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Gregory John Richardson victims furious at knowledge rapist could be out in just five years

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Sexual assault survivors of a truck driver who preyed on women over almost 20 years cried in court when they learnt their attacker could be out of jail in just five years. 

Gregory John Richardson, 53, was sentenced to at least seven years in prison for attacks on four girls between 1989 and 2007 in Epping, northwest Sydney.

His sentence was backdated to the time of his arrest in 2018, the Daily Telegraph reported, meaning he could be out in just five years.

The court heard the truck driver preyed on his victims, the youngest just 14, at night, hiding in bushes and attacking them from behind.

Gregory John Richardson (pictured), 53, was sentenced to at least seven years in prison for attacking four girls in Epping, northwest Sydney, between 1989 and 2007

Gregory John Richardson (pictured), 53, was sentenced to at least seven years in prison for attacking four girls in Epping, northwest Sydney, between 1989 and 2007

Gregory John Richardson (pictured), 53, was sentenced to at least seven years in prison for attacking four girls in Epping, northwest Sydney, between 1989 and 2007

He told the schoolgirl while she was walking home: ‘Don’t call the police or I will hurt you’.

The first two rapes, of a 16-year-old girl and another aged 15, took place in 1989 and 1994. 

Richardson threatened the life of a 16-year-old girl when she tried to get a look at her attacker, Nine News reported.

The next attack on a 14-year-old girl happened in 2003, but was interrupted when someone walked by.

An assault on a 25-year-old woman in 2007 was also stopped after she screamed and he fled.  

In one vicious assault Richardson wore a ‘shiny pink halter bikini top’ and ‘fluorescent yellow knickers’ when grabbing a woman at her front door. 

Defence lawyer Daniel McMahon told the court Richardson was forced to wear women’s lingerie when he was abused by his father.

This led to his offending and developing mental health issues, Mr McMahon argued. 

Mr McMahon’s claims were supported by forensic psychologist Stephen Woods, who said Richardson may have been suffering psychosis and PTSD at the time of the attacks.

But this provided little comfort for his victims, aged between 14 and 25 at the time of the attacks, who were supported by friends and family in court. 

Victim impact statements tendered to the court stated the women are still haunted by the horrifying assaults and experience nightmares and flashbacks.   

The court heard the truck driver (pictured during his arrest) preyed on his victims - the youngest just 14 - at night

The court heard the truck driver (pictured during his arrest) preyed on his victims - the youngest just 14 - at night

The court heard the truck driver (pictured during his arrest) preyed on his victims – the youngest just 14 – at night

Richardson (pictured during arrest) could be out of jail in August 2025, after his arrest in 2018 when DNA evidence from his jailed brother linked him to the crime

Richardson (pictured during arrest) could be out of jail in August 2025, after his arrest in 2018 when DNA evidence from his jailed brother linked him to the crime

Richardson (pictured during arrest) could be out of jail in August 2025, after his arrest in 2018 when DNA evidence from his jailed brother linked him to the crime

One of the victims walked out in tears after the sentence was handed down, while a supporter shouted ‘bulls***’.

Judge Peter Berman said girls and women have the right to walk home without fear of being attacked. 

‘Sadly, the offender too was the victim of sexual assaults of his father. He too has suffered long lasting effects as a result,’ Judge Berman said.

‘His father forced him to wear stockings and other female attire which were ripped off him before he was raped and forced to commit oral sex.’

Richardson could be out of jail in August 2025, after his arrest in 2018 when DNA evidence from his brother linked him to the crime. 

The truck driver said he had no memory of the incidents, but pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a minor, sexual assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, aggravated indecent assault of a minor and assault with an act of indecency. 

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The $15 Aussie wine named the world’s BEST Riesling at a top international competition

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An Australian winemaker has taken out a golden award at the San Francisco Wine show – in a category usually dominated by German and Austrian vinters.

The Cat Amongst The Pigeons riesling made in South Australia‘s Barossa Valley took out the gold award for the increasingly popular wine class.

The wine, which retails for as little as $15-a-bottle, took home the medal in the famous competition which celebrated its 40th year in October.

