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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

178. However, the violence in her life and in the lives of her family was also very real. 179. On the day before she died her niece came to K wementyaye' s house after an altercation with her husband. She had driven home and met her husband who broke the windscreen of the car (while she was still in it) and was about to stab her son (who was in the car) when her mother intervened. K wementyaye called the Police. 180. Her niece continued to fear that her husband would find her. She was unwilling to stay at K wementyaye' s house by herself. She said that her husband got that way every month when they came into Alice Springs for supplies. He would get drunk and violent. 181. One of Mr Swan's cousins was with him prior to Mr Swan being dropped home on the morning of Kwementyaye's death. He gave evidence at the inquest that he had been in prison five times for domestic violence. He was in prison at the time he gave his evidence. 182. He was not willing to abide the terms of the DVO because he wanted to see his daughter. He was unrepentant. 183. One of the more impressive witnesses during the inquest was Justine Castine-Swan, the sister of Mr Swan. She clearly didn't want to be giving evidence and was only there because she was summonsed. Ms Castine Swan had been the primary carer for Kwementyaye's children since her death. She was well respected by both families. 184. She stated that domestic violence in Alice Springs is out of control. She said they get drunk and violent. It happened in her extended family. She 28


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