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(generated from captions) Welcome to A Current Affair. Hello again. in the most brutal circumstances. A woman is murdered

are claiming her life savings. Now the killers the law is helping them do it. And crazy as it sounds, How

can you take someone's life and gain from it? cruise that left her black and blue. Also tonight, one woman's nightmare didn't want to know. And the shipping line Plus, children and television - about what it's doing to our kids. startling new evidence on those new fad diets - And a nutritionist's verdict will any of them do any good for you? spent her life saving others. As a nurse, Fiona Fitter no-one could save her. But four years ago, outside her home - She was killed on the street her greatest protectors. killed by people who should have been to benefit from their horrific crime. Now those same people stand her entire superannuation payout. They're lining up to collect DRAMATIC MUSIC deceased at the scene. We have got a female are just too hard to fathom. Some things in life

The scientific police have arrived for the pathologist to arrive. and we are waiting

boy grow up to kill his mother? How could this little blond-headed on an October morning in 2001, As the day began Fiona Fitter, a 35-year-old nurse, chased by her husband, son ran from her home who can't be identified. and a 16-year-old girl and surgical needles. The trio were armed with a knife WOMAN: Children going to school, trying to offer assistance. a couple of neighbours came out its details are too graphic to tell. The footpath murder was so horrific the Christmas before she was killed? What did she say to you Goodbye. wouldn't survive. She said that she knew that she numbered. Ultimately, her time was going to be still playing out for Fiona's sister, But four years on, this tragedy is Ann Robb. just gone away, but it just doesn't. It would be nice to wake up and it's to profit for their crime. Because today the killers are going Who would believe someone my sister has been murdered? when they're saying going to get her money. The people who did that crime are Who would believe that? Fiona's husband, George Fitter, and a paranoid schizophrenic. was a drug addict there was drugs and alcohol, over a 20-year period. she'd put up with it and suffered ADHD. Son Grant also had a drug addiction issues with the teenage girl as well. The trial heard there were mental as a youth support counsellor, ut et t is F tte wor e@ But get this - Fitter worked

giving advice to troubled teenagers. Andrew, Would you be able to tell me, what antisocial behaviour is? here he is, In a story we did 10 years ago,

talking about criminal ringleaders,

to the circumstances chillingly similar he later found himself in. individual in that group The most psychotic or damaged and people just follow. can actually become the leader with other people, Terrifying to know he was dealing

long-term damage, to young people. what damage he may have done, Fragile young people? Yes. Fitter, his son and the girl on the grounds of mental illness. were all found not guilty in the mental health system Ann says George Fitter worked to his advantage. and knew how to work to it on the grounds of mental illness, When you're found not guilty it's an open-ended sentence. you could be released. Should you get better tomorrow, these killers go before a tribunal And every six months go back into the community. to be considered if they should collect Fiona's superannuation money. And the moment they do, they'll valued at about $120,000. It's at the moment Because they are the next of kin mental illness at the time. and won't lose it due to their or as bad as the murder. That is probably worse Ann is challenging it all the way. and gain from it? How can you take someone's life In the meantime, from behind bars,

superannuation money. they fight Ann for Fiona's And guess what?

They get free legal aid to do it, out of her own pocket. while Ann has to pay her legal bills I'm a taxpayer, you're a taxpayer. Legal aid, I'm paying for them, What's it cost you to fight this? Somewhere around $100,000. she wants justice. Ann doesn't want the money - Hello, how are you going? Good. who worked with Fiona. So too do the nurses Disgusted is probably the word. I'm going to get upset now. and another workmate we'll call Sue, Theresa Anderson, fearing Fitter if he's released. who doesn't want to be identified to his advantage. He knows how to work it other people How is that going to prevent doing the same thing? do what you want, go for it. It's a bit of a go out there,

And get paid? for the rest of your life. Yes, set yourself up they just need to be changed, The laws need to be changed, to what she wor ed s hard for why should they be entitled I mean, they took her life. Do you get angry? at a system that lets people down. Yes. Very angry, very angry in a rose bush at the hospital Fiona's ashes have been scattered where she once worked.

really the only family she ever had. In the end, aside from Ann, they were It just seems so wrong, doesn't it? It does. It does. Brady Halls there. It makes you angry, doesn't it? to change the law And it would be so easy all rights to any money so people like that forfeit from their victims.

