Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014
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SUNDAY MAY 18 2014 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Gangs bashing girls at bus interchanges TEENAGE girls in Darwin and Palmerston are being targeted by peers in vicious attacks at the cities bus interchanges. The Sunday Territorian has been told of two recent attacks on girls occurring on the same day at the Casuarina and Palmerston bus exchanges. One occurred when three girls followed a 15-year-old girl getting off a bus at the Casuarina interchange and punched her in the head as many as 15 times, according to the victims mother Tara Nash. The other was a 13-year-old chased by a group of 10 girls from the Palmerston bus interchange to outside Hogs Breath Cafe where she was bashed and left with a broken nose. My daughter went to hospital ... shes a tiny little thing and been attacked five or six times in the last few weeks, mother Allittia Marsh said. The pack mentality is getting worse and worse ... Im scared these girls will kill a child. For Ms Marsh, pressing charges has only led to more problems. She told the Sunday Territorian she was personally attacked in a car park by the girls last week. Ms Marsh and Ms Nash say they have had enough. Im really disgusted with the bus company, its getting out of control, they need to have more transit officers, Ms Nash said. I send my daughter to Darwin (from the rural area) for a better education and future, and at this point she cant travel alone what couldve happened if her friend wasnt with her? A teen boy, speaking in the NT News May 10 Saturday Extra, said there were girls or boys fighting nearly every day at the Casuarina exchange Commuter Jekessa Corpus, of Karama, said she mainly saw fights on Friday nights at the Casuarina interchange. Ms Corpus, who catches buses at least twice a week, said young and old people got involved. During the day its fine, but at night I feel unsafe, she said. They could have better security when you get on the buses. Fellow commuter Chantelle Grant, of Darwin City, agreed. It gets a bit rowdy on buses so I avoid trying to use them ... one or two times Ive had people (fighting) over me (while Im sitting down), she said. Superintendent Daniel Shean said NT Police was currently investigating one incident of an alleged aggravated assault involving a group of school aged girls known to one another. He said there was no evidence to suggest an increase of violence at either interchange, and that both the Casuarina and Palmerston interchanges continue to be monitored closely. Police use a number of strategies to combat crime and anti-social behaviour in and around the bus interchanges, he said. These strategies include the use of intelligence gathering and ongoing engagement and co-operative action with other stakeholders, including transport safety officers, and the use of closed-circuit television. We continue to take a no tolerance approach towards anti-social behaviour. Darwin bus did not comment. Commuter Jekessa Corpus says she doesnt always feel safe at the Casuarina bus exchange, especially at night Picture: HELEN ORR By KATINA VANGOPOULOS Rip-roaring show for spectators HORNS honking, beards blazing and engines roaring, over 1000 Ulysses Club motorbikes rolled out of Todd Mall in Alice Springs yesterday. Welcomed by lined streets of locals and tourists, parents and children, there were waves and cheers across the 2.5km stretched-out motorcade. They came in groups. Some were boldly clad in leather cuts, Ulysses logo on the back. Others dressed up in Wheres Wally stripes from head to toe. There was Elmo head gear, Mickey Mouse T-shirts and rubber ducks sitting on helmets. There were standard sporty Harleys and threewheeler cruisers. I liked the chihuahua, said a young Caleb Gordon who had watched the parade go by wearing his Harley Davidson jacket. Yeah, it had glasses and a jacket on, his sister Erin chimed in laughing. Heather Saunders who was sitting on the side of the road said she was really excited. Its very exciting, seeing all those big machines with all those handsome guys. The club members are holding their annual general meeting. Man killed in Fiji boat AN AUSTRALIAN man holidaying in Fiji with his family has been killed after two boats collided near a resort island. The man, who we believe was in his mid 40s and was a guest at the Mana Island resort with his wife and two children, died after a serious boat accident on Thursday, Fijian West police spokesman Naina Ragigia said yesterday. He said the man was returning from a fishing trip with four other men when they were hit by another boat travelling at high speed. The man was rushed to the nearby Mana Resort medical centre where he died of his injuries. Three other people are still receiving treatment at the centre, Mr Ragigia said. More than 700,000 Australians and New Zealanders travelling to Fiji annually. 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