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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

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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

77. On 20 February 2012, the DVOs were extended for another 12 months and the children included due to the incident on 11 February. 78. She moved back into the house and from 23 February 2012 Mr Swan stayed at the house Monday to Friday, but at his mother's residence on the weekends. Kwernentyaye said he didn't drink alcohol on week days. 79. The shelter assisted her with a priority application for housing. She said she sought a safe and permanent horne for her and the children. She said that if over the next two years Mr Swan overcame his addictions and abusive behaviour they could be a family again. 80. She said the house where they lived was premises rented from Mr Swan's employer, Alice Springs Town Council. As such he considered the house to be his and his favourite saying was "this is my house, get out". She and the children had left the house and moved around a lot. She did not feel that her safety was improving. 81. Workers from the Department of Children and Families worked with Kwementyaye and the children around their protective needs. They spoke about keeping potential weapons, like kitchen utensils out of sight and keeping a means of escape available. They spoke of making an escape earlier rather than later. 82. Kwernentyaye stated that she would often ask Mr Swan, "What am I doing wrong?" He would not answer. 83. During a conversation with Shelter staff on 14 March 2012 relating to the cycle of violence, K wementyaye suddenly stopped and smiled. She said, "I've just got it! It's not because I'm doing anything wrong, it's what he is doing!" 14


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