OK, here's a woman for a bit of natural justice. who's also been fighting left black and blue A 72-year-old grandmother and stranded in foreign country -

turned into a nightmare. her holiday cruise It looked good and it sounded good for the first six days. and, in fact, it was good from Singapore to Hong Kong Mary Ewen thought a cruise

for a perfect holiday, would be just the ticket hit a fierce storm. that was until the liner 'Arion' and breaking and so forth. Everything was sliding and slipping

because the ship was rolling I had to grab for the bathroom door of stopping at the 90 degrees and the door came open and instead

which it should have done with the top bracket, the bracket snapped and the door kept going. And the door hit me straight down the face and knocked me back down the corner. Mary's nose was broken, her dentures smashed and her face left black and blue. My eyes went black and blood was everywhere. Masses all down my shirt and over the cabin floor. How would you describe the way the ship cared for you as an injured passenger? Well, it just didn't. And I could and I literally could have died that day. And I would have been dead in the cabin overnight and they wouldn't have known. When the ship's doctor was called to see her,

he listed her injuries as nose fracture and bleeding, wounds of nose forehead and chin, bruised forehead and broken dental plate, the ship's report stated her disability was total, but 72-year-old Mary was left to fend for herself and the doctor never came back. So he never rang you, never visited you, didn't check on you? No, no. Never saw anybody. They didn't help us disembark, we had to get through Customs in Hong Kong, go find our own taxi, and as far as they knew we were hoping to fly home. Well, I subsequently found out from Qantas that they won't let you. Holed up in a Hong Kong hotel, it was five days before Mary was deemed fit to fly, her family hardly recognised her. I didn't know anybody could be so badly hurt and still be standing. I've seen bruised faces before but I've seen nothing like that before. I'm very upset at their lack of compassion. How she was treated when the accident happened and that she got no help to disembark or go to a hospital or get treatment but the fact they won't respond to emails or phone calls or anything else is beyond my comprehension. It's now seven months since Mary's accident aboard the 'Arion'. Her medical bills now run over $3,000. Her injuries are ongoing and still Classic International Cruises refuses to apologise or accept liability for her ordeal. Its Australian managing director is Grant Hunter. Does he take any responsibility for what happened to you? Apparently not. I'm not following the American pattern of trying to get millions off him

but I would like to see something after all this time. No matter what sort of conditions the seas were in or the ship was in, that door should have never come off. Even her travel agent, Mary Lawford, has been unable to convince Grant Hunter that his passenger deserves compensation. I really think, based on her age, based on her injuries, someone should be listening to her a lot more. And somebody should pay? Exactly.

Well, finally today, Grant Hunter of Classic International Cruises has decided Mary Ewen is a genuine case for compensation. He has offered to refund the full cost of her cruise and cover her medical expenses to date - a total of $5,000. We'll wait to see if this company sees fit to cover Mary for future medical costs. What does it say about a ship when not only the door comes clean off but that everything's flying around, ships are built to weather storms? Well, it doesn't say a great deal and I wonder if they've met a storm before. Ros Thomas with that story from Perth. And if you've had a rough time trying to get justice following an accident on your holiday, let us know. Just send an email or drop us a line. Now to Bali. The holiday paradise may soon be deserted after those bombings. No-one is going to forget what happened or the courage of those who were caught up in the madness and tried to help. I held her for maybe 15 minutes or so and she was talking and she wanted to sit up. She kept calling for her husband. The last few minutes I was holding on to her she stopped squeezing the hand and stopped talking. In times of tragedy, there are always heroes. Aussie Steve is a reluctant one. We just did everything we ould to We just did everything we could to make people feel safe and omforted and help was on the way. You may have wondered who this man was when images of his brave efforts were splashed across our newspapers. Today, we tracked him down. Steve was one of the first at the scene of the Jimbaren Bay bombings. The first thing that we saw was an Australian man, I think his name was Bruce. He was sitting upright in the sand with his wife in his lap. And it's the first words I heard from anyone on the beach was from Bruce and he was saying the words, "I'm not going to leave you. I'm never going to leave you." With no formal medical training,

