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Teenager ‘choked unconscious’ by security guards at Melbourne pub

Sickening footage has revealed the moment a teenage pubgoer was choked unconscious by bouncers in front of horrified patrons.

The incident occurred on November 14 at the Dorset Gardens Hotel in Croydon in Melbourne’s east, and the video was shared on social media this week before being picked up by news outlets.

In the clip, a young male can be seen being grabbed and dragged by security guards and placed into a chokehold before he loses consciousness and his body drops to the ground face-first.

A bouncer then grabs the young man by his red shirt and drags him out the door.

According to Seven News, the 18-year-old had been told to leave the venue earlier in the day due to unruly behaviour, before jumping a fence to sneak back inside and rejoin his friends.

Witness Alex Hayhow claimed security guards tried to escort the “rowdy” patron out again before he ran off, jumped behind the bar and poured himself a schooner of beer before being intercepted by security.

Witness Lousie Bambery told the network she was “just in shock” after watching the treatment of the man, while the unnamed victim claimed the bouncer showed “no duty of care” and that the fall “had the potential to kill me”.

Victoria Police told in a statement that police were investigating “following a reported assault at a licenced premises in Croydon on 14 November”.

“Investigators have been told a male was ejected from the Dorset Road premises before returning a short time later,” the statement reads.

“An altercation occurred between the man and security before he was ejected a second time.

“The investigation remains ongoing.”

Dorset Gardens venue manager Anthony Poloso told the Herald Sun the guard had received a written warning.

“We don’t condone that sort of behaviour from the guards,” Mr Poloso told the publication.

“In the context of the situation we were extremely patient with that patron. He chose to jump the beer garden fence and he ran behind the bar.”

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Teenager, 17, shot in in broad daylight

A teenager has be shot in the shoulder during a shocking daylight shooting in western Sydney.

Emergency services were called to Clyde St in South Granville at 1.40pm on Sunday following reports of gunshots.

A 17-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder was taken from the scene to Auburn Hospital.

He was later transferred to Westmead Hospital, where he was in a stable condition.

“This is something that concerns us and we are trying at this stage to ask people, witnesses who may have seen something, to contact us because that will be our best way to stop all this,” Chief Inspector Adam Phillips said.

Police are investigating the public shooting and are calling for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers or 1800 333 000.

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Teenager Charli Knott finishes year 12 exams from Women’s Big Bash League COVID-19 bubble

The final month of year 12 can be the most challenging yet rewarding time of a student’s schooling life but for Charli Knott, it was spent in a COVID-19 bubble playing professional cricket.

The Brisbane Heat all-rounder packed her bags on October 22, travelling south to Sydney for 47 days in the Women’s Big Bash League’s makeshift village.

The competition’s eight teams, with hundreds of players and staff, moved into the hub to ensure this year’s season went ahead, as the world battled a pandemic.

Days after the 17-year-old Brisbane State High School student arrived in the bubble she started her ATAR exam block.

Cricket player Charli Knott receives her cap on debut for the Brisbane Heat.
Charli Knott gets her cap for her debut for the Brisbane Heat on November 11.(Supplied)

“I had to travel to a school in Sydney called Cedar College and basically I just went into that school and sat all my exams just at that campus in a room with an adjudicator — it was all pretty well organised,” Knott said.

“All my spare time I was in my room studying, but having the opportunity to go and train was good to get my mind off study.

“Then similarly being able to study took my mind off cricket, but it was very hectic the first two weeks trying to fit all my study in.”

Missed some big milestones

Knott has missed her school formal, her graduation, and will not be able to celebrate her 18th birthday next Sunday at home with friends and family, including her identical twin sister Hannah.

“We’ve been together for a long time — we’ve been separated for shorter periods, but this is obviously a lot longer, so it’s a bit sad,” Hannah said.

“I was Facetiming her getting ready — I couldn’t talk to her at formal but it was still nice to have her there while getting ready.”

Charli Knott takes a selfie with her twin sister Hannah.
Charli Knott with her twin sister Hannah.(Supplied)

Knott said while it was sad she had not been able to celebrate those special milestones at home in Brisbane, there was no place she would rather be than playing cricket.

“I turn 18 the finals weekend actually on the 29th of November, the grand final’s on the 28th. Hopefully we make it that far,” she said.

