The Northern Territory news Wed 19 Mar 2014
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06 NEWS WEDNESDAY MARCH 19 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Troubled case anguish A MENTALLY IMPAIRED Territory woman being held in a Western Australian prison could be returned to Alice Springs but only if the NT Government can find appropriate accommodation. Health Minister Robyn Lambley has asked the NT Office of Disability to conduct a risk assessment and develop a treatment plan for Roseanne Fultons possible return to Alice Springs. The plight of Ms Fulton, who is living at the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison in Kalgoorlie, WA, has been the subject of national media attention. But Ms Lambley last night told NT Parliament that she was compelled to publicly air personal details of Ms Fultons troubled past in the wake of media coverage of the case. She said she did so with the permission of Ms Fultons guardian and did not intend to prejudice or vilify or in any other way harm her. (Roseanne Fulton) continually ran away from supported-care accommodation arrangements and would end up in the Todd River bed where she traded sexual favours for access to drugs and alcohol, she told Parliament. Ms Fulton was on remand at the Alice Springs Correctional Centre for unlawful use of a motor vehicle and failure to participate in a breath test in early 2012. Upon release from the Alice Springs Correctional Centre, Ms Fulton was considered at risk in Alice Springs with no appropriate supported accommodation placements available. At the time, Ms Fulton wanted to visit family at the dry community of Warburton in WA. Ms Lambley said this was the only alternative as there was nowhere for her to live in Alice Springs. Unfortunately Ms Fulton, while in Warburton, committed a number of crimes, she told Parliament. Ms Fulton was deemed unfit to stand trial in WA in January 2013 following a psychiatric assessment and was remanded after a judge said she was a danger to the community and herself. Ms Lambley last night said Ms Fulton could not simply be returned to the NT. It is not possible for a WA court system, which believes there is still a risk to the community or an individual, to direct that individual be transferred into the care of another jurisdiction, Ms Lambley said. The secure care in Alice Springs has also been deemed inappropriate because there are two males residing there and two more from the Alice Springs prison due to be shifted there. Parliament heard the NT Office of the Public Guardian has advised that until all options were considered, it was in Ms Fultons best interests to remain in Western Australia. By CLAYTON BENNETT Warrant out for arrest but gets bail A MAN facing traffic offences with a warrant out for his arrest has been given bail at Darwin Magistrates Court. Matthew Ward has been charged with unlawfully possessing property, driving an unregistered-uninsured vehicle with wrong/no number plate and driving unlicensed. Lawyer Simon Lipinski yesterday said the presumption was for his client who was on remand in the dock. Ward was released on $1000 bail with conditions to report to Casuarina police station three times a week. The matter was adjourned to next month. Gas bottles dangling on rope spark fears of explosion A TRADIE who lowered gas bottles by rope from the roof of a multi-storey building on Mitchell St has been told by authorities to stop taking shortcuts on the job. Darwin man Steve who did not want to use his last name said he was shocked when he saw the gas bottles blowing in the wind from the construction site of the Halikos Hospitality apartment block yesterday morning. I know how dangerous gas bottles are. Youve only got to look at what happened to that Irish bloke in Darwin a year or so ago a gas bottle exploded in his car and killed him, Steve said. If one of those bottles let go and fell to the ground, its going to cause a lot of damage. Youd be lucky if nobody gets killed. Halikos Group managing director Shane Dignan said he believed NT WorkSafe had spoken to the maintenance contractor and the company was also investigating. NT WorkSafe spokesman Doug Phillips said the bottles were filled with reclaimed nonflammable refrigeration gas from the roof-mounted airconditioning units. NT WorkSafe inspectors have spoken to the refrigeration mechanic about taking shortcuts, Mr Phillips said. Construction workers are nearby on the roof, and a cherry-picker, as a gas bottle balances precariously on a metal polce several metres above the ground yesterday NATHAN BARRETT For Blain PROPERTY OFFENCES Palmerston* 2,503 2,055 AUG 2012 Election NOW * Source: NT Crime Statistics, Department of Attorney-General and Justice Im passionate about community safety and I want the people of Palmerston to always feel safe. facebook.com/ NathanBarrettForBlain Delivering for BLAIN Unit B1 Palm Plaza, 17 University Avenue, Palmerston | Mobile: 0403 356 966 | Email: email@example.com | www.countryliberals.org.au Authorised by V. Mencshelyi, 2/229 McMillans Road, Jingili NT 0810
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