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Search of Francis Wark’s former home fails to find remains of Hayley Dodd

Search of Francis Wark’s former home fails to find remains of Hayley Dodd

Police returned to the Badgingarra property on Tuesday after Wark’s own words during his murder trial led investigators to focus on a water tank.

  • by Heather McNeill and Michael Stamp

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Office therapy dog for stressed public prosecutors set to cost WA taxpayers $162,000

Office therapy dog for stressed public prosecutors set to cost WA taxpayers $162,000

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has defended its decision to spend $162,000 on a dog which will be based at its Perth office full-time as part of a new staff wellbeing program.

  • by Heather McNeill
Lang Hancock’s life, love and bankruptcy resurrected in ‘clash of the dynasties’

Lang Hancock’s life, love and bankruptcy resurrected in ‘clash of the dynasties’

The fall of Lang Hancock’s business fortunes in his marriage to Rose Porteous is again a question before the Supreme Court of Western Australia as his grandchild Bianca Rinehart seeks to recover court evidence in her claim to his iron throne.

  • by Aja Styles
Hayley Dodd’s killer’s comments on the stand spark fresh search on his property

Hayley Dodd’s killer’s comments on the stand spark fresh search on his property

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the new search for Hayley Dodd’s remains was triggered by something Wark said on the stand about a water tank during his recent murder trial. 

  • by Lauren Pilat and Heather McNeill
Explosive attacks against Gina Rinehart yet to be quelled in Hope Downs clash
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Explosive attacks against Gina Rinehart yet to be quelled in Hope Downs clash

The mining magnate’s promise to ‘blow’ her children out of WA Supreme Court proceedings simply ignited fresh attacks against her.

  • by Aja Styles
‘Boys horsing around’ put Perth student in hospital with broken hip: magistrate

‘Boys horsing around’ put Perth student in hospital with broken hip: magistrate

Immature “horsing around” at a school in Perth’s south-east left a student with a disability with a broken hip and in excruciating pain for up to five hours, a magistrate says.

  • by Lauren Pilat
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Hayley Dodd’s killer jailed for 18 years over cold case death

Hayley Dodd’s killer jailed for 18 years over cold case death

Francis Wark’s sentence is the harshest ever handed down in Western Australia for a manslaughter offence.

  • by Heather McNeill
Man arrested after indecently dealing with 12-year-old girl at Perth train station

Man arrested after indecently dealing with 12-year-old girl at Perth train station

Footage released by WA Police shows the man being escorted to a police vehicle in handcuffs as officers carry several paper bags’ worth of evidence to the car. 

  • by Marta Pascual Juanola
Supreme Court judge seeks ‘sensible’ solution to colleagues’ workplace feud
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Supreme Court judge seeks ‘sensible’ solution to colleagues’ workplace feud

Supreme Court Justice Andrew Beech has queried whether Perth Children’s Court Magistrate Catherine Crawford and court president Hylton Quail needed to continue litigation.

  • by Aja Styles
Chinese crime syndicate’s $4.5 million men jailed for longer in WA
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Perth

Chinese crime syndicate’s $4.5 million men jailed for longer in WA

Two Victorian men who transported almost $4.5 million in ill-gotten cash for a crime syndicate linked to China got a heftier sentence to deter money laundering in Australia.

  • by Aja Styles
Hayley Dodd’s killer convicted over her death

Hayley Dodd’s killer convicted over her death

It was the second time Francis Wark was trialed over the crime - the first was before a judge-alone, this time a jury was tasked to decide his fate.

  • by Heather McNeill