFlight

Four ambulance crews attended the critical scene in Oatlands, along with CareFlight

Ms Pelegrini had been studying nursing part time at the University of Western Sydney. 

She worked at aged care facility The Residential Gardens in Rooty Hill. 

Ms Pelegrini’s neighbour Nigel said she had lived with children and several other adults in what appeared to be a ‘normal family’.

‘They seemed normal, nothing out of the ordinary. We only met them once or twice but never heard screaming or anything much from them.’

Tran, from Lurnea, was charged with murder, assaulting Ms Pelegrini’s boyfriend, using a carriage service to menace, harass or stalk Ms Pelegrini and entering a dwelling with intent to cause a serious indictable offence – stalking or intimidating. 

Tran was refused bail at Parramatta Local Court this morning, with his lawyer Mostafa Daoudie declining to comment. 

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Tragedy of autistic boy Willian Wall found dead in bushland a day after he went missing in Victoria

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For 32 excruciating hours there was hope that missing autistic teenager William Wall, 14, would be found alive – that he would walk out of the dense bushland outside Melbourne dazed and with a few scratches, but otherwise unscathed.

William was last seen going for a jog on Tuesday – his disappearance sparking a massive search, and the tearful appeals of his distraught family tugging at the nation’s heartstrings.   

But the sad reality is the search for William – hampered by Stage Four covid restrictions that stopped volunteers joining the hunt –  was never going to have a happy ending. 

 When police put out the news on Wednesday afternoon the autistic teenager had been found dead it was accompanied by an ominous statement. 

‘His death is not being treated as suspicious and police will prepare a report for the Coroner,’ it read. 

It can now be tragically confirmed that William’s death was from suicide. 

William Wall (Pictured), 14, was found dead at Yarra Junction, Melbourne on Wednesday, 32 hours after going missing on his daily jog on Tuesday

William Wall (Pictured), 14, was found dead at Yarra Junction, Melbourne on Wednesday, 32 hours after going missing on his daily jog on Tuesday

William Wall (Pictured), 14, was found dead at Yarra Junction, Melbourne on Wednesday, 32 hours after going missing on his daily jog on Tuesday

William's distraught father Shane (pictured) struggled to fight back tears as he thanked volunteers, police, the SES and family members who had been searching all night

William's distraught father Shane (pictured) struggled to fight back tears as he thanked volunteers, police, the SES and family members who had been searching all night

William’s distraught father Shane (pictured) struggled to fight back tears as he thanked volunteers, police, the SES and family members who had been searching all night

Hours earlier, police had come under fire after worried locals had been turned away from helping the search efforts. 

As far as they knew, the 14-year-old had gone out for his daily jog along the Yarra Ranges’ Warburton Trail at 6.45am on Tuesday, promising his family he would be back in 15 minutes. 

But he never returned to his home in Launching Place. 

It remains unknown how long WIlliam had been dead before his body was found. 

In all likeliness, the search – perhaps unbeknown to those that participated – was a recovery mission from the start.  

William’s disappearance had sparked an air and ground search involving about 100 personnel from Victoria Police and the State Emergency Service.

But police appeared keen to enforce Melbourne’s stage four coronavirus restrictions, which includes staying within a five kilometre radius from home.

William’s two older brothers and friends, who spent Tuesday night with rescuers looking for him on dirt bikes were stopped from continuing their search the next day.

‘We’ve been told by all the police, saying we’re not allowed to help because we’re beyond the five kilometre radius, which is going to put more of a delay in finding him,’ his older brother Harrison told Seven News.

Family friend Flynn Cousens added: ‘I’d rather go outside the five kilometre radius and find him than stick to five kilometres and let him stay out there another night.’ 

William's older brother Harrison Wall (pictured) was stopped by police from continuing the search due to Melbourne's strict stage four lockdown restrictions

William's older brother Harrison Wall (pictured) was stopped by police from continuing the search due to Melbourne's strict stage four lockdown restrictions

William’s older brother Harrison Wall (pictured) was stopped by police from continuing the search due to Melbourne’s strict stage four lockdown restrictions

It’s understood William’s body was found in bushland at the end of a residential street less than two kilometres from his home.