The Cat Amongst The Pigeons Riesling made in South Australia's Barossa took out the gold award for the increasingly popular wine class

The Cat Amongst The Pigeons Riesling made in South Australia's Barossa took out the gold award for the increasingly popular wine class

The Cat Amongst The Pigeons Riesling made in South Australia’s Barossa took out the gold award for the increasingly popular wine class

Winemaker Richard Quodling was pleased with the result.

“It was particularly satisfying to see two of our riesling wines win in San Francisco. Australian winemakers have created a very distinctive style of riesling, beautifully steely and aromatic,” Mr Quodling said. 

The winery, which is located in the Barossa Valley a took home seven medals for its wines in the competition.

Which wine glass should be used when drinking which wine?

Choosing to use just one glass for all varieties of wine means you are compromising on the wine’s bouquet (scent), taste, balance and finish.

They are all affected by the shape of the glass from which you drink them from. 

Master stemware brand Riedel create specific glasses for Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Choosing to use just one glass for all varieties of wine means you are compromising on the wine's bouquet (scent), taste, balance and finish

Choosing to use just one glass for all varieties of wine means you are compromising on the wine's bouquet (scent), taste, balance and finish

Choosing to use just one glass for all varieties of wine means you are compromising on the wine’s bouquet (scent), taste, balance and finish

For lighter-bodied white wines like Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc they create glasses with a smaller bowl that helps to keep the wine cool and to concentrate the delicate aromas. 

For fuller-bodied whites like Chardonnay, the glass has a larger bowl to enhance its boldness and creamy texture. 

Reds tend to have larger bowls that allow you to get your nose in to smell the aromas and also bring more air into contact with the wine, releasing the flavours and softening the tannins. 

For sparkling wines, there are two types of glasses, the flute shape for younger light styles or the tulip shape to allow more air in to open up the aromas and flavours of a more aged or complex sparkling wine. 

St Hugo Wines partnered with master stemware brand Riedel, who create specific glasses for Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon

St Hugo Wines partnered with master stemware brand Riedel, who create specific glasses for Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon

St Hugo Wines partnered with master stemware brand Riedel, who create specific glasses for Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon

What are the best tips for wine drinkers?

* Avoid storing the glasses upside down in the cupboard because this can create a musty smell.

* Red wines should be drunk at just below room temperature and white wines shouldn’t be ‘chilled’ because this will disrupt the palate. For example, Merlot should be consumed at 16.5 degrees, Shiraz at 17.2 and Chardonnay at 11.

* Use white vinegar to remove stains from your red wine glasses. 

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Wine tasters pictured trying unmarked glasses at this year's wine show in San Francisco

Wine tasters pictured trying unmarked glasses at this year's wine show in San Francisco

Wine tasters pictured trying unmarked glasses at this year’s wine show in San Francisco

Two Australian winemakers were class winners in this year's awards

Two Australian winemakers were class winners in this year's awards

Two Australian winemakers were class winners in this year’s awards

Riesling sales have increased with 25 percent year on year according to sales data from BWS and Dan Murphy’s.  

Other Australian winners from the wine show included Calabria Family Wines 3 Bridges Mourvèdre, maded in the Barossa Valley.

American wines featured heavily among the show winners list which also featured wine from Japan, Spain, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico.   

The Cat Amongst The Pigeons range is available at BWS and Dan Murphys. 

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Queensland minister explains why planes allowed to be at capacity but tourism boats are restricted

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Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has explained that planes can be at full capacity because it’s easier to contact trace but free movement on boats forces numbers to be limited.

A public health order in the state says all boats, such as tourism dive tours and fishing charters, must limit capacity to one person per two square metres.

Meanwhile, flights in and out of the state have no restrictions other than instructions to ‘maintain social distance as much as possible’.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath has explained that planes can be at full capacity because it's easier to contact trace but free movement on boats forces numbers to be limited

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath has explained that planes can be at full capacity because it's easier to contact trace but free movement on boats forces numbers to be limited

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has explained that planes can be at full capacity because it’s easier to contact trace but free movement on boats forces numbers to be limited

Flights in and out of the state have no restrictions other than instructions to 'maintain social distance as much as possible'

Flights in and out of the state have no restrictions other than instructions to 'maintain social distance as much as possible'

Flights in and out of the state have no restrictions other than instructions to ‘maintain social distance as much as possible’

Ms D’Ath was grilled during the first question time of Queensland’s newly-elected 57th Parliament about the different capacity rules.

