Xydias to pay victims

first_imgConvicted Greek-Australian sex fiend John Xydias has been ordered to pay a total of $1.08 million in compensation to five of his victims.Xydias, who filmed his drugged victims as he raped them, did not oppose or defend the proceedings brought against him.Chief Justice Marilyn Warren said yesterday that Xydias’ victims only learned of the crimes committed against them when watching the films in a police station.“The applicants knew the respondent (Xydias) as a Dr Jekyll, but in the films they saw him as a hideous, sexual Mr Hyde, abusing their bodies,” Chief Justice Warren said.“No compensation will really compensate for their physical and psychological pain,” she said.Police have found 17 films of drugged women being sexually assaulted, some of whom have not been identified.Xydias pleaded guilty to 25 counts of rape and 61 counts of indecent assault committed between 1991 and 2006 at his parents’ Glen Iris home, or at a holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula.In June he was jailed for 28 years with a non-parole period of 20 years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fatal December plane crash ruled a suicide

first_imgMark Matter and his plane.(Courtesy of Dave Cannon)Last December, Mark and Cecilia Matter lost their lives when their red plane crashed into Marvel Dome, a snow-covered mountain near the family’s mine. Authorities now consider the Aniak couple’s death to be a suicide.Listen nowAccording to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), authorities couldn’t find any mechanical issues with the Matters’ plane that could have caused the accident. The report concludes that Mark Matter must have crashed the plane intentionally.“Unfortunately, there are no winners in this one,” NTSB spokesperson Clint Johnson said. “Our hearts go out to the family.”Johnson added that the NTSB worked closely with the State Troopers on this case, following the lead of their investigation. According to the Alaska Dispatch News, friends and family told the Troopers that Cecilia Matter was sick with cancer at the time of the crash. In a past interview with KYUK, the Matters’ children said that their mother didn’t have long to live.Johnson said that in his experience, suicides by plane are rare.“In my 20 years there have been roughly three,” Johnson said. “We’ve always had suspicions, maybe, but the ones we were able to rule are suicide are very, very very few.”The Matters’ children declined requests for further comment. In a previous interview, they told KYUK that their parents were inseparable.last_img read more