The nine-year-old boy who surived an alleged murder attempt by his mother in the Murray River at Moama in March remains in hospitalThe young boy who survived an alleged murder attempt by his mother in the Murray River at Moama remains in hospital in Melbourne, two months after the incident. The nine-year-old was injured after a dog – which lived at a property on the riverbank near where the horrific incident took place – intervened. The boy's five-year-old brother was found dead in the river.
Hamish Swayn is smart and kind. He's a popular school captain at Rosebud Secondary College and lives at Cape Schanck. But in the 17 year old's eyes is a deep sadness. Through 2013 and 2014 a suicide cluster hit Rosebud and surrounds. Five people died and it got closer and closer to him, encircling him. There's a feeling of panic and fright that comes over a community – a town, a city a suburb, a school – when this happens. People wonder who's next, what is going wrong. There is anger and grief.
Revealing new crime data - listing for the first time offenders by country of birth - shows sharp increases in carjacking and aggravated burglaries in Melbourne by Somali and Sudanese offenders. The statistics show car thefts by Sudanese offenders rose by a third and aggravated burglaries almost doubled from 2015 to 2016. Car thefts by Somali offenders also more than doubled, while aggravated burglaries almost tripled.