Last night, William’s family gathered at the blocked off road near where his body was found. 

Distraught rescuers and locals were also seen consoling each other at the scene.

Family friend Tyson Truscott said the Walls would be shattered by the tragedy. 

‘He was a great kid. There is nothing bad about him. He loved going for runs, he went flat out,’ he told the Herald Sun.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the outcome as very sad news.

‘My heart goes out to William’s family and loved ones. Thank you to all those who were involved in the search,’ he tweeted on Wednesday night.

Federal health minister Greg Hunt added: ‘ So deeply sorry to hear of the loss of William Wall. Just a terrible, terrible loss of a beautiful young life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends and the Yarra Ranges community.’

Friends console each other at the scene after police confirmed William's body had been found

Friends console each other at the scene after police confirmed William's body had been found

Friends console each other at the scene after police confirmed William’s body had been found

Distraught rescuers console each other after William Wall's body was found on Wednesday

Distraught rescuers console each other after William Wall's body was found on Wednesday

Distraught rescuers console each other after William Wall’s body was found on Wednesday

The search entered its second day on Wednesday after rescue crews spent overnight searching the area after temperatures plummeted to 7C.

Locals fumed after being advised to keep an eye out for William, but not to breach Melbourne’s stage four COVID-19 restrictions by limiting outdoor time to two hours and staying within the five kilometre radius from home.

 ‘In line with coronavirus restrictions, at this stage we do not require any assistance from the public,’ a post on the Eyewatch Yarra Ranges Police Facebook read on Tuesday night.

‘We want to say a big thank you however, for the all the offers we have received.’

Police later claimed their position had nothing to do with lockdown.

‘This is not to do with COVID,’ local police commander Inspector Jason Goddard told reporters.

‘We don’t want to bring this into a COVID conversation. What we are doing is focusing our search on Will.

‘If the resourcing we have on the ground here and deployed today is not adequate we will ask for more resources.’

Locals vented their anger at police during a tense meeting. 

‘If that my kid out there, I would want every person on the ground out there, just having a look,’ one resident said.

An ambulance leaves the street in Yarra Junction where William's body was found

An ambulance leaves the street in Yarra Junction where William's body was found

An ambulance leaves the street in Yarra Junction where William’s body was found

Distraught rescuers at the scene comfort each other after the search came to a tragic end

Distraught rescuers at the scene comfort each other after the search came to a tragic end

Distraught rescuers at the scene comfort each other after the search came to a tragic end

Bush Search and Rescue Victoria volunteers are pictured outside Warburton Police station ahead of the search, hours before William was found dead

Bush Search and Rescue Victoria volunteers are pictured outside Warburton Police station ahead of the search, hours before William was found dead

Bush Search and Rescue Victoria volunteers are pictured outside Warburton Police station ahead of the search, hours before William was found dead 

SES personnel depart the Warburton Police state ahead of the search for missing autistic boy William Wall, who was later found dead

SES personnel depart the Warburton Police state ahead of the search for missing autistic boy William Wall, who was later found dead

SES personnel depart the Warburton Police state ahead of the search for missing autistic boy William Wall, who was later found dead

William’s distraught father Shane struggled to fight back tears as he thanked volunteers, police, the SES and family members who had been searching all night.

‘I just want everyone to be safe,’ he told reporters on Wednesday afternoon, hours before police confirmed his son had been found dead. 

‘I never want to be in this situation but the people around here are fantastic. I mean, I’ve been in the valley for a long time and come from overseas but this has just blown me away.’

‘Actual support from local people, the Facebook community and the noticeboards and that, fantastic. Top notch and the police and SES, again, it has been great.’

‘I have hardly spoken to my wife much but they are liaising with them to look after her and I’m out helping where I can.’

At the time, he was still hopeful William would be found alive, adding his son was ‘pretty hardcore’ and knew the area well.

