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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170. He was often arrested and sent to prison. He was in custody for more time than he was at liberty and yet the pattern of his violence when at liberty seemed unaffected. Indeed, it increased. 171. It is all too easy to think that if the women had cooperated with the Police that the system might have been more effective. But it omits consideration of the likely consequences to the victim. 172. Those consequences were such that the women would not or could not cooperate with the criminal justice system. The Town Camp 173. Kwementyaye Murphy lived in Hoppy's Camp, a Town Camp in Alice Springs. The Town Camps are Aboriginal Communities and zones of significant socio-economic disadvantage. 174. The law does not permit the consumption of alcohol in the Town Camps. If found, Police tip it out on the ground. However it is evident that consumption of alcohol in or near the Town Camps is a regular occurrence. 175. Law and order is not likely to be seen in a positive light in the Town Camps. The "law" tips out the alcohol, it removes children from families and takes members of the community (usually men) to prison. 176. Similar to many of the low socio-economic areas throughout the world, the concentration of disadvantage is accompanied by significant gender inequality and violence. 177. On the other hand, Kwementyaye McCormack lived in the Alice Springs suburb of Larapinta but not in the Larapinta Valley Town Camp. She and her husband were employed. 27
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