Jessica Nairn, ABC via ROP
Isa Islam Â leaves his Australian neighborÂ quadriplegic:
A street preacher who stabbed his former neighbour in a north Canberra takeaway shop leaving him a quadriplegic has been sentenced to nine years jail.
Isa Islam had a long-running conflict with Andrew Dyer who lived in his public housing block at Ainslie Village, and had complained of him stealing his property.
On a Saturday morning in July 2009, Islam had preached outside the Ainslie Shops, then waited for the man to start work at an Ainslie takeaway store.Â Soon after he arrived, Islam stabbed the man with a paring knife, smashed his head to the ground, and stomped on his head.
Mr Dyer suffered a stab wound to his spinal cord and is now a quadriplegic.Â Islam was acquitted of attempted murder but was convicted of intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Acting Justice Jane Mathews sentenced the 38-year-old to nine years jail with a non-parole period of four years and six months. Â Islam has been in custody since the attack and will be eligible for release in 2014.
Hero Digger dead on darkest day
A decorated and highly regarded special forces soldier, Sgt Brett Wood, 32, died after he was caught in the blast of an improvised bomb while on an operation against Taliban fighters yesterday.
The explosion wounded two other soldiers. One has life-threatening injuries and the other was seriously injured.Â Just hours earlier, another three Diggers were wounded in a separate firefight with insurgents in another area.
Sgt Wood is the 24th Australian soldier to die in action in Afghanistan since 2001. (source)
Murder in Bankstown:
A MAN was fatally stabbed and another seriously injured during a brawl on a rail platform tonight.Â Another man, aged in his early 20s, was taken to Liverpool Hospital with stab wounds to his head, face, chest and legs.