Police advised volunteers to stay home instead of search for William, saying: 'At this stage we do not require any assistance from the public'

Police advised volunteers to stay home instead of search for William, saying: 'At this stage we do not require any assistance from the public'

Police advised volunteers to stay home instead of search for William, saying: ‘At this stage we do not require any assistance from the public’

William's dad Shane Wall fought back tears during a press conference on Wednesday, several hours before the search for his son came to a tragic end

William's dad Shane Wall fought back tears during a press conference on Wednesday, several hours before the search for his son came to a tragic end

William’s dad Shane Wall fought back tears during a press conference on Wednesday, several hours before the search for his son came to a tragic end

Mr Wall said his ‘energetic, very athletic’ son loved exercise and had dreams of joining the police force or the army when he got older. 

William had a younger sister, Sophie, and two older brothers Jake and Harrison, who joined the search effort on Tuesday night.

William’s disappearance had come three months after non-verbal autistic teen William Callaghan became separated from his family during a walk at Mount Disappointment, 60km north of Melbourne.

The teen spent two nights alone before being miraculously found safe and well.  

For William’s family, there would be no happy ending. 

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Police blocked off this road in Yarra Junction after William Wall's body was found

Police blocked off this road in Yarra Junction after William Wall's body was found

Police blocked off this road in Yarra Junction after William Wall’s body was found

 

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Donald Trump REFUSES to commit to a peaceful transfer of power

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President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election – and declined to do so.

‘Well, we’ll have to see what happens,’ said Trump, when pressed on the matter at the White House.

It was a similar comment to those he made in 2016 when asked similar questions.

After refusing to go along with a pledge, the president attacked Democrats and delivered swipes that appeared to be directed at mail-in voting, the subject of his frequent attacks at the White House and at campaign rallies.

'Get rid of the ballots and you¿ll have a very peaceful ¿ there won¿t be a transfer frankly, there¿ll be a continuation,' President Donald Trump said, in a likely reference to mail-in ballots

'Get rid of the ballots and you¿ll have a very peaceful ¿ there won¿t be a transfer frankly, there¿ll be a continuation,' President Donald Trump said, in a likely reference to mail-in ballots

‘Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation,’ President Donald Trump said, in a likely reference to mail-in ballots

‘Win lose or draw in this election will you commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the election?’ Trump was asked at the top of his press briefing. 

‘Well, we’ll have to see what happens,’ Trump replied – entertaining the question, but also refusing to commit. 

His questioner pointed to ‘rioting’ in U.S. cities, and asked if Trump would commit to making sure there is a peaceful transfer of power after the election. 

‘You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster,’ he said, in a likely reference to mail-in ballots. Trump regularly says they are rife with fraud, although a handful of states use them for elections.    

Trump was asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer 'win, lose, or draw' in his race against Democrat Joe Biden

Trump was asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer 'win, lose, or draw' in his race against Democrat Joe Biden

Trump was asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer ‘win, lose, or draw’ in his race against Democrat Joe Biden

A man wears a shirt supporting U.S. President Donald Trump while waiting in a socially distant line to vote on the first day of early voting for the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., September 18, 2020

A man wears a shirt supporting U.S. President Donald Trump while waiting in a socially distant line to vote on the first day of early voting for the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., September 18, 2020

A man wears a shirt supporting U.S. President Donald Trump while waiting in a socially distant line to vote on the first day of early voting for the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., September 18, 2020

Trump appeared to be referencing mail-in ballots when he said: 'Get rid of the ballots and you¿ll have a very peaceful ¿ there won¿t be a transfer frankly, there¿ll be a continuation'

Trump appeared to be referencing mail-in ballots when he said: 'Get rid of the ballots and you¿ll have a very peaceful ¿ there won¿t be a transfer frankly, there¿ll be a continuation'

Trump appeared to be referencing mail-in ballots when he said: ‘Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation’

Trump was asked about a peaceful transfer as police clashed with protesters marching through the streets of Louisville after a grand jury chose not to indict three officers in the death of Breonna Taylor on Wednesday afternoon

Trump was asked about a peaceful transfer as police clashed with protesters marching through the streets of Louisville after a grand jury chose not to indict three officers in the death of Breonna Taylor on Wednesday afternoon

Trump was asked about a peaceful transfer as police clashed with protesters marching through the streets of Louisville after a grand jury chose not to indict three officers in the death of Breonna Taylor on Wednesday afternoon

‘Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation,’ Trump said.

