April 30, 1996 |
Police charged a 28-year-old man today with one count of murder at a hospital bedside court in connection with a shooting massacre that left 35 people dead in the southern island state of Tasmania. Police said additional charges would be filed soon. Martin Bryant did not enter a plea. Judge Peter Dixon ordered him to remain in custody and to appear in court May 22. Bryant remained hospitalized in the same facility where 18 of his victims were treated for gunshot wounds.
April 29, 1996 |
A gunman who slaughtered at least 32 people at a busy tourist site was captured today after he bolted in flames from an inn he set ablaze with three hostages inside. The gunman, whom police identified as a 29-year-old Australian with a history of psychological problems, had opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle Sunday afternoon on tourists at a colonial prison site on the island of Tasmania. It was the worst shooting massacre in Australia this century.
September 7, 1994 |
Police sought the killers of a politician who had crusaded against gang violence. New South Wales state legislator John Newman, 47, was shot to death outside his home in Cabramatta, a Sydney suburb with many Southeast Asian immigrants. Prime Minister Paul Keating described the killing as a "disgraceful and cowardly act" and urged Australians not to blame the Asian community.
February 13, 1989
Australia has become a far more violent society in the past 15 years, making some parts of its largest cities "no-go" zones, according to a new report. Serious assault has risen four-fold and reported rapes by 150% while robberies have doubled since 1974, according to a statistical study by the National Committee on Violence. The murder rate, however, has remained static.
November 11, 1988 |
A 20-year-old failed army cadet was sentenced to 460 years in prison Thursday for killing seven people and injuring several others in one of Australia's worst massacres. Julian Knight, who went on the rampage with high-powered rifles Aug. 9, 1987, was given seven life terms for murder on 46 charges of attempted murder. Supreme Court Judge George Hampel ordered Knight to serve at least 27 years before any parole.