- Ivana Smit, 18, was found dead on the 6th floor of the building in Kuala Lumpur
- Police say she fell from the balcony of a 20th floor apartment where she was partying with a married couple
- They were named by her friends and family as Alexander Amado Johnson, 45, and his wife Luna
- Johnson is a wealthy cryptocurrency trader and the pair have a young daughter
- At 7.25am, Ivana sent her boyfriend a selfie in which she appeared with Luna
- The teen was found dead at 3pm and was naked with 'bruises' on her neck
- Her father says it looked as though she had been grabbed by the throat
- Police insist there was no foul play but the Dutch model's family are suspicious
- The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said it was aware of the situation
Published: 09:18 EST, 13 December 2017 | Updated: 08:06 EST, 15 December 2017
A teenage Dutch model who was found dead at a Malaysian apartment complex last week after an apparent fall from a balcony had been partying with a pair of wealthy American swingers before she died, it has been claimed.
Ivana's grandfather, friends and Dutch media have named the couple as US citizen Alexander Amado Johnson, 45, and his Indonesian wife Luna.
Johnson, who has ties to Georgia, is the founder of Everus World, a cryptocurrency company based in Kuala Lumpur. Friends of Ivana's say she modeled with Luna, who is believed to be around 30, and that this is how they met.
Before returning to their apartment at 5am on December 6, Ivana's friends said the trio had been out drinking in Bangsar, a city 20 miles away from their apartment.
The two women were pictured together in a selfie Ivana sent to her boyfriend Lukas Kramer two-and-a-half hours before police say she died.
When questioned after the teenager's body was found, they reportedly told police they did not know what happened to her.
Ivana's friends and family in Kuala Lumpur say they were both taken into custody on drugs charges but they have not been charged over the teenager's death.
When he viewed her body on the morgue, the 18-year-old's father said she had 'cruises' on her neck which looked like finger marks. He fears foul play and does not believe that Ivana fell or committed suicide.
'I saw bruises on her neck, like fingerprints — as if someone had grabbed her there,' her father Marcel Smit told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur told DailyMail.com it was aware of the situation but was prohibited from confirming Johnson's arrest by privacy laws.
Ivana Smit, 18, (left in a fashion show days before her death) died last Thursday after plummeting from the balcony of Alexander Amado Johnson and Luna Johnson's 20th floor apartment in Kuala Lumpur
In this selfie which Ivana sent to her boyfriend at 7.25am, two hours before police say she died, Ivana (right) is seen with mother-of-one Luna (left) who friends say sometimes modeled with the teen
'We are aware of media reports of the detention of a U.S. citizen in Malaysia.
'The Department of State takes its obligation to assist U.S. citizens abroad seriously. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment,' an embassy spokesman said.
Ivana arrived back at the building with the couple at 5am after a night of partying in Bangsar.
She did not fall and she did not jump either Ivana's father
At 7.25am, she text her boyfriend with the selfie. Police say she fell at around 10am.
Her body was not discovered until 3pm, six hours later.
An autopsy revealed she had traces of ecstasy and alcohol in her system at the time.
When questioned, the couple told the police that neither one of them knew what had happened.
Mr. Johnson said he was asleep between 10am and 3pm and his wife reportedly claimed to have been taking their four-year-old daughter to school in the morning.
Neighbors have since claimed that they heard shouting coming from the apartment.
Ivana's father insists there is foul play and questioned how, when his daughter's clothes and bag were still inside but she wasn't, they did not know what had happened.
Ivana's naked body was found on the sixth floor balcony of this Kuala Lumpur apartment building. It is a wide terrace. Police say she fell from the balcony of a 20th floor apartment above at around 10am on Thursday December 7 but she was not found until 3pm that day
Johnson, 45, is a US citizen and was described by Ivana's friends and family as a millionaire cryptocurrency trader
Ivana had alcohol and ecstasy in her system when she died. She was naked when she was found and her clothes and bag were still in the couple's apartment but her underwear and shoes have not been found
Police have still not found Ivana's shoes or her underwear.
Her family suspect foul play and say the full story has not yet been unravelled.
'At 10.00 hours she would have fallen from the balcony at 20 high. How is that possible? She is tall, 1.81 meters, but the balustrade is also 1.20 meters.
'Only when you bend over, do you fall off. She did not fall and did not jump either,' her father said.
Police have said there were 'no criminal elements' to the model's death.
Ivana's devastated father along with his wife and son have now arrived in the country and contacted Interpol to demand a full probe into the incident.
Ivana's grandfather Hendrik Smit, who has lived in Penang, Malaysia, for over two decades and raised Ivana as a child there, said today: 'We cannot believe she fell from level 20 and the body was found at level 6.
'She was found there naked. Where are her shoes and underwear? We believe there is a criminal element in Ivana's death.'
Ivana's friends say she had modeled with Luna in the past and that the trio had been out drinking in Bangsar, a city nearby, before she died
Luna told police she took the couple's young daughter to school on Thursday morning at around the time of Ivana's death. Her husband is said to have told investigators he was sleeping
Johnson, who previously worked in Georgia and Florida, is believed to have lived in Kuala Lumpur since around 2011. His wife is Indonesian
He told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that the Johnsons remained in custody on drug charges. He does not know why his granddaughter was at the apartment.
Her family also say it was not likely that she was drowsy because of the ecstasy found in her system.
'Those are not drugs that you're going to sleep on,' her uncle Fred Agenjo said.
'There are so many questions. Her clothes have been found, but her shoes and underwear are not.
'The police do not look at her mobile phone. The police do not want to say whether the drugs were taken when they were alive. We want a full investigation.'
Ivana had first moved to Malaysia 13 years ago and lived with her grandfather Fredrik.
Ivana is pictured with her boyfriend, German national Lukas Kramer
Ivana's grandfather Hendrick Smit believes there is a criminal element to her death. Her family insist she did not fall and did not jump from the balcony
Ivana had lived in Malaysia for the last 13 years and was eager to build her modelling career
She was the second runner-up in Malaysia Supermodel Search 2014 and a leading model in the country.
Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Shaharuddin Abdullah said the case was 'sudden death' and appealed for more information from witnesses.
Her family say that she liked a party but they do not believe her death was self inflicted
He said: 'Our investigations so far and the post-mortem report show no elements of foul play.'
Nathalie Woodworth, one of her best friends who went with the family to view her body, said they want more information from police.
'We all just want an explanation to how she fell down.
'Not just saying "she fell" and no explanation or proof.
'Even if she did fall we all will live with it, but we just need proof,' she told DailyMail.com.
Neither Mr. Johnson nor his wife responded to DailyMail.com.
In a statement, a spokesman for Everus said: 'Everus is aware of the ongoing investigations by the Malaysian authorities with regards to one of our employees.
'The company will continue to monitor this matter carefully. Until the relevant authorities release official statements, we are unable to comment further.'
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55862128
Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581
Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane
Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
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