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Drug-crazed dad Michael Rawson could walk from jail in just 16 months

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A drug fiend caught on camera attempting to kidnap a child from his father’s arms could walk free from from jail in a little over a year. 

Footage of Michael Paul Rawson, 41, attempting to kidnap the little boy shocked Australia after it was revealed by Daily Mail Australia last week. 

On Tuesday, Rawson was sentenced in the County Court of Victoria to four-and-a-half years in jail with a non-parole period of just two years and three months.  

He has already served 302 days behind bars. 

Michael Paul Rawson, 41, was deluded by a cocktail of meth and GHB when he violently tried to wrestle a little boy away from his father as they walked their dog

Michael Paul Rawson, 41, was deluded by a cocktail of meth and GHB when he violently tried to wrestle a little boy away from his father as they walked their dog

Michael Paul Rawson, 41, was deluded by a cocktail of meth and GHB when he violently tried to wrestle a little boy away from his father as they walked their dog

In sentencing the father of five, Judge Felicity Hampel said she accepted Rawson had been in a ‘transient drug induced psychotic state’ when he grabbed the boy and bashed his father. 

Rawson had been on a methylamphetamine bender for days which was topped-off by a squirt of gamma hydroxybutyrate he claimed to have found on a park bench. 

Judge Hampel said while a defence of mental impairment could not be used by Rawson to wriggle out of accepting responsibility for his actions, she said the bender had reduced his moral culpability. 

The judge accepted Rawson’s behaviour had been ‘spontaneous’ and ‘random’ while describing his actions as ‘every parent’s nightmare’. 

Rawson had just stepped out of a taxi from a police station on bail for drug charges as the boy and his father were walking their dog.

As the dad helped his son down from a seat outside Preston Library in Melbourne about 8.30pm on November 25, 2019, Rawson ran over and grabbed the child.

Rawson, a truck driver, had supposedly believed the toddler was his own estranged daughter.

The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wrestled his son back but was dragged into nearby bushes with Rawson’s arm around this neck.

He was dragged to the ground where he curled up around his son to shield him as the drug-crazed attacker repeatedly punched him in the back of the head. 

Julio Alberto ran over to help but was unable to stop Rawson pulling the child away and making a run for it down Gower Street.

Mr Alberto gave chase, grabbing him around the waist, and with the help of the boy’s father managed to wrestle the child back, along with Rawson’s black dressing gown.

A struggle ensued between Rawson – now wearing just a Hawthorn AFL jumper, grey pants, and bare feet – and two witnesses as the father comforted his child. 

Rawson took off and hid in a front garden, where he was cornered by police and charged at them when they tried to arrest him.

The father suffered a cut lip and bruises to his eye and the back of his head while his son was traumatised and screaming.

Rawson pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping, assault, causing reckless injury, resisting arrest, and assaulting an emergency officer

Rawson pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping, assault, causing reckless injury, resisting arrest, and assaulting an emergency officer

Rawson pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping, assault, causing reckless injury, resisting arrest, and assaulting an emergency officer

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The father has a conversation on the phone while his son plays in a garden outside the Preston Public Library in Melbourne

Judge Hampel described CCTV footage of the attack as ‘harrowing’. 

She said Rawson’s victims had now lost their sense of safety in their own community. 

While Judge Hampel said Rawson’s drug binge may have earned him some time off jail for the attempted kidnapping, he could not rely upon it for what happened next.  

After the attack, Rawson was taken to the Austin Hospital where he tried to escape from his bed while ‘screaming and thrashing’.

He grabbed a police officer’s wrist and squeezed and twisted it until he was restrained and strapped to the bed.

Rawson pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping, assault, reckless causing injury, resisting arrest, and assaulting an emergency officer.

Judge Hampel suggested her sentence ought send a message to the community that the court’s would punish offenders who dared to behave like Rawson. 

The maximum sentence for attempted kidnapping is 20 years, with the other assault charges carrying five year sentences each.

‘Seeing the aftermath …  the tenderness of which the father held and stroked his child after you ran away just shows how terrified he must have been and why it’s so important that the sentence reflect the denounciation and condemnation and behaviour,’ Judge Hampel said.   

Rawson runs over to the father as son as the dad helps the toddler down from the bench

Rawson runs over to the father as son as the dad helps the toddler down from the bench

Rawson runs over to the father as son as the dad helps the toddler down from the bench

Rawson grabs the child and his father desperately wrestles with him to prevent the toddler being taken away

Rawson grabs the child and his father desperately wrestles with him to prevent the toddler being taken away

Rawson grabs the child and his father desperately wrestles with him to prevent the toddler being taken away

The court heard Rawson had broken up with the mother of his five children in 2015 after an argument about housekeeping, after which his ‘world came crumbling down’.

