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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



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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At some point they started to argue. Everett Wheeler picked up two sticks and struck the deceased in the head, face, arms, chest and legs. He picked up a star picket and hit the deceased. While doing so he fell over and when getting up he took hold of a rock the size of a rockmelon and hit the deceased about the head with it about twelve times. Eight of those times left wounds that penetrated to the bone. At the scene there was blood on the sticks, the star picket and the rock. There were 24 distinct areas of bruising on the deceased's body. The deceased died of a subdural haematoma. When the deceased appeared dead, Mr Wheeler was filled with remorse. He carried and then tried to drag the deceased back to the Community. The next morning he handed himself in to Police. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced on 7 July 2014 to 10 years 6 months imprisonment with a non-parole period of 7 years. Kwementyaye Driver 212. On 23 April 2014 Kwementyaye Driver was killed near the Wauchope Hotel (between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs). She was 23 years of age: On 23 April 2014 she joined a group drinking in the scrub near Wauchope Hotel. Amongst them was Simos Riley. Both the deceased and Simos were intoxicated. They argued over jealousy issues. Simos then began to punch the deceased. She was knocked to the ground. Simos then kicked the deceased to the head a number of times and then picked up a branch and hit her. He then turned to others nearby and said "You want to fight me?" They turned their backs and left and heard further thumps as if he was continuing to hit her. Simos then dragged the body of the deceased to another location where he sought to burn it. At autopsy she was found to have died of multiple injuries that included subarachnoid haemorrhage. 34

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