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FRIDAY APRIL 14 2017 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Mauboy reminisces ahead of NT show TAMARA HOWIE A SOCIAL drug user who broke onto the tarmac at a remote airfield almost walked into a set of aeroplane propellers before setting another plane on fire, a court has heard. Paul Wurrutjpu, 42, pleaded guilty in Darwin Local Court to trespass and property damage charges after breaking into the Maningrida airfield in November last year. Prosecutor Sarah Pringle said Wurrutjpu broke into the second, unoccupied plane and began pushing buttons in the cockpit, but became angry when it would not start. Wurrutjpu then piled up some papers in the cabin and set them on fire. The offenders conduct was motivated by anger when he couldnt start the plane, she said. Defence lawyer Marty Aust said Wurrutjpu was unfortunately a man who has had a long standing issue with social cannabis use. On the day in question, at the age of 42, he had signifi Whacked wannabe pilot put in clink cant indications of TCH intoxication. He had absolutely no idea what was going on ... this was a man who was absolutely off the planet. Mr Aust said Wurrutjpu asked a police officer to douse the Paddy Wagon with petrol and set him on fire. The court heard Wurrutjpu caused more than $50,000 damage to the plane. Mr Aust said Hardy Aviation, the owner of the plane, was not actually out of pocket because of the companys insurance arrangements. A medical report said Wurrutjpu had agreed he may decide to stop using cannabis following the incident. Judge Michael Carey said Wurrutjpu was very fortunate the plane did not start. You put yourself in that situation by smoking ganja when you shouldnt have been, he said. Wurrutjpu will pay $1400 restitution to a pilot for damaged headphones and was sentenced to 18 months jail, suspended after 20 weeks. He will be drug tested for two years after his release. CRAIG DUNLOP EXCLUSIVE Jessica Mauboy with her sisters (L-R) Sandra, Jenny, Jessica, Cathy and Sophia Picture: SAM RUTTYN Keep your Easter food as chilled as you AS Territorians prepare to feast, the health department has moved to warn hungry partygoers to chill their food this Easter. Environmental Health senior policy officer Tracy Ward said bacteria begin to thrive in temperatures between 5-60C and that means that any raw or cooked food that is outside a fridge is exposed. Dont transport cold food with cooked food that is still warm, she said. Instead separate the cooked food into another insulated container to keep it warm. She said that if more fridge space is needed, just move the drinks to an Esky. Food poisoning can cause severe vomiting and diarrhoea. JESSICA Mauboy can still remember hiding in a shed with her family when a cyclone hit when she was 10 or 11 years old. We hid in my Dads shed in our house and we ate corned beef and we had everything tins of spaghetti, loads of bred and tinned milk, she said. The Darwin-born star will be home tomorrow for her All The Hits Live Tour at Darwin Convention Centre. Mauboy said she was looking forward to returning to perform to the whole mob of friends and family. It does make a huge difference when youve grow up in a place your whole life, she said. Mauboy, 27, broke down on ABCs Ahns Brush With Frame on Wednesday night as she revealed how her dad saved money for her to try out for Australian Idol. She recalled when he told her to apply for the TV show. One day I came home and I thought I was in trouble because every time mum and dad sat at the table theres something wrong, she said. He kind of slides in, This Idol thing now is apparently coming to town um, then he stops and hes like, You and mum are going to Alice Springs hey? and I was like, Hell no, I was so angry, I think I was more scared. I feared it because I love it so much. We didnt have a lot of money so the fact that he went out of his way to borrow money and make sure he was going to pay (a friend) back made me realise how much love they were giving. Travellers told to know their rights FROM luggage being destroyed to missing a connecting flight, NT Consumer Affairs is urging all holiday makers to be careful during the Easter holidays. Consumer Affairs Commissioner Gary Clements said one of the more common issues travellers faced was missing connecting flights. A lot of flights out of Darwin are delayed, its pretty common, Mr Clements said. But one family had those delays, then missed their second flight with a different carrier and they lost the second fare completely. The message there is to make sure you book with the same carrier if you do have flights with a short changeover time. Lets make the territory o Pasturised Mulches o Composts o Potting Mix o Lawn Dressing o Vege Blend o Garden Blend o Top Soil o Much More Open 7 days 8:00 am to 4:30 pm In the grounds of Shoal Bay Waste Disposal Site, Off Vanderlin Drive Karama 1300 558 449 SHOAL BAY MULCH SEE US FOR ALL YOUR MULCH & GARDEN PRODUCT NEEDS