Charli Knott and her twin sister Hannah as children
Twin sisters Charli and Hannah Knott.(Supplied)

From a family household to chaotic bubble

Knott isn’t the Heat’s only school student.

Georgia Voll, who is in year 11 at Brisbane State High School, is the youngest member of the team.

Voll and Knott are among 12 students who are living in the WBBL bubble and the group had been getting together for study sessions.

Brisbane Heat coach Ash Noffke said the side’s experienced players had taken the teenagers under their wing.

“We’ve got a female physio who’s come on for this trip — obviously we’ve got our sport psychologist and welfare officers back at home that are constantly touching base with them.

“We want the girls to be happy and relaxed — we probably don’t demand as much of them when we’re in this bubble — we try to spend some time together but spend some time apart as well.”

Charli Knott celebrates her Year 12 formal while away in Sydney.
Charli Knott had a makeshift formal inside the hub of the WBBL’s makeshift village.(Instagram)

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Polish teenager Iga Swiatek beats Sofia Kenin without dropping a set to win French Open title

With the poise of a veteran and the shots of a champion, 19-year-old Iga Swiatek picked the perfect place for her first tour-level title: the French Open.

Unseeded and ranked merely 54th, Swiatek grabbed the last six games to beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the final at Roland Garros on Saturday, becoming the first Polish tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles trophy.

When she smacked one last forehand winner to the corner to end things, Swiatek placed her right hand over her mouth then crouched, shaking her head.

Hard to believe? Maybe.

This was, after all, only her seventh major tournament; she’d never been past the fourth round.

But the way she played these two weeks made this outcome less of a surprise.

Swiatek is the first woman to triumph in Paris without ceding a set since Justine Henin in 2007.

And she did it with victories over such opponents as 2018 champion Simona Halep and 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, both by scores of 6-1, 6-2.

So it made sense that Swiatek would be able to get past Kenin, a 21-year-old American who was trying to claim her second major title of 2020 after winning the Australian Open in February.

Kenin was 16-1 in Grand Slam matches until Saturday.

But she dealt with a leg issue in the second set and showed frustration by kicking her red-white-and-blue racket after lost points.

And then she ran into the composed Swiatek, who only recently completed her high school studies, listens to “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses before walking on court and meditates during changeovers, breathing slowly with her eyes closed.

This weekend is the culmination of an unusual two weeks, to say the least.

The tournament was postponed form May-June to September-October because of the coronavirus pandemic; the recently rising number of COVID-19 cases in France led the Government to limit the number of spectators allowed on the grounds to 1,000 each day.

Some top women, including 2019 champion Ash Barty and three-time major champ Naomi Osaka did not enter the event; 23-time Slam winner Serena Williams withdrew before the second round with an injury.

The temperature was about 14 degrees Celsius with a slight breeze, and the hundreds of fans scattered in Court Philippe Chatrier were mostly subdued — other than a group that would shout out Swiatek’s first name, stretching it out over several seconds each time.

At the changeover after the third game of the second set, Kenin was visited by a trainer and went off the court for a medical timeout, then returned with her left thigh wrapped.

Kenin said after her fourth-round match on Monday that she had slipped and maybe pulled something during practice the day before.

While Kenin was gone, Swiatek tried to stay warm by pulling on a white jacket and hitting some serves, earning applause from spectators.

When play resumed, Swiatek needed only 12 more minutes to wrap up the victory, finishing with a 25-10 edge in winners.


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Sofia Kenin beats Petra Kvitova to book French Open final against teenager Iga Swiatek

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin will get the chance to make it two grand slam titles out of three in 2020 when she takes on Polish teenager Iga Swiatek in Saturday’s French open women’s singles title.

Coming into the year, Kenin was 11-11 at the majors but has gone 16-1 in 2020, with her only loss coming in the fourth round of the US Open to Belgium’s Elise Mertens.

Not bad for a player who a little over one year ago was sent packing in the Roland-Garros fourth round by the eventual champion, Australia’s Ash Barty.

On Thursday (local time) the American displayed tenacity and nerve beyond her 21 years to defeat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-5.

At no point in the match did it ever look like Kenin was totally in control but on the big points she was sublime, while Kvitova was erratic and ultimately frustrated.

Like so many of the 30-year-old Czech’s matches, this one was on her racket but her power was no match for the American, who used guile and court awareness to outplay her opponent.

