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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IN THE CORONERS COURT AT ALICE SPRINGS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA No. A0056/2014 AND No. A0017/2015 Judge Greg Cavanagh Introduction In the matter of an Inquest into the death of WENDY MURPHY ON: 20 DECEMBER 2014 AT: IN THE SHED BEHIND HOUSE 19 HOPPYS CAMP, ALICE SPRINGS In the matter of an Inquest into the death of NATALIE MCCORMACK ON 29 MARCH 2015 AT 33 BOKHARA STREET, ALICE SPRINGS FINDINGS 1. Domestic violence is a contagion. In the Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory it is literally out of control. As a Local Court Judge I witness it most days. As the Coroner I see the terrible lives these women endure and their horrifying deaths. 2. To cast light on the true horror I determined to hold an inquest into two such deaths (as permitted in my discretion pursuant to section 14( 4) Coroners Act).
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