His barrister earlier told the court he turned to the deadly drug ice to ‘increase his motivation’.

Rawson had delved into conspiracy theories and ‘constantly’ bombarded his estranged partner with screenshots of anti-vaxxer material linking vaccines to autism.

His Facebook page is littered with hundreds of bizarre images, memes, and links to conspiracy theory material.

He was dragged to the ground where he curled up around his son to shield him as the drug-crazed attacker repeatedly punched him in the back of the head

He was dragged to the ground where he curled up around his son to shield him as the drug-crazed attacker repeatedly punched him in the back of the head

 He was dragged to the ground where he curled up around his son to shield him as the drug-crazed attacker repeatedly punched him in the back of the head

A struggle ensued between Rawson - now wearing just a Hawthorn AFL jumper, grey pants, and bare feet - and two witnesses as the father comforted his child

A struggle ensued between Rawson - now wearing just a Hawthorn AFL jumper, grey pants, and bare feet - and two witnesses as the father comforted his child

A struggle ensued between Rawson – now wearing just a Hawthorn AFL jumper, grey pants, and bare feet – and two witnesses as the father comforted his child

The court heard Rawson repeatedly breached intervention orders against his ex-partner and had thumbed his nose at previous community based orders by breaching those too. 

He had prior convictions for possessing cannabis and for performing a burnout on his own wedding day. 

Rawson had not been allowed to see his children for some time before he tried to snatch the boy whom he thought was his daughter. 

Judge Hampel told the court she took into account Rawson’s previous good behaviour and work history in addition to his early plea and remorse. 

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Elderly woman is charged with murdering her autistic son more than 50 years ago

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An elderly woman has been charged with the murder of her autistic son five decades after his death. 

Maureen Anne Enright, 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane‘s south west, on Wednesday evening.   

Police will allege she murdered her son Peter John Enright who went missing sometime between 1968 and 1969 when he was aged three to four years old.

Homicide Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said Peter was born on June 17, 1965 and was one of 11 children to Maureen and Michael Enright, who passed away 2018.

Maureen Anne Enright (left), 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane's south west, on Wednesday evening

Maureen Anne Enright (left), 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane's south west, on Wednesday evening

Maureen Anne Enright (left), 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane’s south west, on Wednesday evening

He said Peter was never reported missing but a murder investigation was launched following a tip-off to police in August.

Number 35 Polaris Street has been declared a crime scene and detectives are using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter’s remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966. 

‘Today we’ve executed a crime scene warrant on the address here and we will be conducting a forensic examination on the dwelling and the yard,’ Det Insp Hansen said on Thursday.

‘There’s a number of scientific officers here, forensic scenes of crime officers and bone experts.

‘We’re optimistic at this stage but that will be dependant on a lot of environmental factors … time and acidity of soils.’

He said Maureen had given police ‘a number of versions’ of events and all family members were being questioned about the disappearance. 

Det Insp Hansen said police had obtained records of Peter’s existence and his siblings had heard stories about him.  

‘They were aware that Peter existed and they’ve given us versions for that,’ he said.

Number 35 Polaris Street (pictured) has been declared a crime scene and forensic teams are currently using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter's remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966

Number 35 Polaris Street (pictured) has been declared a crime scene and forensic teams are currently using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter's remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966

Number 35 Polaris Street (pictured) has been declared a crime scene and forensic teams are currently using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter’s remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966

‘It’s just a shocking thing that these things can happen but processes back in the 60s were obviously very different to what they are today.

‘This is the first time I’ve come across something like this.’ 

Detectives have urged anyone who lived on Polaris Street in Inala in the 1960s and 70s to contact police if they have information.  

‘They were quite well known, some of the neighbours have been here for a long time too,’ Det Insp Hansen said. 

The grandmother appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning, where her case was adjourned for a committal mention on December 11, The Courier Mail reported. 

The frail elderly woman was accompanied by three women there to offer support and required the assistance of a corrections officer to step into the dock. 

Ms Enright (pictured), 76,  appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

Ms Enright (pictured), 76,  appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

Ms Enright (pictured), 76,  appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

Police have until November 27 to tender their brief to the court and Ms Enright is not required to appear in court for the December hearing.  

Defence lawyer Jyoti Pant told reporters outside court her client would apply for bail in the Supreme Court.

‘She is frail, she is vulnerable and so understandably her family is very concerned, she’s concerned, we’re concerned,’ Ms Pant said.

