This week 60 Minutes looks back at the murder of 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley, two and a half years on, and the brain trauma caused by concussion in our athletes.
MURDER IN PARADISE
A few kilometres up the road from Cairns in Far North Queensland is Wangetti Beach. It’s a spectacular stretch of sea and sand, perfect for the tourist brochures. But Wangetti Beach is now better known for evil because it’s the place where Toyah Cordingley was brutally murdered. It was broad daylight and the vivacious 24-year-old woman was doing nothing more than enjoying the sun and taking her dog for a walk when she was attacked. As Liz Hayes reports, two and a half years on Toyah’s family remain haunted by her death, and increasingly distressed that while police have a suspect they want to question, he remains out of their reach.
Reporter: Liz Hayes Producer: Simon Heath
No one questions the commitment of elite footballers when they’re battling it out on the field. They’re not only willing to put their bodies through hell for victory, it’s expected of them. Sometimes the hits are so hard the players are knocked senseless. But where it used to be considered a badge of honour to get up and play on after being concussed, now brain trauma is being recognised for what it really is: a massive headache for the participants and administrators in all contact sports. And it has led to some of our greatest former athletes once again showing what heroes they really were.
Reporter: Sarah Abo
Producer: Madeleine Apps