‘Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation.’ – President Donald Trump 

He continued: ‘The ballots are out of control. You know if. And you know who knows it better than anybody else, the Democrats,’ he said.

The president quickly moved on to other questions about the coronavirus and charges for an officer involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

The president’s dodge came on a day when the Atlantic published an article titled The Election that Could Break America that played out scenarios where Trump would refuse to accept results amid court cases and recounts, and rejects the outcome even if rival Joe Biden appears to have won or be within sight of prevailing in the Electoral College. 

The president made the comment as some of his fiercest critics have accused him of making moves toward authoritarianism. Biden said this summer trump will ‘try to steal’ but said he is convinced the military ‘will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.’

The president faces the backdrop of ongoing investigations by prosecutors in New York that could implicate the president if he were to leave office. 

On Wednesday, a New York judge ruled that Eric Trump must comply with a subpoena in a probe that extends to Trump Organization statements when obtaining financing for projects. 

Trump concluded the briefing saying he had to take an ’emergency phone call’ and turned the podium over to coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas.  

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Competition for work during the COVID-19 pandemic is seeing thousands of hopefuls apply for the same job. 

One employment ad on Seek for a dishwasher in Sydney saw over 6,000 applicants, while a position for someone to hand out flyers on the street prompted almost 2,800 responses. 

A Sydney woman who applied for the role doing street promotion spoke candidly about her struggles trying to find work during the coronavirus crisis.

One role Ms Perkins hoped to get (job ad pictured) received about 2,800 applicants alone

One role Ms Perkins hoped to get (job ad pictured) received about 2,800 applicants alone

One role Ms Perkins hoped to get (job ad pictured) received about 2,800 applicants alone

Karen Perkins is currently receiving JobSeeker after her business was derailed by the pandemic and she’s now applying for up to 30 positions a month.

But with so much many other also applying for the same job, she told Daily Mail Australia the process is becoming increasingly disheartening.   

‘I have a medical condition and have partial work capacity which restricts me from working full time. I’m also in my 50s,’ Ms Perkins said.

‘I was applying for a few office and administration jobs prior to COVID and there were about 100 to 200 applicants per job.

‘But in the month of August it’s was least 600 or higher for every job.’

One job ad posted online showed over 6000 Sydneysiders applied for a role as a dishwasher

One job ad posted online showed over 6000 Sydneysiders applied for a role as a dishwasher

One job ad posted online showed over 6000 Sydneysiders applied for a role as a dishwasher

For the past decade Ms Perkins had been running a successful business called Clear and Clutterfree as a professional organiser.

The interesting and unusual profession was made famous by the Japanese Tidying Up queen Marie Kondo in her smash hit Netflix show.

‘I help people set up for success and bring a bit of organisation in their home or office,’ Ms Perkins said.

Karen Perkins is currently receiving JobSeeker after her business was derailed by the pandemic

Karen Perkins is currently receiving JobSeeker after her business was derailed by the pandemic

Karen Perkins is currently receiving JobSeeker after her business was derailed by the pandemic

She learned art of tidying up while working for the Salvation Army.  

Ms Perkins would often be called out to collect items from homes which had been gathering dust in the corner.

She became so good at deciding what to keep and where to put it, others starting calling on her services professionally. 

‘The work tends to be very one-off and sporadic, but I was getting regular inquiries and clients’, she said.

But since the onset of the coronavirus, her business has been decimated.

But despite the strain on the jobs market, official ABS unemployment figures recently improved, dropping from 7.5 per cent in July to 6.8 per cent in August.

Ms Perkings said in the past two weeks she has noticed the number of job applicants for each role have declined, but she’s not convinced the situation is actually getting any better.

‘I think people are just giving up because they’re tired of seeing these high numbers,’ she said.

‘They think what’s the point, the competition is too high.’

With so much competition to find work, Ms perkins said the hunt to find work is becoming increasingly disheartening

With so much competition to find work, Ms perkins said the hunt to find work is becoming increasingly disheartening

With so much competition to find work, Ms perkins said the hunt to find work is becoming increasingly disheartening

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