‘Our primary concern at the moment is to get her out on bail and back home with her family.

‘We’ve just been provided material in relation to the charge and we’ll be going through that later today.’

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Covid-19: Aussies could be reunited by Christmas as state borders come down

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The PM: Scott Morrison pictured on Thursday wearing a new mask with the Aussie flag

The PM: Scott Morrison pictured on Thursday wearing a new mask with the Aussie flag

The PM: Scott Morrison pictured on Thursday wearing a new mask with the Aussie flag

Thousands of Australians could be re-united for Christmas as Scott Morrison prepares to meet state and territory leaders on Friday to discuss removing the country’s internal borders.

The National Cabinet meeting comes as a new report reveals Australia is losing $10billion per month due to domestic and international travel restrictions introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus.

State and territory border restrictions have been in place since April, keeping thousands of Aussies separated from their friends and family in other parts of the country.  

Last month the prime minister announced he would work with every state except Western Australia to remove internal borders by December.

WA premier Mark McGowan, who faces an election in March and has gained popularity with his hard border closure, refused to take part in the plan. 

A federal source told Daily Mail Australia that opening the borders is on the agenda for Friday’s meeting.

‘There will be continued discussions about plans for re-opening,’ the source said.

In early September, the prime minister gave a speech urging premiers to open up, saying he feared they were forgetting the federation and ‘retreating into provincialism.’

‘Australia was not built to have internal borders. In fact the very point of federation was not to have them. That was the point of Australia,’ he said.

On 16 October Australia removed quarantine requirements for travellers entering the country from New Zealand. Pictured: A family is reunited at Sydney Airport

On 16 October Australia removed quarantine requirements for travellers entering the country from New Zealand. Pictured: A family is reunited at Sydney Airport

On 16 October Australia removed quarantine requirements for travellers entering the country from New Zealand. Pictured: A family is reunited at Sydney Airport

‘We must be one and indivisible as a nation. We must be Australians first and we must not allow this crisis to force us to retreat into provincialism. That’s not the answer.’

On Thursday an EY study commissioned by the Business Council of Australia found the nation lost $78 billion from air travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the border restrictions?

New South Wales: Exemption required if coming from VIC

Victoria: No restrictions

Queensland: Exemption required if coming from NSW and VIC. Due to open to NSW on 1 November

South Australia: Exemption required if coming from VIC

Tasmania: Will open to SA, WA, QLD, the NT and the ACT on 26 October and to NSW on 2 November. Exemption required if coming from VIC

Western Australia: Exemption required from anywhere

ACT: Exemption required if coming from VIC

Northern Territory: Victorians must quarantine at their own expense 

Australia: Only people who have been in New Zealand for 14 days can enter without hotel quarantine

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The domestic aviation shutdown over the past seven months had cost $17 billion, while the figure for international flights was $61 billion.

‘State border closures have seen passenger numbers on Australia’s busiest air routes plummet 91 per cent since March, crippling the aviation sector and causing harmful knock-on effects in tourism and hospitality,’ Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

‘Every day flights remain grounded costs Australia $69 million or $2.1 billion a month.

‘When you add in international aviation losses at $250 million a day or $7.6 billion per month we are talking about an enormous hit to our economy.’

About 34,000 people have been affected by job losses and furloughed positions, with the nation’s two major carriers laying off around 11,500 employees.

Ms Westacott said the economic recovery would be stronger and faster if agreement could be reached on a national timetable and transparent protocols for removing domestic travel restrictions.

‘We are not asking for a free-for-all – we need a highly-targeted, careful and gradual reopening of the economy based on health advice with robust nationally consistent systems in place for departures and arrivals, quarantining, local containment, and digital tracking and tracing.’

The first steps towards international travel have already begun with New Zealanders allowed into Australia under a one-way arrangement.

Asked whether the travel bubble could be extended to other countries, Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said: ‘Let’s crawl before we walk.’

‘I know Pacific island nations are keen to do so with us,’ he told the ABC.

‘But none of it will be done in a way that compromises the safety of Australians.

‘Because what we have shown is by having the strongest or amongst the strongest (health) outcomes in the world, we also enjoy the strongest economic outcomes in the world, and we want to preserve those outcomes.’

He said the ‘next big step’ in terms of creating capacity to safely return more than 32,000 Australians home was in the hands of Victorian authorities.

