Crime and courts editor, The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail. Author, The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay, (December 1, 2014). Email:

Gerard Baden-Clay murder appeal: DPP Tony Moynihan for prosecution — QUEENSLAND'S top prosecutor will take charge of Gerard Baden-Clay's appeal, as the former Brisbane real estate agent serves his time without contact with his daughters. Director of Public Prosecutions Tony Moynihan will replace senior Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller for the appeal, expected within the next two months.

Police slam Beenleigh magistrate as too lenient on offenders — A SOFT-touch magistrate has been labelled by police as one of the most lenient in Queensland, with a barrage of appeals against her decisions. At least nine police appeals have been filed against magistrate Joan White during the past two years. And furious officers say only a fraction of Ms White's contentious decisions are appealed.

Businessman guilty of stalking check-out operator, 19 — WEBSITE entrepreneur Barry Armstrong thinks he has a way with women, but a jury thought differently this week, finding him guilty of stalking a supermarket check-out operator who was young enough to be his daughter. In a three-week trial, the District Court was told of the 58-year-old's relentless attempts to woo Brianna Harris after spotting her at work in Woolworths.

The Courier-Mail — QUEENSLAND sect leader Debra Burslem told followers that God wanted her to have a new Mercedes and a luxury Spanish villa. The jetsetting Burslem also insisted she fly first class to have more room to pray and claimed to be the rightful heir to the British throne.

Murdered mum Adelle Collins was scared and sought protection in months before her death — FRIENDS of murder victim Adelle Collins have revealed she repeatedly sought protection in the months before her death. Ms Collins, 39, was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-partner Steven Storie, 45, after he broke into the mum-of-two's Ningi home early on Saturday.

Police outline their version of last hours of Barbara McCulkin, daughters — BARBARA McCulkin was allegedly strangled and dumped in a bush grave alongside her two young daughters in a depraved sex-related attack. The police case against accused killers Vincent O'Dempsey and Gary Reginald DuBois over the cold case murders is detailed for the first time in Supreme Court bail documents.

Queensland election 2015: Campbell Newman foe Margaret McMurdo rejoices — COURT of Appeal president Margaret McMurdo has had the last laugh in her bitter battle with the Newman government, declaring it's time to "rejoice" in democracy. Justice McMurdo - who famously clashed with the LNP over the appointment of women and was overlooked for the role of Chief Justice - used an address to newly admitted lawyers to rebuke the former government yesterday.

Gay or lazy, mates cop it from Gold Coast Police officer’s prickly pen

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Tensions rise on Gold Coast between frontline police and RAP squad — TENSIONS are escalating ­between Gold Coast police as frontline officers accuse a new taskforce, which stars in its own reality TV show, of hand-picking jobs and not pulling their weight. General duties officers have raised concerns with senior police about the workload and procedures of the RAP squad - Rapid Action and Patrols - which last year starred in the new Channel 10 show Gold Coast Cops.
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Feb 27, 2015

Out of sight and out of mind, Beenleigh magistrate Joan White the state's `softest' magistrate @couriermail

Feb 27, 2015

Overpriced, cut down, and produced by murderous cartels - cocaine, the drug of the (inner) suburbs @couriermail

Feb 27, 2015

Gerard's daughters locked out of life insurance pending his appeal, have had no contact with him since his conviction

Feb 27, 2015

Changes to Gerard #badenclay defence lineup - barrister Michael Copley QC will appear for him on appeal, due within the next two months.

Feb 27, 2015

Director of Public Prosecutions Tony Moynihan will handle the #badenclay appeal

Feb 26, 2015

Allison's daughters are in line to receive her life insurance, but it won't be resolved until after Gerard's appeal #badenclay

Feb 26, 2015

Allison Baden-Clay's life insurance will go into a legal trust pending husband Gerard's appeal against his conviction @couriermail

Feb 25, 2015

Just finished Before I Go To Sleep on @audible_com Brilliant, can't wait to read Second Life @SJ_Watson

Feb 24, 2015

How to get a Mercedes, Spanish villa and first class flights: Claim to speak to Jesus and the Virgin Mary

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