the manager of a complex of holiday villas tried his best to help the injured and dying. We just acted upon our instincts. Everybody did, you know? I wasn't alone there. He remembers Bruce Williamson comforting his dying wife, Jennifer. Bruce was just saying, "I'm OK, love, I'm here." He kept asking her, "Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me?" "Yes, you're OK, good." He was a champion. He did really, really well. Every hotel here is expecting a backlash - there have already been hundreds of cancellations, there's also talk of closures. Obviously, there have been cancellations, as would be expected.

The cancellations that we're seeing come through at the moment. Robert is chairman of the Bali Hotels Association - he represents more than 60 hotel owners. He's optimistic the tourists will return. We're getting a lot of sympathy messages through all our hotels, saying we won't be defeated by this. We'll be coming back to Bali. It's all very positive. But it's the locals that will feel the impact the most. Alright. Alright. Many of Bali's famous market stores are now eerily quiet, all but deserted. Business a bit quiet now. Come to Bali. Help me, please. After the first bombing in 2002, literally for six months there was nobody here. Australian Georgia runs a beauty salon and has lived here for 10 years. I believe that 75% of people in Bali are connected to tourism.

It's not what the Balinese would want. They need the tourists here. They need people to come back and hopefully come back to Bali. No-one here will ever forget the 2002 bombings which claimed more than 200 lives, 88 of them Australian. This memorial stands as a lasting reminder. It's taken until now for Bali to bounce back. sSlowly, the tourists have returned. It reached all levels of society. It affected health care, it affected the education. Kids were dropping out of school. It was very, very bad. Doug Wallace still has faith, he has to. He's in the middle of building a new resort and says the people of Bali should not be forced to pay the price of terror again. Bombs can go off anywhere. Longer term, we'll just have to wait and see a little bit. We hope that people will not desert Bali. BELLS RING While the Balinese began burying their dead, locals carried out a ceremonial cleansing of the bomb site. This stake in the sand marking the position the suicide bomber stood when he detonated his explosives, is a grim reminder of the carnage wrought here. For people so well known for their hospitality and their friendliness, smiles are now hard to find. But at least they are still there. And while many tourists have already fled the sun-drenched island, the people here pray for a better future, but there may not be one. I like Australian to come to Bali forever. We need to resurrect Bali and start rebuilding the pieces once again. Bali, for a lot of Australians, is their second home. So, we still like to think people have it in their hearts to support Bali and hold strong and realise that anywhere around the world this can actually happen. Simon Bouda there. The $1 million Australia is giving to Bali suddenly seems like a drop in the ocean when you consider an entire tourism industry could be set back for years to come. Coming up, a new study reignites the debate over the dangers of children watching too much television. in the Bunnings Warehouse spring catalogue. Garden spade or fork, a low $6.98. 4-burner barbecue, a hot $149. British Paints natural decking oil, just $42.69. Watering can, only $4.97. If you happen to find a cheaper price on a stocked item, we'll beat it by 10%. SONG: # Bunnings Warehouse. # Lowest prices are just the beginning. Welcome back. Almost since television began,

people have been worried about children watching too much of it. Most of this worry has been about the physical effects of inactivity. But a new British study suggests

watching TV may also be linked with damage to brain development and anti-social behaviour.

When we discover that cigarette

smoking damages people's health, we

do something about it. There is

seriously now scientific evidence

that excessive TV watching is

impacting on the health of our kids. You

can actually learn some really good

material on television. It can be

entertaining, incan be enjoyable,

relabsing. Good evening and welcome

to television. -- relaxing. Good

evening and welcome to television.