She accused the Liberal National Party for putting ‘doubt in the minds of’ travellers going to the Sunshine State, Brisbane Times reported.

‘There is not one leader, one health minister around the world who is detailing all of the complex medical information,’ she said. 

‘Planes have allocated seating per individual [through] which we know every single person and we know where they sit so they are able to be contact traced. 

‘There is information out there globally on this dangerous virus they have not grasped … more than 1.4 million deaths – what more does the opposition need?’ 

Whitsunday MP Amanda Camm earlier this week said boat operators in her electorate were suffering.

A Queensland public health order says all boats such as tourism dive tours and fishing charters must limit capacity to one person per two square metres

A Queensland public health order says all boats such as tourism dive tours and fishing charters must limit capacity to one person per two square metres

A Queensland public health order says all boats such as tourism dive tours and fishing charters must limit capacity to one person per two square metres

The Whitsundays is a tourism dependent area that has heavily suffered due to the lack of travellers into Queensland.

Ms Camm said she was looking at discussing the matter of capacity with the chief health officer.

‘Particularly in my part of the world, where charter boat operators are really only at 50 per cent capacity. We would like to understand those restrictions,’ she said. 

Queensland has reduced its restrictions to allow up to 50 people to gather in homes and public spaces.

Ms D'Ath was grilled during the first question time of Queensland's newly-elected 57th Parliament about the different capacity rules. Pictured: a CityCat fetty on the Brisbane River

Ms D'Ath was grilled during the first question time of Queensland's newly-elected 57th Parliament about the different capacity rules. Pictured: a CityCat fetty on the Brisbane River

Ms D’Ath was grilled during the first question time of Queensland’s newly-elected 57th Parliament about the different capacity rules. Pictured: a CityCat fetty on the Brisbane River

Person limits in indoor premises have increased to one person every two square metres and up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals, and all guests can dance at weddings, both indoors and outdoors.

Seated and ticketed indoor events such as theatre, live music and sport has been increased to 100 per cent.

Outdoor events are allowed to have 1,000 attendees and open air stadiums can have 100 per cent capacity with a COVID-safe plan.

A Queensland Health spokesman said the capacity on flights is a federal government issue with all airlines guided by industry-wide recommendations.  

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Huge new change coming to one of Australia’s most popular white breads Tip Top

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Tip Top has announced it will be rolling out recycled cardboard tags in an effort to reduce its use of plastic.

The popular Australian bread company introduced the 100 per cent recycled cardboard tag on Thursday. 

The exciting new change will eventually see the phase out of more than 400million plastic tags per year.  

The popular Australian bread company introduced the recycled cardboard bread tag which is made of 100 per cent recycled material

The popular Australian bread company introduced the recycled cardboard bread tag which is made of 100 per cent recycled material

The popular Australian bread company introduced the recycled cardboard bread tag which is made of 100 per cent recycled material 

‘Our goal is that by 2025, all Tip Top packaging will be 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable to help close the loop,’ sales director Graeme Cutler said. 

‘Developed and produced through rigorous testing, the new sustainable bread tags promise no compromise on freshness and taste. 

‘Customers can expect to be provided with the same Tip Top quality that millions of Australians enjoy freshly baked every day and have trusted since 1958.’

The recycled bread tags were rolled out in South Australia on Thursday. This will see 11million plastic tags removed in the state alone by the end of next year.    

‘South Australia probably leads the way in Australia in terms of kerbside recycling. These can be recycled through the kerbside process,’ Mr Cutler said.

He suggested the tags be placed in something else because ‘they’re quite small’ and might not make their through the process. 

Over the next two years, the new Tip Top bread tags will be handed out at no extra cost to retailers. 

The exciting new change will eventually see the phase out of more than 400million plastic tags per year

The exciting new change will eventually see the phase out of more than 400million plastic tags per year

The exciting new change will eventually see the phase out of more than 400million plastic tags per year

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