Sixth-ranked Kenin was made to work for it though as she saved 10 of the 12 break points she faced.

She saved them in a variety of ways too — using the drop shot to great effect to expose Kvitova’s slower movement and frequently going big on second serves.

Importantly Kenin also converted on four of five break points herself.

Kvitova — who has come close in a couple of slams since returning to the WTA Tour from a stabbing to her left hand during a 2016 home invasion — put herself in a poor position from the beginning of the match.

Fourth-seeded Kenin took advantage of a slew of errors early to take a 4-1 lead in the opening set before the Czech seventh seed came roaring back to tighten things at 3-4.

She would then manage to get a break point on Kenin’s next service game but could not convert to get the match back on serve.

Kenin would later serve the set out.


Kvitova was pushing hard — but if it appeared she was going to find her rhythm and get ahead early in the second it was not the case.

Every point was a fight, with Kenin’s guile and touch matching the fierce power coming from the other end.

At 2-2 a pivotal moment came as Kenin, using all the angles available to her, hit a forehand winner to take the break and lead 6-4, 3-2.

That break seemed to defy the trend of the match.

Still it was Kenin who kept producing winner after winner to save five break points in her next service game and convert the break.

The pair then traded easy holds to get the score to 5-4 to Kenin and leave her serving for the match.


Kenin faltered and Kvitova got the break back before immediately dropping serve and when Kvitova send a forehand wide in the next game Kenin moved into a second grand slam final.

The American was jubilant post match.

Just weeks after being beaten 6-0, 6-0 in Rome by Viktoria Azarenka, Kenin said the win vindicated her spot at the top level of the game.

“I’ve done it in Australia, I have had really tough matches these past two weeks. I am excited to be in the final,” she said.

Polish teenager looking to make history

Standing in her way in the final will be her former junior sparring partner Swiatek, the first teenager to make the French Open women’s final since Kim Clijsters 19 years ago.

The Polish world number 54 earlier powered past Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday.

Iga Swiatek, wearing all white and an all white cap raises her fist in triumph at Roland Garros.
Iga Swiatek ended the run of Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska to make her first grand slam singles final.(AP: Michel Euler)

World number 131 Podoroska, who was looking to become the first qualifier to reach a final at a major in either the men’s or women’s singles draw, had no answer to Swiatek’s powerful groundstrokes and sleek movement on court.

Kenin knows just how tough Swiatek can be, recalling their only encounter, a juniors battle at Roland-Garros.

Swiatek was impressive in her rout of Podoroska.

She had broken serve 27 times en route to the last-four stage and added five more to that count before finishing off the one-sided contest on Court Philippe Chatrier in 69 minutes.

“I’m kind of surprised, really. I always knew that if I would be in a grand slam final, it would be at the French Open,” Swiatek said after becoming the first Polish woman to reach the Roland-Garros final in 81 years and the first at any major since Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon eight years ago.

“I wanted to play this match as a first-round match, I didn’t want to think of it as a semi-final otherwise I would have been too stressed. I just wanted to be aggressive like previous matches. I’m feeling good and like nothing hurts me.”

Swiatek managed to hit through the court well, both off the forehand and backhand, and painted the red clay with 23 winners in the victory.

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Autistic teenager found one kilometre from home

The heartbroken family of a teenage boy found dead in dense Victorian bushland yesterday have broken down as they approached the scene of his death.

In a devastating detail it has also emerged the 14-year-old’s body was discovered just over one kilometre from the family home where he went missing on Tuesday.

William Wall was last seen at 6:45am on Tuesday morning after leaving his home in Launching Place, a town 54km east from Melbourne’s CBD.

He told his family he would be back in 15 minutes, which wasn’t unusual; the “fitness fanatic” would usually run 25 kilometres.

“There was nothing out of the ordinary, he’s left money at home, doesn’t have a myki or use public transport, his push bike is still at home,” Williams, dad, Shane Wall said earlier.

“It’s absolutely the first time he’s got lost. He’s a kid that sticks to himself, does all his school work, so this is really out of the ordinary.”

But more than 24 hours later, the Wall family was facing a heartbreaking walk of their own in wet and muddy conditions.

William’s body was found just before 5pm on Wednesday at the end of a residential street at Yarra Junction after a huge air and ground search mission that saw close to 100 personnel from Victoria Police and dozens of State Emergency Service units combine forces with locals.