TV's been blamed for all sorts TV's be blamed for all sorts of TV's bee blamed for all sorts of TV's been blamed for all sorts of problems TV's bee blamed or all sorts of pro .5ems TV's been blamed for all sorts of problems - TV's b e blamed or all sorts of pro lems - TV s been blamed for all sorts of

TV's been blamed for all sorts of problems - poor eyesight, violence,

obesity, ADD, ADHD, even the

breakdown of the family unit.

TV's a big part of the 21st century.

And everyone's got plasmas and

widescreens and all that sort of

stuff. It's part of the world and

life. Do you like going outside or

watching TV? Watching TV. Watching

TV. British researchers are now

claiming TV can cause brain damage

claiming TV can cause brain damage in children, even as little as one

hour a day cuparently have

significant long-term consequences.

significant long-term consequences. -- can apparently have significant

long-term consequences. How much do -- can apparentl have sign icant long term consequ nces. How u h do

long-term consequences. How much do you watch? The

long-term consequences. How much do you watch? The whole day. Rebecca

you watch? The whole day. Rebecca and Jessica don't have too many

arguments about what's on the box.

At their place there are four to

At their place there are four to choose from. Do you think TV's bad

choose from. Do you think TV's bad for you? No. No? No. There are some

people who think it is? People

people who think it is? People think that if you watch it too much

you get square eyes. During the

you get square eyes. During the school holidays, how many hours are they watc ing?

they watching? Probably six. Robert

and Sky admit that's probably too

much. As for this new study and

brain damage... It's stupid and

ridiculous. I personally think it's

stupid. What else are these people

doing unless they're sitting in

doing unless they're sitting in front of a TV? Hormone changes,

front of a TV? Hormone changes, sleeping problems, premature

puberty, educational difficulties,

puberty, educational difficulties, all are possible spin-offs of too

all are possible spin-offs of too much TV, according to the British

much TV, according to the British boffin who describes this issue as

boffin who describes this issue as the greatest het scandal of our

time. I think he should find better

things to worry about. I don't

think it's a big problem. The kids

learn things from the TV. I know

learn things from the TV. I know when they were little, you'd put a

when they were little, you'd put a DVD on or 'Sesame Street', they

would teach them all the alphabet.

Do you believe this stuff? I do

Do you believe this stuff? I do believe that one or two hours per

believe that one or two hours per day for a long period of time would

certainly impact on the ability of

our kids to be good students and be,

I suppose, in control of their own

social norms. The new study

social norms. The new study suggests a daily limit of television. 1.5 televis on. 1.5 suggests a daily limit of television. 1.5 hours fo teenagers

and one hour for and ne our for

and one hour for comirpb. If you're

under 3, it gets worse - no TV, no

computer games, nothing until the

computer games, nothing until the

computer games, nothing until the age of four. If a doctor came along

age of four. If a doctor came along and said you could get sick from

watching too much TV, would you

stop watching it? No. Media is

important in children's lives. We

know it has an impact. We know it has an impact We

important in children's lives. We know it has an impact. We want it

to be positive. Get the balance and

make good choices for your kids.

Understand the classification cyst

anymore it's a much better

opportunity for long-term benefits

opportunity for long-term benefits rather than all the time I was

thinking we're actually damaging

our kids. Will these findings make

you guys switch off the TV? No. No.

At the end of the day it's parents

who own the home and the TV set.

There's an off button which parents can push. Ben Fordham with that story. Alright, now let's talk about the difference between the 'Doona', the 'Coconut' and the 'GI'. Confused? Well, they're just some of the names of the latest fad diets.

$6 million Powerball jackpot.

Absolutely beautiful. I'll take it. Excellent choice, madam. I'll wrap it for you now. Absolutely beautiful.

I'll take it. Excellent choice, madam. I'll wrap it for you now. You have to say one thing about the latest batch of fad diets.

