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The mother of the eight children stabbed to
death in Cairns is a person of interest in the
mass murder, police confirmed this morning.
Senior police have told The Courier-Mail
newspaper that Mersane Warria, also known
as Raina Thaiday, 34, was a person of interest
in the killings that have shocked Australia.
The crime scene was cordoned off this
morning with only specialist investigators
allowed anywhere near the house where
eight children were found stabbed to death
“The crime scene is being locked down, that
includes for me. Nobody goes in there until
our forensic people are finished,” a senior
police officer told Sky News.
Australian media reported some of the
police who first responded to the crime were
junior officers who now needed support and
counselling after witnessing the unimaginable
The deaths of eight children - the youngest
just 18 months old — in their Cairns home
have shocked a nation still reeling from the
deadly Sydney siege.
The 34-year-old mother of at least seven
of the children is in a stable condition in
hospital with multiple stab wounds.
Police have begin an extensive investigation
into one of the worst single-family killings in
detective inspector Bruno Asnicar says that
will include inter viewing anyone who may
have had contact with the family recently.
“Everybody who’s had any involvement at
all in the past two or three days is a person of
interest,” told reporters.
The woman’s cousin, Lisa Thaiday, told
AAP the 20-year-old brother of the children
found their bodies in the house in Murray
Street in the housing commission suburb of
Manoora yesterday morning. Police swarmed
on the house around 11.20am.
She described the family and extended
relatives as close-knit.
“ We’re a big family and most of us are from
the (Torres) Strait,” she said.
“I just can’t believe it ... those poor babies.”
A 13-year-old girl said she walked two
of her girlfriends to the house on Thursday
evening after they had been shopping.
She said when they got to the house the
older girl’s mother came out and gave her
money for a taxi home.
“S he was saying stuff about God and other
stuff,” she told AAP. She said: “Papa God
gave me the power to do anything.”
The woman also told the girl she was a
The girl said she had not met the woman
before but had been friends with her daughter
for a while and was anxiously waiting with
her own mother yesterday for news of her
“ We want to know if she’s in there.”
Detective inspector Bruno Asnicar said the
house was still in lockdown with forensic
experts processing the scene, before detectives
could even enter the house.
The street has been cordoned off and a
crime scene will remain in place for now.
He said they could not yet say when or how
the eight children, aged between 18 months
and 15 years, died and could not formally
identify them at this stage.
“This is certainly a tragic and traumatic
event, so many people deceased in one place.
It’s right up there with one of the most
serious things I’ve ever had to deal with,” he
Police officers were travelling from Brisbane
and Townsville — including intelligence,
forensic and child trauma specialists — to
assist with the investigation.
“This is not a small job, we’re not taking this
lightly at all ... we’ ll cover every angle before
this is finished.”
The local community has been numbed
by the tragedy, with groups gathering at the
nearby playground to console each other.
Local state MP Gavin King said the region
had been left in complete and utter shock and
He said authorities would give priority to
provide every support and counselling that
friends and family will require.
“ We are already discussing in terms of the
broader community impact, and what we will
need to do as a community to rally together
and manage the collective grief.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman
released statements, expressing their shock
and sadness at the incident.
“ Tonight, there will be tears and prayers
across our country for these children,” Mr
Abbott said in a statement.
Mr Abbott said these were trying days for
the country still grieving the deaths of two
hostages in the Sydney siege tragedy at the
beginning of the week.
Tragedy forensic experts and detectives are
continuing to sift through a horrific crime
scene. Detectives have revealed few details,
including the names of the children, how
they died and who they suspect was involved.
They would not confirm reports the children
had been stabbed.
The area around the house is expected to
be cordoned off until at least this afternoon
and a large number of police remained at the
scene and on the street overnight.
The tragedy has shocked the local
community, many of whom paid tribute to
the children by laying flowers and placing
soft toys on the curb across the road from the
Mother a ‘person of interest ’
People have tossed gold and silver
pieces into Salvation Army holiday
kettles but a gold tooth found this
week in Kansas City was a local
first, an organisation leader said
“It ’s the whole tooth, with the
root and everything,” Rick Carroll,
who is in charge of the Salvation
Army in the northern portion of
Kansas City, said. “It really looks
Carroll said he has never heard
of a gold tooth being donated in
Kansas City during his 26 years
with the charitable organisation.
