Man survives fall from 9th floor... but breaks almost every bone in his body
BRITAIN: You would have thought that falling more than 100ft from the ninth storey of a tower block would be enough to kill you instantly.
But that's not the case for father-of-one, Angelo Nicotra, who cheated death and survived such a fall from his flat in Birmingham.
Admittedly he broke practically every bone in his body when he landed on the concrete pavement below, but the 22-year-old is now making a good recovery and is ready to go home.
He fell from the balcony while on sleeping tablets, which he believes led to hallucinations.
He was taken to Heartlands Hospital where he has had eight operations to treat his shattered ankles, pelvis, arms, heels and jaw following the accident in the Ward End area of the city three days after Christmas.
The fall has left the once toned and muscled young man in a poor physical condition.
But now, three months after the accident, he is finally ready to leave hospital to spend more time at home with his son, Angelo Junior, and he has now moved to a new flat. This time on the ground floor.
At the time of the incident he said he was on sleeping pills following relationship problems and being unable to find a job, leaving him depressed.
He said: 'I think I must have been hallucinating. I can't remember the fall at all and just remember waking up in hospital.
'I broke nearly every bone in my body and it has been a long slog. I had to have two metal rods coming out of my pelvis and I didn't know if I would ever walk again.
'But I survived and that makes you think about life and everything you have got. I've got a son and I will be here for him.
Girl, 12, gives birth on school trip
HOLLAND: A 12-YEAR-OLD Dutch girl gave birth while on a school trip, sparking a police search yesterday for the father of the child.
The girl, from Groningen, 183km north-east of Amsterdam, complained of stomach pains on March 22, during a day out with classmates.
Teachers realised the girl was in labour and called an ambulance.
Ambulance officers rushed to the scene, and the 12-year-old delivered a healthy baby girl in a nearby building.
The young mother was then taken to the hospital but has refused to name the father.
Family members said that the schoolgirl's father previously sexually abused another older daughter and served two years in jail for the sex crime, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
The girl was living with her father and brother after he won custody following a divorce from their mother, who was originally from Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America.
The girl's stepsister, 30, told the newspaper, "I warned him. I am shocked about what happened."
Dutch police said in a statement yesterday: "The girl got pregnant when she was 11, which in itself means there has been a criminal offence. Article 244 of the Penal Code, sex with a minor under 12, is punishable. In addition, there are now [circumstances] reported by the Child Protection Board. Taking these two circumstances, the police is now investigating who the father [of this baby] is."
The girl was due to go into foster care once she was released from the hospital.
Snake traps woman for six days
NEW SOUTH WALES: A frightened woman was held prisoner in her NSW home for six days by a large deadly red-bellied black snake.
Disabled pensioner Meredith Schetrumpf, of Budgewoi, on the Central Coast, claims she phoned numerous organisations for help but without success.
"For six days I was a prisoner in my house,"she told the Central Coast Express Advocate newspaper.
Ms Schetrumpf, who receives a disability pension, lives alone with her pet dog, Jack, said she looked out her window to see a 2m king red-bellied black snake curled up at the gate on the path outside her front door on March 18.
Terrified it might enter her house she phoned police, her local MP and Wyong Council who gave her several numbers to call for help.
However, the numbers were either disconnected or didn’t answer.
One organisation that did answer the phone was WIRES which said they would only come out if the snake was injured.
Man loses Rs3 lakh in phishing attack
PUNE: A consultant working with a private firm lost his hard earned money in a phishing attack on his bank account yesterday. Sanjay Basu, was astounded to realise that his hard earned money had vanished from his account leaving no trace. Sanjay has filed a complaint with Chatushrugi Police after he noticed thatRs 3 lakh were missing from his account.
Sanjay had an account in Canara Bank. While making a money transaction, he noticed that about Rs 3.33 lakh were transferred from his account and deposited via e-transaction in 18 different accounts in Mumbai, Kolkata, Pedur, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi, from where the money was again withdrawn at once.
The transactions took place on 24 and 25th March. Police inspector Bhimrao Tele of Chatushurngi Police station is investigating the matter. "I have asked for details of all the 18 accounts where the money was transferred and later withdrawn. Many have replied to my enquiry and rests are expected to send their replies soon," he said.