On 60 Minutes Liz Hayes reports on a family dealing with severe autism and Tom Steinfort investigates the missing daughter of Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed.
The love Liz and Sean Whelan feel for their 12-year-old son Max is overwhelming. They’d do anything to protect him. But it turns out it’s them – and their three other children – who need to be protected from Max. Max suffers from a severe form of autism which makes him unpredictably violent. Six or seven times a day he goes into meltdown. It means he can be angelic one second and out of control the next. The stress has become so unbearable that in a desperate effort to save their family Liz and Sean have been forced to take unthinkable and heartbreaking action.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Garry McNab
The Missing Princess
Not even the creators of a James Bond film could come up with a plot as intriguing and frightening as this. Thirty-two-year-old Princess Latifa is the daughter of Dubai’s all-powerful ruler, Sheikh Mohammed. She was born into a life of extreme wealth, but there was one thing her money couldn’t buy: freedom. Four and a half months ago, with the help of a former French spy, she made a daring escape. Yet for all the meticulous planning she failed spectacularly, and on the high seas somewhere between Dubai and India the runaway princess’s yacht was intercepted. Latifa was kidnapped by heavily armed soldiers and hasn’t been seen since.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producers: Nick Greenaway, Eliza Berkery
8:40pm Sunday on Nine