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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

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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

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application/pdf

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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

46. Mr Scrutton sought to hand himself in to Police and made admissions relating to some of the attack. He was intoxicated at the time and said he had blacked out. 4 7. The forensic pathologist, Dr John Rutherford found at autopsy: "1. Lacerations, abrasions and bruises variously to the scalp, face, neck, back and front of the trunk and to both arms and both legs; 2. Small volumes of blood over the surface of the brain (subdural and subarachnoid haemorrhage), with further blood present deep inside the brain (ventricular haemorrhage); 3. Bruising to the lungs; 4. Mild bruising of the bowel, with a small volume of blood in the abdominal cavity; 5. Fractured ribs on both sides of the front of the chest." 48. The description of the injuries is confronting. The photographs are horrifying. 49. Her blood contained 0.164% alcohol. Her urine contained 0.292% alcohol. 50. Justice Martin on 17 June 2016 described the attack of Mr Scrutton as a "vicious and prolonged beating". He said during sentencing remarks: "What almost defies imagination is the extent and number of blows that were struck by you. And when I say blows, they weren't punches. Plainly they were kicks and some stomping. There were over 40 blows ... they caused a range of injuries, including injuries to the brain and the chest which together substantially contributed to the death of K wementyaye". 51. He sentenced Mr Scrutton to life imprisonment and fixed a non-parole period of 20 years (the standard non-parole period required by s53A(l)(a) Sentencing Act). 9


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