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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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Simas Riley pleaded guilty in the NT Supreme Court to reckless manslaughter of the deceased. He was sentenced on 6 August 2015 to 11 years and 6 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 8 years. Frustration of the Courts 213. The frustrations with the continuing and extreme levels of violence are being voiced by Judges. 214. On 14 September 2015, Justice Kelly took the unusual step of allowing media with cameras into the Supreme Court during the sentencing of Conway Stevenson. He had killed his partner, Kwementyaye Bigfoot on 26 November 2013 at Bagot Community in Darwin. She was 29 years of age. The circumstances of her death were as follows: "There was a significant history of domestic violence between the deceased and Mr Stevenson: On 7 October 2010 Mr Stevenson assaulted the deceased with an iron bar, breaking her arm. He was convicted for assault and a DVO was made for two years. On 5 September 2011 the deceased struck Mr Stevenson on the head with a stick resulting in a minor laceration. On 20 November 2011 the deceased and Mr Stevenson were arguing and Police noticed a laceration on the deceased's arm. However she refused to provide any information to Police about how she was injured. On 7 March 2012, Mr Stevenson punched the deceased until she fell to the ground and then tried to stomp on her head. He was convicted of aggravated assault and contravening the DVO. On 2 July 2012 the deceased smashed a bottle and stabbed Mr Stevenson with the broken bottle three or four times. Mr Stevenson was taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital and a DVO was taken out in his favour. 35

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