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Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

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Title

Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

Other title

Tabled Paper 242

Collection

Tabled Papers for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2017-03-16

Description

Deemed

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright

Copyright owner

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/271492

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/432582

Page content

39. Police however persisted and Mr Scrutton in due course pleaded guilty to the charges and was imprisoned for a total of nine months for the assaults. 40. He was released in January 2014. He came to the notice of Police on twelve occasions for episodes of domestic violence between then and when he was imprisoned for 21 days in July 2014 for breach of a DVO. On each occasion Kwementyaye refused to cooperate with Police. On one occasion after being punched and thrown to the floor she fought him off by stabbing him to the cheek. 41. There were another two episodes before he was imprisoned for seven days for breach of the DVO on 30 July 2014. 42. There were then a further three reported episodes before he was imprisoned for 21 days on 13 October 2014 for breach of the DVO. 43. It was just 14 days after his release that it is alleged he was kicking on Kwementyaye's door and yelling out her name. She told Police that she had feared he would knock the door down but that she was too tired to make a statement. 44. Despite the unwillingness of Kwementyaye to assist Police in prosecuting Mr Scrutton, he was still incarcerated on a regular basis for his assaults on her and breaches of DVOs. He was in prison sixty percent of the time between 2005 and the date of her death. Her Death 45. On 20 December 2014 Kwementyaye was murdered by Mr Scrutton. She is survived by her daughters who at that time were 22 years of age and 2 years of age. 8


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