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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

herself. He said that self-stabbings tend to be distinguished by the number of attempts because of an underestimation as to the effort required. 132. When the paramedics arrived at about 4.33am they found K wementyaye to be unresponsive. She showed no signs of life but was still warm. They commenced resuscitation. 133. They asked Mr Swan what had happened. But he did not give an explanation. Rather, he became aggressive. A little later he gave the explanation that he and K wementyaye had been at separate places drinking and then they had an argument and then a feed. He then paused. 134. He became angry again. The paramedic giving evidence was of the opinion that he paused just after he had said they had an argument as if he had realised he shouldn't have said that. 135. Sometime later however when the Police arrived he provided a different explanation. For the first time he said that she had "done it to herself'. 136. To Constable Patrick Egan he said that she first threatened to harm herself. Mr Swan did not believe she would do it and was shocked when she did. 13 7. To Senior Constable Fredi Pedrotti he said he found her on the bed bleeding lots (forensic examination found no blood on the bed). 138. To Constable Jason Sariago he said, "I just come back she stabbed herself'. "I was out and I came back, we argued ... ". 139. Even taking into account imperfect memories and note taking by the Police, the story from Mr Swan changed dramatically. 140. The versions are clearly inconsistent. Mr Swan also appeared to be trying to cover the likely scenarios where he was at fault. When speaking to the 22


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