The boy’s body was found by a member of the local boxing club.

Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious and will prepare a report for the coroner.

William was described as being 177cm tall, with a lean build and mousy brown hair. He was dressed in a dark hooded jumper, trackpants and had a hydration pack across his chest.

Family friend Tyson Truscott told The Herald Sun: “He was a great kid. There is nothing bad about him. He loved going for runs, he went flat out,” said Mr Truscott.

His family were pictured breaking down as they visited the scene of his death, exhausted and depleted after joining the search mission that saw rain and temperatures drop to 7C.

Just hours before, William’s father had fronted media in tears, asking locals to put out protein bars and fruit for his son and claiming his disappearance was out of character.

The mood on Wednesday night, according to reporter James Hancock in Warburton, was quiet and sombre.


The distressing news of his death came amid reports those who had wanted to join the search were turned away due to treacherous conditions.

William’s older brother Harrison, told Seven News he and other brother Jake were turned away after spending Tuesday night scanning the area on dirt bikes.

“We’ve been told by all the police, saying we’re not allowed to help because we’re past the five kilometre radius, which is going to put a bit more of a delay in finding him,” his older brother, Harrison, .

William suffered from high functioning autism and it was feared he may have become disorientated without food due to the length of time he had been missing.

Despite William’s body being located so close to home, in excess of 100 personnel from Victoria Police and the State Emergency Service had centred their search around the tracks along Warburton and the Warburton Rail Trail, which runs for approximately 40km across rough terrain. Specifically, they focused on a 10km radius around the area.

The O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail in Warburton was also a focus, located 16 kilometres away from William’s home. Police said earlier they had received a number of tips of “credible” sightings around those areas.

Police at the station cited “quite treacherous, wet and slippery” conditions as the reason for not wanting extra help from the public.

A reporter at the scene as police delivered the news to frustrated volunteers described the mood as “tense”.

“This is not to do with COVID. We don’t want to bring this into a COVID conversation. What we are doing is focusing our search on Will,” Inspector Jason Goddard, local area commander for the Yarra Ranges police service, said.

Still, many volunteers searched on their own.

On Wednesday, Mr Wall said he had slept very little in the past 24 hours.

Mr Wall said William loved dogs, liked healthy food, and was a very energetic and athletic teen who could run 20-30km.

“It wouldn’t be that much of a stretch for him,” he said.

He said he had been overwhelmed by support from the community.

“This has just blown me away, the support from local people, Facebook, community noticeboards, it’s fantastic, it’s really top notch and the police and SES have been great.”

He said their family – including William’s two brothers, Harrison, 18, and Jake, 21, and sister Sophie, 10 – absolutely missed him

“Just come home, we want you home,” Mr Wall said.

“There’s heap of people around, I thank the police, his brother’s mates, they’ve all been out all night, and I just want everyone to be safe.”

The Prime Minister is among a number of high profile Australians to send their condolences, tweeting his “heart goes out” to William’s family after the “very sad news”.

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Australian teenager Oscar Piastri wins Formula 3 world championship

Australian teenager Oscar Piastri has secured the 2020 Formula 3 Championship, capping an impressive maiden campaign for the 19 year old.

Piastri made the most of teammate and main championship rival Logan Sargeant crashing out early in the season finale at Mugello in Italy on Sunday to claim the title.

Sargeant had come into the race level on 160 points with Piastri but the American was an early casualty in the 21-lap race.

That meant Piastri’s seventh-place finish — earning him four points — allowed him to claim the title by three points from France’s Theo Pourchaire, whose third-place was not enough to close the gap to the Melbourne product.

Former Australian Formula 1 driver, and Piastri’s mentor, Mark Webber, was trackside to congratulate the new champion.


“I’ve been quite consistent over the year and I think also the way I’ve bounced back from those setbacks we’ve had,” Piastri said.

“We’ve had quite a few technical issues and other problems to deal with.

“So, I think my consistency and keeping my head cool has been been the biggest thing.”


Piastri also offered commiserations to Sargeant after the race, knowing his teammate’s misfortune had played a key role in his title success.

“The last few weeks have certainly put me to the test emotionally,” Piastri said.

“I just can’t really believe we just won that thing. Obviously, I feel really sorry for Logan. You never want to see that happen to your teammate and your title rival.”

