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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Dec 2012

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Title

The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Dec 2012

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2012-12-14

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/243531

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/602617

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Friday, December 14, 2012. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-DGE:9 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l NEWS Mum believed murder was her only way out By MEAGAN DILLON A MOTHER believed it was a case of kill or be killed when she financed the murder of her abusive ex-partner Ray Niceforo, a court has heard. The NT Supreme Court jury was told yesterday: She saw her life ending, her sons life ending and police powerless to do anything. Bronwyn Buttery, 53, and her son Christopher Malyschko, 25, are using selfdefence and provocation to fight the murder charge. Ms Butterys lawyer Rex Wild QC ended his closing address by quoting a Spanish proverb from Strictly Ballroom: A life lived in fear is a life half lived. She couldnt see any other option, Mr Wild said. This was a gentle, nice, car ing woman put in a horrible situation. He said Ms Buttery needed a way out and murder was the only answer she envisaged. The mother of two is accused of paying her son and two other men $15,000 to murder Mr Niceforo. Ms Buttery told the court her four-year relationship with Mr Niceforo was hell and said she felt it was eith er his life or mine. Mr Wild made a final plea to the jury by saying: You can help free her by acquitting her of murder and sending her home. Defence lawyer John Adams said Mr Malyschko killed his mothers expartner by bashing him to death with a shifting spanner. He said he did it to protect himself and his mother. His love for his mother was a powerful motivator he was an ordinary person put in extraordinary circumstances, Mr Adams said. He said Mr Malyschko needed to kill Mr Niceforo. Thats the essence of the case, he said. Mr Malyschkos friend Zak Grieve is also charged over the murder. His lawyer Jon Tippett QC will close his case today. 12 years jail for brutal murder By MEAGAN DILLON A HUSBAND who killed his wife by kicking her in the head with steel-capped boots and beating her with a stick will spend at least 12 years behind bars. In the Supreme Court this week, Justice Judith Kelly said Donathan Williams, 36, acted with savage fury in a horrific attack in Alice Springs in September 2011. She convicted Williams of manslaughter by provocation and intent to cause serious harm, and sentenced him to 17 years imprisonment with 12 years non-parole. Williams launched the attack on his wife and brother-in-law after he thought he found them having sex in the Todd River. First you kicked (him) in the face really hard with your boot, about four times, said Justice Kelly. Then you kicked your wife hard, to her face, four times, with the heel and toe of your boot. You also used a stick to attack her, and broke the stick which was found stained with her blood. After you kicked her, you dragged her for about 17 metres to the tree where you continued to assault her. The court heard it took Anthea Herbert, 25, around two hours to die, and Williams did not seek any medical attention for her in this time. In the morning you dragged her some 30m on her face, leaving terrible grazing and sand in her mouth, and left her in the sun lying face down in the sand while you went off to get smokes and drinks, said Justice Kelly. The pair were discovered by a passer-by who called triple zero. Williams has a lengthy criminal history with seven prior convictions for aggravated assault, five of them on women. Santa Claus will be up for a splash when he visits Darwin from Sunday Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Wave of waterfront Christmas cheer WHATS ON n The Neo, Happy Yess, Friday, 9pm, $15 n Fat City Strut, Darwin Railway Club, 7pm, $15 n Happy Yessmess, Happy Yess, 9pm, $10 n Ganga Girl, Darwin Railway Club, 7pm, $35 n Territory Wildlife Park school holiday workshop, Sunday, 10am to 3pm, adults $26, children $13 By CLAYTON BENNETT SANTA Claus will be up for a splash at Darwins waterfront this month. The man in red will be there to hear the Christmas wishes of Top Enders at the Wave Lagoon. The entire family can cool off in the water with an array of beach balls, boogie boards and tubes while they listen to the tunes of the festive season, Darwin Waterfront communication and marketing manager Alana Young said. There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs for those who participate in a variety of games and activities in the toddler pools and Wave Lagoon. Santa Claus, loaded with a sack of Christmas treats, will be at the waterfront from 2pm to 5pm from Sunday to December 23 Chantal the Fairy is expected to kickstart festive events every day. Normal Wave Lagoon entry fees apply; the family can come for the day for only $16 or from 2pm to 6pm for $12.


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