Gold bars and coins, silver pieces,
diamond rings and wedding rings
occasionally do land in the kettles,
Carroll said gold in the tooth is
estimated to be worth about $100
but will be kept for a while in case it
was put into the kettle by accident.
“ What happens is that somebody
may have a tooth in their pocket
and reach in the pocket to throw all
the change in the bucket,” Carroll
said. “ We get that with car keys and
house keys. It happens more often
than you think.”
If nobody claims the tooth, the
gold will be sold and the proceeds
kept for a holiday fund-raising
drive that is about $50,000 behind
pace in reaching its $2 million goal
for the Kansas City area, Carroll
The World Pie Eating Championships
have been declared null and void after
an intern sent the pies to a divorce party
instead, reports say.
While the divorce bash got the
competition-sized pies, the world
championships venue — a pub in
Wigan, northwest England — received
meat and potato pies twice the regulation
The competition pies should be 12cm
wide by 3.5cm deep and have a 66%
The cache of pies sent to Harry’s Bar
yesterday were 24cm wide, meaning
competitors had more on their plate
than they bargained for.
“The work experience lad was tasked
with providing 24 competition pies, but
mixed up the order and sent them to a
divorce party up the road.
“ By the time we realised, it was too
late,” the pub’s owner Tony Callaghan
“ We had to go ahead ... but everyone
took it in their stride and demonstrated
the professionalism of pie-eating at this
level,” the BBC quoted him as saying.
Former champion Barry Rigby, a
37-year-old fitness instructor from
Wigan, set the best time of 42.6 seconds
for eating half of one of the oversized
In the end the 22nd annual
championships had to be abandoned
because of the size blunder.
“It was a shame, because these lads
practise long and often. You can see
how seriously they take it, practising
pie-eating late into the night on every
street corner in Wigan town centre,”
The competition began in 1992 and
the eat-off always starts at midday, or
Wigan prides itself as being the home
of the pie with its inhabitants known as
pie eaters, although the name is thought
to originate from the 1926 general strike
when miners were star ved back to work
and forced to eat “humble pie”. —
Pie eating contest abandoned
Gold tooth in donation kettle
PICTURE: Getty Images
A candlelight vigil is held in the street after a multiple stabbing in the suburb of Manoora, Cairns yesterday.
Three babies were among nine
illegal migrants who died after their
inflatable vessel capsized off the
coast of Morocco, police say.
A police operation “rescued 21
people and recovered nine bodies,
three of whom were babies,”
according to a statement overnight
from authorities in the northern
province of Tangiers-Tetouan.
Tangiers and Tetouan are some of
the closest African cities to Europe,
where southern Spain is visible to
the naked eye across the Straits of
Gibraltar. Hundreds of migrants
attempt the voyage each year.
In June, Moroccan authorities
said they had intercepted nearly
200 asylum seekers trying to reach
Europe on inflatable rafts.
A month earlier, at least two
migrants died attempting to
make the 20km journey between
Tangiers and southern Spain. Eight
people were rescued.The Spanish
enc laves of Ceuta and Melilla on
the northern Moroccan coast have
also seen migrants attempt entry on
several occasions this year.
Morocco says there are around
30,000 illegal migrants on its
Babies among drowned migrants
North Korea was responsible for a
“destructive” cyber attack on Sony
Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation says, warning it will hunt
down the perpetrators and make them
The November attack prompted the
movie giant to cancel the Christmas
Day release of “The Inter view,” a madcap
satire about a fictional CIA plot to kill
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
The anonymous hackers invoked the
memory of September 11, 2001 in
threatening attacks on cinemas screening
the film, prompting major theatre chains
to say they would not screen it.
In addition to the threats, Sony
has seen the release of a trove of
embarrassing emails, scripts and other
internal communications, including
information about salaries and employee
“The FBI now has enough information
to conclude that the North Korean
government is responsible for these
actions,” the agency said in a statement
“Such acts of intimidation fall
outside the bounds of acceptable state
The attack involves the use of malware
and rendered thousands of Sony
Pictures computers “inoperable,” forcing
the company to take its entire network
offline, the FBI said.
FBI will hunt down Sony ‘cyber attackers’
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