NSW Now: Mosman zwemles seksuele overtredingen van instructeur, definitief afscheid van Abbott en extreem brandgevaanovember 14, 2019
Updated November 08, 2019 09:52:50
Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Swim instructor pleads ‘not guilty’
A Mosman swimming instructor charged with more than 20 child sex offences has pleaded not guilty in a NSW court.
Kyle Daniels, 20, is accused of molesting 10 girls, aged between six and 10, while coaching at Mosman Swim Centre between June 2018 and March 2019.
Among the 26 charges levelled against him are sexual intercourse with a child under 10, intentionally sexually touching a child under 10 years and indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age.
The Knox Grammar School graduate worked at the swimming centre for two years, but was suspended before his arrest.
Police Minister accused of road rage
NSW Police Minister David Elliott was involved in a traffic incident in which he was accused of grabbing a teen by the arm and telling him he “worked for the cops”.
The teen driver is said to have asked to see Mr Elliott’s badge, to which the Minister replied “I pay for the badges, I don’t get one”.
Mr Elliott was driving with his wife to a church in Baulkham Hills on October 27 when the red P-plater allegedly “clipped” Mr Elliott’s car and drove away.
It is alleged Mr Elliott followed the teen to exchange details, however he denies grabbing the teenager.
Abbott says goodbye
Leaders from around the country paid tribute to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott at a reception on Sydney’s northern beaches last night.
The dinner was hosted by controversial broadcaster Alan Jones and celebrated Mr Abbott’s 25 years of service as the member for Warringah.
He was unseated following a heated campaign by independent Zali Steggall and activist group GetUp! in May’s federal election.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton praised the former Liberal leader’s achievements in parliament and said he was misunderstood by media, while Mr Abbott told the farewell dinner his government was “remarkably underappreciated”.
Fires continue to burn in state
The fire danger is categorised very high to extreme across eight regions in NSW today as a total fire ban continues today from Sydney to the Queensland border and out to north west NSW.
The Rural Fire Service said there are now 75 fires burning across the state, up five from yesterday, and 40 fires burning out of control, up 20 from yesterday.
Two fires are at Watch and Act level: the Stockyard Flat fire near Walcha and the Rumba Dump fire on the mid north coast. Greg Allen from the RFS warned the extreme fire danger continues today.
“Across the weekend we may start to ease but we’re likely to see the temperature and the dryness across the state pick up again midweek,” he said.
Festival drug death findings to be revealed
The deputy state coroner will this morning hand down her findings into the deaths of six young people at NSW music festivals.
Harriet Grahame’s draft recommendations were leaked last month in which she suggested pill testing be introduced, and that police body searches and sniffer dogs be scrapped.
The six young festival attendees died after taking MDMA capsules at or shortly before attending music festivals between December 2017 and January 2019.
Becoming windy. Mostly sunny.
First posted November 08, 2019 07:22:18