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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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217. On 22 June 2016 when sentencing Edwin Armstrong in the Alice Springs Supreme Court in relation to unlawfully causing serious harm and other offences related to violence against his partner, Justice Martin said: "You have taken no notice of numerous sentences of imprisonment and you have taken no notice whatsoever of restraining orders over many years ... General deterrence is important notwithstanding the fact that over the years the penalties have increased and they do not seem to be having any significant impact as a deterrent. As has been said so often, this is probably because drunken men like you, when they are highly intoxicated and become angry and violent, do not think about the consequences." 218. On 29 July 2016, Justice Southwood sentenced Dale John Smith to 11 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 8 years. Mr Smith is not of Aboriginal heritage. His violence and abuse had kept his whole family in fear for more than 20 years. Justice Southwood stated: "This case affords the Court an opportunity to educate the community about the very serious nature of domestic violence; to make it clear that domestic violence is a serious violent crime ... The victims are entitled to be safe and secure in their community. They are entitled to lead lives free from violence, degradation and humiliation. The Court must do what it can to protect them ... They have done nothing wrong. I am recommending to the Parole Board that you should not be released on parole until you fully acknowledge the criminality of your past conduct and until you have completed both the Intensive Alcohol and Other Drugs Program and the Violent Offender Treatment Program." Rates of Domestic Violence 219. Police presented evidence at the inquest that the rates of domestic violence were the lowest since 2012 (decreasing 0.5%). Also provided 38

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