Piastri’s title success will represent a huge step towards realising his own Formula 1 ambitions.


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Brisbane teenager charged over alleged revenge porn video of Broncos player Kotoni Staggs

A Brisbane woman has been charged over an alleged revenge porn incident involving Brisbane Broncos player Kotoni Staggs after an explicit video was circulated of him online.

The sensitive footage was released online earlier this week without Staggs’s consent.

Police said an 18-year-old Newstead woman was charged with distributing a prohibited visual recording.

The non-consensual sharing of explicit images online is a criminal offence in Australia and is considered to be a form of image-based sexual abuse.

The offence can carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

In a statement, the Broncos said they alerted the NRL’s Integrity Unit to the issue and were now working closely with Staggs.

Staggs, 21, is unlikely to face repercussions from the league over the incident.

The woman is expected to face the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court next month.

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Brisbane teenager Cian English fell from Gold Coast high-rise balcony

The teenager who fell to his death from the balcony of a Gold Coast high-rise has been identified.

Cian English from Hawthorne in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs died after falling from the fourth floor of the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise just after 3am on Saturday, the Courier Mail reports.

A member of the public spotted his body on the footpath outside the tower building and alerted authorities.

A group of teenagers aged between 16-19 were then found slumped in varying stages of consciousness in a rented apartment, along with a large quantity of prescription and other drugs.

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead said that when paramedics got there, they were faced with an “extremely difficult job”.

The scenes they witnessed were so traumatic that those tasked with looking after Mr English have undergone welfare checks.

They tried in vain, using CPR, to save him, but it was too late.

“He had quite traumatic injuries, assumed to have fallen from about the fourth floor,” Mr Stead said.

“CPR was commenced on the individual and it was later called off. He could not be resuscitated and was deceased on scene.”

Upstairs in the apartment the teenager had fallen from, they found seven teenagers in a “semiconscious state”, affected by prescription drugs, reportedly diazepam, or Valium.

Four of them were taken to Robina Hospital in stable conditions.


Police are now trying to piece together what happened in the lead-up to the fall.

“Investigations are underway to determine the cause and what may have taken place in the lead-up,” they said in a statement.

Nine said it spoke to one partygoer who attended the gathering briefly, but left when someone started waving around a knife.

Another witnesses told police they heard a loud noise towards the side of the apartment block before discovering Mr English’s body, according to the Courier Mail.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday afternoon, Mr Stead said paramedics were often called out to deal with drug overdoses in young people on the Gold Coast.

He expressed his concern for the family of the teenager who died and offered a warning about the use of drugs.

“There was some kind of drugs involved in this situation which caused the incident to occur. Drugs are simply not safe. Even prescribed drugs taken the wrong way are not safe,” he said.

“Just don’t do drugs, it’s as simple as that.

“Drug overdoses are quite common, regretfully, particularly among young people.”

Queensland Police said earlier that morning around 2:20am two 16-year-old boys believed to be from the same group as the partygoers were arrested between View Avenue and the Esplanade for possession of prescription drugs.


Several young people have fallen to their deaths from high-rise balconies in Surfers Paradise in recent years.

In November Liam Kearns, 22, from Christchurch in New Zealand, fell to his death from the 15th floor of the Breakers North building.

In 2018, Sydney-born Hamish Bidgood, 18, fell from a balcony at the Surfers Regent Apartments in Surfers Paradise 5am on November 29.

In 2016, another 17-year-old was injured falling from a balcony as he leaned over to reach for something he dropped.

Another four Schoolies in the same year were fined for balcony hopping.

Isabelle Colman, 17, died after falling from a 26th floor balcony at the Chevron Renaissance towers in 2012 while celebrating Schoolies.

In the month before, three others fell to their deaths from Gold Coast skyscrapers.


Also overnight, a 45-year-old woman was found dead in Sydney’s Darling Harbour after mysteriously falling from the balcony of a luxury hotel.

The woman’s body was discovered on a level one rooftop about 8pm last night after emergency services were called to Sussex Street to reports a woman falling from a tenth floor balcony from the Hyatt Regency hotel.

A 48-year-old man – known to the woman – was arrested at the scene and taken to Day Street Police Station. However, he has since been released pending further investigation.

Police have not yet formally identified the woman.

A crime scene has been set up and a police investigation has been launched into her death.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information or who was in the area at the time to come forward.

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