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CHRIS DAUNT’S KILLER TO BE SENTENCED

The man responsible for the death of Lake Macquarie builder Chris Daunt will be sentenced in Newcastle on the 8th of December. 34-year-old Christopher John Robertson last week pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Daunt, by reason of excessive self-defence. Court documents revealed Robertson struck Mr Daunt three times in the head with a hammer in March 2015, while being held at gunpoint by the 27-year-old. He later dumped his body at Seahampton. Robertson is facing up to 20 years behind bars.

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WALLSEND MP CHARGED BY NSW ELECTORAL COMMISSION

The NSW Electoral Commission has charged Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery for allegedly misusing enrolment information. The Commission alleges the offence occurred in August last year. One charge has been laid, with the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office prosecuting the matter on behalf of the Commission. As the matter will be heard in the Local Court, the maximum fine that can be imposed is $22,000. The matter is listed before the Downing Centre Local Court on August 28. Ms Hornery has released a statement saying she will be “vigorously defending” the matter. “I take my duties as an MP very seriously and always act with integrity,” she said. “As the matter is about to go to court, I don’t think it is appropriate to make any further comment until the process is complete.”

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FIRE AUDIT POSSIBLE FOR CITY’S BUILDINGS

In the wake of London’s horrific Grenfell Tower blaze, Newcastle Council is looking to conduct a fire audit of the city’s buildings. If the move goes ahead, it’s expected to take two months before at-risk buildings are identified. The audit would involve finding certain building materials, specifically flammable cladding, similar to that which fuelled the London inferno and the Lacrosse building fire in Melbourne three years ago.

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