They're very creatively named. But of course there's a far more important issue at stake than whether they sound good is... ..will any of them work? Celebs swear by their diets. Br de-to-b Demi Moo m the raw food one Br de-to-be Demi Moo # the raw food one. Gwyneth only eats macrobiotic. 'Sex in the City's Kim Cattrell dines on the South Beach Diet. Oprah says she's whittled the pounds away on the Perricone. And Liz Hurley slims down by stocking up on the Watercress Soup Diet. Every week, every month, there will be a new diet book, a new gimmick, a new way to lose weight. Dr Tim Crowe, lecturer in nutrition from Melbourne's Deakin University, has agreed to size up the latest diet hits and myths. How do you recognise a fad diet?

The best way to recognise a fad diet - lots of anecdotes and testimonials, rather than scientific evidence. The credibility of the authors - generally their nutrition qualifications may have come from the side of a Cornflakes box. Well, there's no cornflakes in this diet. In fact, no breakfast, lunch nor dinner on day one of the anti-arthritis part of the 'Miracle Food Cures from the Bible'. Really what our ancestors ate 2,000 years ago and the sorts of herbs they used - it's debatable how much that plays in us losing weight today.

Really, eating less - that's the way to go.

'the DOONA diet' - that's enough to put you to sleep. The name sounds great. It's not a diet about eat all you want in bed - it's a diet with a bit of good science behind it of sleeping well, controlling your stress levels and eating healthier. This is really someone's idea that the fats in coconuts make you lose weight. What makes you lose weight is eating less food. 'GI' - very popular, has some very good science behind it. 'GI' very popular, has some very good science e ind it. It focuses on eating foods that are generally high in fibre and control your blood sugar levels. Not a lot of evidence that it makes you lose weight. Eat every three hours? I'll tell you ?ow that doesn't matter how often u eat - I'll tell you now that it doesn't matter how often you eat - it matters how much you eat over the course of the day. For some people, eating by the clock every three hours whether they're hungry or not may actually cause them to put on weight, so a bit of a gimmick, that one. "Thou shalt not" - this book has lots of actually good tips about lifestyle changes - not so much a diet, per se. You won't be breaking any of the "10 commandments" once you meet the author, Arlene Normand. I've got a reputation as being the "lean, mean diet queen"

because I'm tough and I get results. She says eat small, eat slowly and get moving. A good diet is a balanced diet, so basically you're not cutting out any food groups, you're not depriving the person of any foods, something they can live with easily and it isn't any fad -

you don't have any fad pills, there's no quick weight loss promise, it's sensible, basically. Research has shown diets don't work. 95% of people put the weight back on, many with interest. So health gurus are now pushing for lifestyle changes rather than quick fixes. Adam Hill: The Health Point Diet is a healthy balance of proteins and carbs

based on breakfast, lunch and dinner and between the meals, we get to snack on protein-based snacks. It's as simple as that. This is the first time that anything has worked for me. Sydney builder Philip Edwards says he lost eight kilos in five weeks on this latest eating plan. Discipline is the main thing I've learnt, I think, and you've got to stick to it. So what is the secret formula to losing weight? Energy in equals energy out. If you eat more than what you need, you will gain weight, full stop. Elise Mooney weighing up the current crop of fad diets. And there's more information at our website. Now to an outrageous mistake that saw an innocent man locked away inside a maximum security prison.

No-one would believe him, so there he was in the company of killers, robbers and rapists, all because paper-shuffling bureaucrats somehow got it wrong.

Should you have been jailed?

Definitely not. They left me Def nitely not. They lef me Def nitely not. They left me in a

Definitely not. They left me in a maximum security jail with maximvm security ja l with

murderers and rapists. I need maximum security jail with murde ers an rapists. I ne d this

place to be responsible for murderers and rapists. I need this place to be responsible fo their

place to be responsible for their actions. It can happen to anyone.

Definitely not an isolated case.

Sheer frustration of knowing that Definitely not an isolated case.

you're right but you're still

A real nightmare. sitting in a cell.

to any of us. Don't think it couldn't happen That's tomorrow night. Thanks for being with us. Goodnight. See you tomorrow. www.auscap.com.au by the Australian Caption Centre. Supertext Captions