Live breaking news: Brittany Higgins 'unavailable' as trial resumes; Warning of more rain for NSW after sunny respite – 9News

Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Monday, October 10, 2022. Despite forecasts of blue skies New South Wales residents are being urged to be vigilant for flooding, with rivers to continue rising early this week. Brittany Higgins was set to take the stand today again at the trial of her accused rapist but is 'unavailable'. A garbage truck driver who hit and killed a Sydney pedestrian while cutting a corner has been spared immediate jail time. Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling the attack on the Kerch Bridge to Crimea a "terrorist act", publicly saying he believes it was carried out by Ukrainian special services.
– SES receives 1000 calls for help as rivers rise in NSW
Five-year-old girl severs two fingers in horror playground accident
Putin blames Ukrainian 'terrorist act' for attack on Crimea bridge
Brittany Higgins unavailable to give evidence in rape trial
That's a wrap of the day's live news blog for Monday, October 10.
The SES has received more than 1000 calls for help as rivers rise across NSW, with more wild weather forecast to lash states on Australia's east coast again this week.
Brittany Higgins was "unavailable" to give evidence today in court as the trial of accused rapist Bruce Lehrmann continues.
Four people have been charged in connection with the alleged murder of a mother-of-six in Perth.
Two girls, 14 and 15, have been found dead in a car in the ACT after a "horrific" crash, with a teenage boy charged.
And Australians' new biggest "worry" has emerged, toppling COVID-19.
Keep up to date with all the latest headlines and breaking news stories at 9news.com.au and nine.com.au until we're back tomorrow.
A young girl has been rushed to hospital after two of her fingers were partially severed at a playground in Sydney's Inner West.
The five-year-old was playing at a park on Homebush Road just before 1.30pm when her hand became stuck in a carousel.
Firefighters "located her two severed fingertips" while paramedics tended to the girl at the playground.
She has been taken to the Children's Hospital at Westmead for emergency treatment.
Another rainband is bearing down on the nation's south east, increasingly the likelihood of flooding across multiple states.
It comes after a monster storm smashed New South Wales and southern Queensland over the weekend. Residents are today urged to be vigilant for flooding as rivers continue rising.
A new cold front and associated low pressure trough will start passing over from Wednesday, Weatherzone said, adding it will bring three days of heavy rain to South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, the Australian Capital Territory and southern Queensland.
Detective Sergeant Sam Hazlitt described the alleged attack as "brutal" and said both tools and weapons have been seized.
"It will be alleged she has suffered critical injuries as a result of trauma to the head," Hazlitt said.
"That was blunt force trauma.
"We have seized a high volume of exhibits which are being forensically processed which include both tools and weapons."
Four people have been charged over the alleged murder of a Perth mother-of-six.
The 40-year-old's body was last seen in the Armadale area on September 23 and her body was found in bushland on October 7.
Police allege the woman was lured to a dog park and attacked by her housemates, before her body was dumped a short time later.
A 32-year-old man from Brookdale, a 30-year-old woman from Brookdale and a 24-year-old man from Armadale were today charged with murder.
A 26-year-old from Armadale has been charged with accessory after the fact.
More to come.
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