Sydney news: Former Reddam House teacher faces court over student sex charges
Updated August 26, 2019 10:32:40
Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Teacher faces court over alleged sex with student
A 34-year-old man has been charged after allegedly having sex multiple times with a student at an exclusive private school in Sydney’s east.
Ben Fenner, who was stood down as a teacher at Reddam House in Bondi, will face court today after being charged with 11 counts of sexual intercourse with a person under care.
NSW Police detectives allege the offences occurred against a female student, aged 17 at the time, at homes in Randwick and the Central Coast between April and October last year.
Mr Fenner was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court today.
Escaped prisoner recaptured
A prisoner who escaped custody at Port Macquarie Base Hospital after pushing past two guards was found after being tracked by a police dog.
Corrective Services said Matthew Furner, 28, escaped from the hospital after his shackles were removed so he could shower.
Police conducted an extensive search of an area in Frederickton, where a police dog located Furner as he attempted to enter a property.
Furner was assessed by NSW Ambulance at Kempsey Police Station for minor bites to his face and will face Port Macquarie Local Court later today.
Northern Beaches Hospital inquiry
A NSW parliamentary inquiry begins today into the troubled Northern Beaches Hospital, which has been plagued by resignations and logistical errors since opening last November.
The inquiry will examine the performance and operations of the 488-bed hospital and will examine staff shortages on medical and surgical wards after hours, a lack of senior supervisors and an unreliable paging system.
Australian Medical Association NSW president Dr Kean-Seng Lim said it had been a rocky start for the hospital.
“As an association, these were definitely issues which we had pointed out and these are things that we would hope would be taken into account in any future endeavours of this sort,” he said.
Hazard reduction burns
Hazard reduction burns are planned for some parts of Sydney today depending on the weather.
The NSW Rural Fire Service says burns may take place at Penrith, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Hornsby and Sutherland.
The RFS is warning residents in affected areas to keep doors and windows closed, ensure pets have a protected area and reduce outdoor activities if suffering from asthma or a lung condition.
Some residents called the RFS concerned by smoke in the north-west Sydney area over the weekend.
ALP donations under scrutiny
ICAC is beginning six weeks of public hearings called Operation Aero to investigate whether the Labor Party was receiving cash from illegal sources.
A Labor fundraising dinner held at a Chinese restaurant called The Eight on March 12, 2015, caught the attention of investigators.
Donations in the form of 20 lots of $5,000, amounting to $100,000, were made in on or around the night of the dinner.
ICAC is investigating whether those donations were genuine, or whether they were made by “straw donors”.
Cloudy. Very high chance of showers. Light winds.
First posted August 26, 2019 06:22:47