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The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Jun 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Jun 2017


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Alice Springs

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TUESDAY JUNE 6 2017 NEWS 05 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Andrea Johnston A CHANCE to join frontline workers, suited and booted, is open to all members of the public at the No More Violence Ball. The event wraps up the Indigenous Family Violence Policing Conference, and boasts a host of stars and a three-course meal, along with prizes and entertainment. All funds raised will go to support the Territorys own No More campaign. Tameka McMasters and Neil Hayes from the Northern Territory Police got their glad rags on and posed outside the Alice Springs Womens Shelter earlier this week. I work in the administration department with the NT Police and it is Territory women. On the line-up for the evening is Kevin Sheedy, who will be a special guest speaker. The AFL Hall of Famer has been integral to supporting remote Australians to become AFL stars. Witiyana Marika is another guest speaker. He founded the legendary band Yothu Yindi and is a ceremonial leader of the Yolngu community in the Top End. Campaigner Charlie King will be the MC. The ball is to be held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre at 6.30pm Friday. Tickets are available from rybooking.com/OOWG. AN Alice Springs couple will face a Supreme Court Trial following an incident which left a teenager with a broken arm. Russell McDonough and Nicole Jettner were involved in a road crash on January 25, 2017, which the court heard had followed a chase. The pair are contesting the matter. Crown prosecutor Roman Micairan read the police Statement of Facts of the case to the court. He said two teenage boys from Alice Springs had decided to take a trip to a local site known as the bat caves, but found the tracks, to the south of town, inaccessible due to recent rains. The boys decided to head along Brewer Road until they came to a locked gate. Police allege a security guard noticed their presence and alerted property owners Mr McDonough and Ms Jett ner who immediately made their way towards the industrial area where they own a business. After the teens tried a different route to get around the locked gate, their Toyota Hilux became bogged, and they called friends for assistance. The boys claim they then spotted a vehicle driving towards them at high speed with its lights on high beam. Police allege the vehicle, a Toyota Landcruiser, was driven by Ms Jettner, with Mr McDonough in the passenger seat, brandishing a baseball bat. The teenage driver said he became scared and was able to drive away, but the Landcruiser performed a U-turn and followed the boys, with Mr McDonough leaning out of the window saying he was going to kill them. The court heard the chase continued along Brewer Road until the teenagers turned right onto the Stuart Hwy back towards Alice Springs and slowed down, allowing the Landcruiser to pass. It is alleged Ms Jettner parked across the highway, forcing the teenagers to slow down, at which point the baseball bat was thrown at the vehicle, shattering the window and breaking the drivers arm. The driver suffered a broken forearm and thumb which required surgery, and plates to aid the recovery. He claimed Mr McDonough punched him in the head and pulled him from the car by his shirt. The other boy said he told Mr McDonough to calm down, to which the accused replied this is what you get for burning my stuff. Police allege it referred to a large fire at a property on the Brewer Estate in the weeks preceding the incident. Judge David Bamber committed the case to the Supreme Court for a trial next month. nice to be able to contribute to this event and get dressed up for a good cause, Ms McMasters said. I grew up in Alice Springs and I think the conference and ball is a great initiative to showcase the issues that the community faces around domestic violence. Superintendent Hayes said the ball will be a celebration of a successful week. After tackling some very serious issues within our community it will be an opportunity to relax, and hopefully raise some money for some very worthy causes like the No More campaign, he said. The Alice Springs Womens Shelter is the busiest in Australia, and chief executive Dianne Gipey said the ball was a great idea. Alice Springs Womens Shelter staff will be there supporting the event, she said. Who doesnt like a ball in Alice Springs? Meanwhile, Ms Gipeys predecessor Dale Wakefield, who is now Minister for Territory Families, said it was great to have a chance to fundraise. Its also to acknowledge that domestic violence can happen to every woman in that room, in their beautiful ball dress looking great, enjoying the world, Ms Wakefield said. Any one of those women could be experiencing domestic violence and none of us would know. It is likely that there are women there, at that very moment, feeling unsafe about going home at the end of the night. It can happen to anyone. Its not an Indigenous issue, its an issue for all (Its) a great initiative to showcase the issues that the community faces around domestic violence. T A M E K A M c M A S T E R S Alice Springs couple to face jury over January crashAndrea Johnston Teens caught up in crash court case Taking domestic violence by the ball Tameka McMasters, wearing a dress and earrings from Bliss in Schwarz Crescent, and Superintendent Neil Hayes from the Northern Territory Police are preparing for the No More Ball. Picture: EMMA MURRAY After tackling some very serious issues within our community it will be an opportunity to relax, and hopefully raise money S U P E R I N T E N D E N T N E I L H AY E S