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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018

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22 WEEKEND SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NT Weekend04 NEWS FEATURE The death of NT Police Detective Sergeant Tony Henrys sent shockwaves through the Territory police force. As CRAIG DUNLOP reports, the popular officer has been remembered as a dedicated and skilled detective; and a kind-hearted larrikin He left the world a better, safer place When news of De-tective SergeantTony Henryssdeath began to filter out last week, the NT Police got an unexpected phone call. One of the villains Sgt Henrys had put away years ago rang to offer condolences to his family. It was the measure of the man that Sgt Henrys could have the respect of a chap he had last seen being taken out the back door of a courtroom and down to the cells. Yesterday, St Marys Cathedral was awash with black and blue, as Sgt Henryss family and generations of colleagues said their farewells to the veteran of 23 years in the force. He was 52. The former electrical apprentice joined NT Police relatively late in life, and at 29 found himself walking the hot and dusty beat of Tennant Creek. In a moving eulogy, his close mate and first boss, Superintendent Bob Rennie, remembered a man obsessed with detail, never one to do anything by halves. It wasnt just the mountain of little details which make up complicated criminal investigations which Sgt Henrys was a stickler for. Who is going to make sure the cars are absolutely spotless, Supt Rennie said. He was a demon for that. What can you say about a man who was so dedicated to the job? You cant drive far in Darwin without going past a footpath, a house, a shop or a park which was once crime scene Sgt Henrys had been sent to. Many of them were the thankless investigations which barely register in the news or with the public. Others, such as the murder of Carlie Sinclair, took place amid intense publicity and public scrutiny. In the early weeks of the investigation into Ms Sinclairs murder, her partner and killer, Danny Deacon, whinged to the NT News that Sgt Henrys had ordered police to follow his every move. Years later, Deacon would be handed a life sentence for his crime. Sgt Henrys, colleagues said, was driven most by the cases which seemed unlikely to ever be solved. One of the cases he never saw solved was the unsolved disappear ance and suspected murder of Richard Roe, whose car was found abandoned near Lake Bennett in 2016. It irritated him that the probe into Mr Roes disappearance had run into dead end after dead end, but the case drew him in because of an unwavering belief that somewhere out there was a tiny detail which would make sense of everything and yet another crim locked away. Sgt Henrys became a detective in 2002, of which he was enormously proud and which he would fre quently point out that his first boss, Supt Rennie, had never earned the designation. It was something of a baptism of fire, and within months was seconded onto the missing persons investigation for British backpacker Peter Falconio, a case which involved dozens of investigators and which has a special place in the pool room for everyone involved. Supt Rennie, tongue somewhere near cheek, said Sgt Henrys learnt to boat during a stint as officer-in-charge of Minjalang police station on Croker Island. From that point on, he would be as dangerous to the catfish of Top End waters as he was to wanted crims. The last time we spoke, Sgt Henrys was overseeing the manhunt for Wayne Abdul Sultan, who had hit and killed Jason Dickie McCormack on New Years Eve 2017. Sultan had led police on a high speed chase and at one point, when cornered, came close to running down an officer, a scenario which leaves some cops barely able to contain their rage. If Sgt Henrys was angry, it didnt show; all he wanted was for Sultan to hand himself in. Sgt Henrys was a stalwart of the major and serious crimes units, where his cheeky smile and infectious laugh lifted the mood in an office which deals with a seemingly unending workload of grim crimes. The front few pews at St Marys yesterday were lined with the detectives who staff the close-knit units, and who this weekend will swap their uniforms for fishing tops at a quiet wake at a pub. Most of us went fishing Supt Rennie said, tongue somewhere near cheek, Tony just went boating. I dont know what more to say except rest in peace, youll never be forgotten. Sgt Henryss sudden and unexpected death in Adelaide earlier this month was met with a sense of disbelief. The sense is that were in the presence of a mystery, Bishop Eugene Hurley said yesterday. Why, he pondered, did one of the good guys, with a family that loved him dearly and at the height of his powers as a detective, have to die so Detective Sergeant Tony Henrys (left) was farewelled at St Marys Cathedral Picture: SUPPLIED/PATRINA MALONE How can your husband, your friend, your colleague, love you so much then leave you without him? Its a mystery and its a sad mystery. B I S H O P E U G E N E H U R L E Y

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