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The Northern Territory news Wed 7 Oct 2015



The Northern Territory news Wed 7 Oct 2015

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04 NEWS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Alice Springs rider Ethan Satour is off to Melbourne with horse Ranger to compete in the Riding for the Disabled National Discipline Championships Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY Sailor set to go on trial A QUEENSLAND navy sailor will go on trial for the manslaughter of an older man on Mitchell St after a Darwin magistrate found there was enough evidence for the matter to proceed. Magistrate Greg Smith yesterday committed Jayson Kelly, 24, to stand trial in the NT Supreme Court following a two-day hearing. Mr Kelly is facing charges of manslaughter and another of engaging in a violent act causing death. The prosecution alleged the young sailor struck 68-yearold Claude Le Mouel on Mitchell St in the early hours of August 9, 2014, causing him to fall and hit his head. He died 13 days later in hospital. Forensic pathologist Terence Sinton gave evidence Mr Le Mouel died as the result of head trauma that was unfortunately likely caused by falling onto a hard surface. When asked by defence lawyer Joshua Trevino if Mr Le Mouels head trauma could have been caused by earlier injuries, Dr Sinton said he would not have survived them. The final two people called to give evidence were navy friends of Mr Kellys. Adam Gordij said he spoke to Mr Kelly after the incident and recalled Mr Kelly telling him the old man punched him after they bumped into each other. Mr Gordij said his mate told him he responded by throwing a punch back. Mitchell Clarke was walking with Mr Kelly on Mitchell St when the incident occurred. The pair had consumed about eight drinks earlier in the night. Mr Clarke said Mr Kelly told him the old man hit him after they bumped into each other. Mr Clarke said Mr Kelly retaliated with a reaction strike. Witness Alicia Heyworth claimed Mr Kelly pushed the man as he watched a busker perform. She said the old man did not provoke or hit him first. The matter will next appear in the NT Supreme Court on November 9, when it is likely a trial date will be set. Mr Kellys bail continues. SHAE MCDONALD Rules tighten on secure loads TERRITORY drivers are required to secure loose loads of gravel, rocks or other quarried material after new traffic regulations come into effect today. The NT Government tightened the requirements for covering loose bulk loads following recommendations in a Coroners report into the death of Rosalyn ONeil in 2011. Department of Transport chief executive Andrew Kirkman said the changes aimed to improve safety on roads. He said the amendments reminded drivers about the importance of securing loads. Rider on course to realise a dream INDIGENOUS rider Ethan Satour dreams of being a Paralympian. He will be one step closer to his goal when he competes in the Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia National Discipline Championships in Melbourne on October 28 to 30. The 20-year old is the first indigenous competitor and he will be on this adventure with steed Ranger. This is my first time competing and I cant believe it, he said Mr Satour sings to the horses he trains with and his motto is, horses are better than dogs because they know you. Mr Satour has overcame many difficulties in life, not least having a stroke as a young child that has left him with vision impairments. He also has cerebral palsy, and through the Riding for the Disableds Alice Springs branch was able to complete Year 12. Branch manager Karen Eva-Stirk said she was proud of him. He is a great role model. The branch has raised $1000 for his journey south. Donations can be made at givenow.com.au/rdaalicesprings. Alice Springs councillor and businessman Brendan Heenan donated Ranger. DAVID SIBENALER