Hanging Rock gunmen in court

Three Australian gunmen who boasted they killed five people in a two-state murder spree, shot two miners in the face at point- blank range and threw them over a cliff still alive, a court was told yesterday, Reuter reports from Sydney.

The killing came to an end earlier in the day when one of the men killed himself in the remote Hanging Rock cattle station in the Gibraltar Mountains, 300 miles north of Sydney, ending a 27- hour siege. The two others appeared in court charged with murder.

The gang leader, Leonard Leabeater, 41, shot himself shortly after dawn after his partner Robert Steele, 22, surrendered to police. A third man, Raymond Bassett, 25, gave himself up on Tuesday.