Adam Draper and his partner Stacey Brown kiss as she arrives from New Zealand after quarantine requirements were removed on 16 October

Adam Draper and his partner Stacey Brown kiss as she arrives from New Zealand after quarantine requirements were removed on 16 October

Adam Draper and his partner Stacey Brown kiss as she arrives from New Zealand after quarantine requirements were removed on 16 October

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How to make the perfect barbecue: Masterchef winner Adam Liaw shares his golden rules

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Masterchef Australia winner Adam Liaw has shared his golden rules for the perfect summer barbecue, and why you should always rest the meat before returning it to the barbecue for a few seconds to make it extra delicious.

The Sydney foodie explained that the perfect barbecue is a work of art, and there are a few things to do that will ensure your next chargrilled meal is a success.

The first thing Adam said you need to think about when you barbecue is what type of barbecue you go for.

Masterchef Australia winner Adam Liaw (pictured) has shared his golden rules for the perfect summer barbecue

Masterchef Australia winner Adam Liaw (pictured) has shared his golden rules for the perfect summer barbecue

Masterchef Australia winner Adam Liaw (pictured) has shared his golden rules for the perfect summer barbecue

Adam said coals will always give more flavour with a barbecue, but if you're in a rush gas is a good shout (stock image)

Adam said coals will always give more flavour with a barbecue, but if you're in a rush gas is a good shout (stock image)

Adam said coals will always give more flavour with a barbecue, but if you’re in a rush gas is a good shout (stock image)

REMEMBER CHARCOALS GIVE MORE FLAVOUR

Adam told Good Food that it’s important to think about your priorities when you buy a new barbecue, as while gas is more convenient, charcoal has far superior flavour.

‘I hedge my bets with a gas barbecue for my ordinary weeknight steak, and break out the charcoal barbecue or smaller konro for bigger occasions when it’s worth getting the coals going,’ he told the publication.

If you do go for gas, the Masterchef winner recommends you throw a piece of wood onto the open grill where the food goes and then just let it burn.

This will add a specific ‘wood smokiness’ taste to your food. 

SET UP A BBQ STATION

Adam’s second rule is that you should set up a barbecue station close to your grill so that everything you need for cooking is within arm’s reach. 

‘Put a tray of barbecue essentials within arm’s reach – that same salt and pepper, olive oil, a small bowl of butter and a basting brush, perhaps some lemon wedges and even some fresh herbs that can be thrown right onto the grill,’ he said.

Adam also includes a chopping board and knife in his home barbecue station. 

REMEMBER YOU CAN USE PANS 

Even though you might think it’s best to just throw things onto the barbecue, Adam revealed it’s worth remembering that saucepans and frying pans on your open flame ‘can really increase your food options’.

‘Keep sauces warm, braise onions, dip grilled chicken in a simmering teriyaki sauce, or melt butter for drizzling over scallops or whole fish – anything that needs a bit of liquid might struggle on a flat barbecue, but will be fine in a pot,’ he said. 

Just remember that the handle could be hot if it is kept too close to the heat.

Adam said you should take your meat (pictured) off the barbecue and rest it for half the amount of time it took to cook it, before putting it back on the barbecue for a few seconds

Adam said you should take your meat (pictured) off the barbecue and rest it for half the amount of time it took to cook it, before putting it back on the barbecue for a few seconds

Adam said you should take your meat (pictured) off the barbecue and rest it for half the amount of time it took to cook it, before putting it back on the barbecue for a few seconds

REST AND RETURN FOOD TO THE HEAT

Adam said you should never simply serve food straight off the barbecue, as this will mean it isn’t being served in its best capacity. 

Instead, he said you should take it off the heat and rest it for half of the amount of time it took to cook it, before putting it back on the barbecue for a few seconds after it’s rested.

The reason why this trick works so well is because Adam said it will ‘bring the sear back and warm the outside of the meat’.

Doing this trick may mean slightly longer between cooking and eating, but it’s worth it in the long run.  

The Masterchef winner (pictured) said cleaning your barbecue is as important as cooking on it, and for this you need to leave it on for 10 minutes to allow residue to turn to black

The Masterchef winner (pictured) said cleaning your barbecue is as important as cooking on it, and for this you need to leave it on for 10 minutes to allow residue to turn to black

The Masterchef winner (pictured) said cleaning your barbecue is as important as cooking on it, and for this you need to leave it on for 10 minutes to allow residue to turn to black

CLEAN IT CORRECTLY 

Finally, the Masterchef winner explained that cleaning your barbecue is as important as cooking on it. 

But the good thing about this is Adam said they don’t need much cleaning and instead benefit from keeping the seasoning that develops on the metal over time. 

To clean your barbecue, keep the heat running for 10 minutes so that any residue burns to black, and then brush off any remaining residue with a wire brush. 

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