News

Deported girls mum 'conned'

LET DOWN: The mother of the girls sent back home to Italy fears she has been double-crossed by Channel Nine.
LET DOWN: The mother of the girls sent back home to Italy fears she has been double-crossed by Channel Nine. Cade Mooney

THE mother of four Sunshine Coast sisters forced to return to Italy to live with their father and his family fears they have been double-crossed by the producers of 60 Minutes.

The high-profile court battle which resulted in the sisters being sent back to Italy will be the subject of a segment on the show tonight.

But teasers on Channel 9 this week have left their mother and her family doubting their story will get a fair airing.

Promotions for the show appear to indicate that it will favour the girls' father, who won the court battle after claiming their mother abducted them.

The girls' great-grandmother yesterday said the family was "worried sick" they had been conned by Channel 9.

"THEY (60 Minutes) went to Italy and spoke to the girls' father before they interviewed their mother and it looks like they believed everything he told them," she said.

"She was terribly upset after the interview because she felt they hated her.

"We weren't promised anything beforehand, but she (journalist Tara Brown) came out attacking her right from the start.

"I think she trusted them but she is having regrets now."

In anticipation of the girls' father denying allegations against him about his treatment of her and the girls, the mother has sent 60 Minutes producers documents which she claims prove the allegations against him are true.

The girls' grandmother on Friday lost a Supreme Court action against Channel 9 to stop 60 Minutes from featuring her image in tonight's story.

She claimed she agreed to participate only if her image was not shown as she receives daily death threats from hate groups and vigilante fathers groups.

The interviews were filmed in Mildura, where the grandmother lives, because she was too sick to travel after a series of operations.

She claimed she was pressured into participating in the story, despite repeatedly telling the producer she did not wish to and originally being promised her image would not be shown.

The Daily was unsuccessful in attempts to obtain comment from 60 Minutes.

Topics:  deportation high court kidnap parenting



Cory Bernardi, AFP officers and judges hit by hacking

Australian Federal Police officers and judges also affected

Hello? Hello?! Mobile outage left users offline for hours

Some customers were left on hold of up to 40 minutes.

FREE: Movies in the park back in 2017

SEARCHING: The character Dory, voiced by Ellen Degeneres, in a scene from the movie Finding Dory. Supplied by Disney.Photo contributed.

Blockbusters coming to open-air screens across four Ipswich suburbs

Local Partners

Gatton family claims game show success

A GATTON family walked away with more than $11,000 after an exciting three-night run on game show Family Feud.


Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

9 things to do this weekend

IT'S ON: Help raise funds for cancer research this weekend at the Ipswich Turf Club. The Shearer Tackles Cancer pig races will still be conducted in the Beer Garden from 12pm.

From music and markets to hiking and swimming, Ipswich has it all

Six things to do this weekend

Enjoy a visit with Thomas and Friends at The Workshops Railway

Check out what's on in and around Ipswich.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

Amber Heard 'smitten' with Elon Musk

Amber Heard

ACTRESS is reportedly excited about going public with new boyfriend

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

WARNING: Builders, clean up "unsightly sites"

Councillor Ireland at a messy building site.

Failure to do so could see builders slapped with fines.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!