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06 NEWS MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 A FORMER soldier who kicked a woman in the face and stole her violin while on a suspended sentence for choking a young child has been sent back to jail. Jeremy Cooper, 23, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to aggravated robbery and aggravated assault after attacking the two young people harmlessly enjoying the evening on the A range of Territorians have been stuck in the town of McKinlay Territorians stranded in North QLD floods TRUCKIES, kids and a group of Territorians are among those stuck in the middle of North Queenslands catastrophic floods. Yvonne and John Pratt began driving home to Darwin from the Gold Coast on Wednesday when a day later they got stranded in McKinlay, a small town 430km from the NT and Queensland border. The couple and about 30 others are holed up in the famous Walkabout Creek Hotel after roads in and out of McKinlay were blocked. Despite the dangerous con ditions, Mrs Pratt said the mood was positive. Everyones doing great, apparently this is quite normal, she said. Theres nothing anyone could have done. Wed all rather be safe. Also stranded in the hotel are young families, a musician with her dog and a pair of doctors who were due to begin work at Royal Darwin Hospital today. Esplanade knife attack Man kicked woman in the face and stole her violin Darwin Esplanade last June. The court heard Cooper was armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava when he approached the man and woman who were sitting on the grass about 7.20pm and demanded money. After taking $10 from the womans wallet, he grabbed her violin and when she plead ed with him to leave it, he kicked her twice in the face, causing her to lose her grip on the instrument and ran away. Cooper also stabbed the man in the back when he tried to intervene. At the time, Cooper was wearing an electronic monitoring device which tracked his movements via GPS and was later checked by police to confirm his whereabouts. On one level the offences were simply stupid, Justice Anthony Graham said. The offender was bound to be apprehended. In sentencing Cooper to four years and three months in jail, Justice Graham also restored his previously sus pended sentence for choking his former partners threeyear-old daughter, causing her to have a seizure. Justice Graham said the horrific knifepoint robbery was senseless and foolish. In a planned, premeditated way the offender preyed on two innocent people who were simply enjoying the park in the early evening, he said. The attack was, no doubt, frightening and had physical consequences to both victims. In setting a non-parole period of two years, one month and 14 days, Justice Graham said for actions, there must be consequences. The community demands that penalties be imposed to deter both this offender and others from committing similar offences, he said. JASON WALLS TARGET ACTIVE STEP MACHINE Keycode: 60505385 Sold at Target Australia stores including Target Country and at www.target.com.au from April 2018 January 2019 Defect: Components have not been manufactured in accordance with Targets safety and quality standards. Hazard: Risk that the stepper may break during use, which could result in a serious injury. We recommend you stop using the product and return the product to a Target or Target Country store as soon as possible, where our team members will provide you with a full refund. A receipt is not required to obtain a refund. Contact: If you require further information, please contact our Customer Support Centre on 1300 753 567 or visit www.target.com.au/help/contact-us What to do: PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL See www.productsafety.gov.au for Australian Product Recall Information 36 05 -A bettertax.gov.au Find out how you benefi t at The Government is tackling tax avoidance to ensure foreign and big businesses pay their fair share with an extra $5.6 billion collected in the last two years. Were building a better tax system for small businesses. For small to medium businesses, there is immediate tax relief as well as a reduction in the company tax rate to 25% in just three years. Better for business Authorised by the Australian Government, CanberraAuthorised by the Australian Government, Canberra