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The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012



The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012

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2 NT NEWS. Monday, August 6, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 6 -A U G -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS 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 ntnews.com.au In si d e GENERAL INQUIRIES: 8944 9900 l CLASSIFIEDS: 8944 9999 l CIRCULATION: 8944 9901 l ADVERTISING: 8944 9801 ONLINE: www.ntnews.com.au l EDITORIAL EMAIL: ntnmail@ntn.newsltd.com.au l OTHER INQUIRIES: online@ntn.newsltd.com.au NATIONAL: 10 TASMANIA is confident about the states move to go it alone on same-sexmarriage WORLD: 12 THE quake-damaged 14-storey Radio Network building in Christchurchwas demolished MONDAY INTERVIEW: 4 PETERMoodymakes no apologies for his larrikin approach to horse racing RACINGGUIDE: 17 ALL the details for todays race meets around the country Wicking ..........................38 Your say .........................38 National .........................10 World ..............................12 Movies ............................12 Television ......................13 Comics ............................37 Mega crossword ..........37 Stars .............................. 40 Classifieds .....................41 Weather .........................47 Racing liftout ............... 17 Just Footy ......................21 Speedcameras NTPolice speed cameraswill be in theseareas today: DARWIN:BagotRd; Gilruth Ave;McMinnSt; Stuart Highway. NORTHERNSUBURBS: HenburyAve; ParerDrive; TrowerRd;VanderlinDrive. PALMERSTON:TempleTce; TilstonAve;UniversityAve; WishartRd. RURAL:ArnhemHighway; StuartHwy, Coolalinga; VirginiaRd;WhitewoodRd. Are youon the spot? Do you have a news photo or a story tip? If so, wewant to hear from you! Newshotline: 8944 9724 Send your news photos to: newsbreakers@ntn. newsltd.com.au Include your contact details and a brief description. All emails should be notmore than fivemegabytes. Fishing AUSTRALIAS sunny climate has been linked to high rates of skin cancer in humans, but it now seems fish could also be at risk. MORE: Page47 Wakeuptous Call8944 9901 MYSTERYNUMBERCONDITIONS: If youwin, keep thispaper forverification. Call costs55c (IncGST).Higher from mobile/payphones -DialectSolutions Group.Recommendation:Usea land-line andtouch tonephone.Somemobiles, portableandpayphonesmayexperience technical faultsdue to reception complications. Just Footy STATS can lie. But before the minutiae of numbers that totally belie Melbournes 42-point win at the MCG yesterday, two quick points. MORE: Page24 Detective Sen Sgt Chris Board is urging witnesses to come forward Picture: ELISE DERWIN Teen in fight for his life By DAVID WOOD Jesse French and his brother A TEEN is fighting for his life with severe head injuries after he was allegedly kinghit from behind in an unprovoked Darwin city attack early yesterday. Jesse French, 18, was last night still in intensive care with a fractured skull and swollen brain at Royal Darwin Hospital after a night out with mates turned violent. Friends said it was a random act of violence. There was no lippy, Ben Dixon said. The kid didnt even see it coming. He was walking back to his (hotel) room and got king-hit from behind. (Jesse) has never hurt anyone. A 28-year-old man was last night charged for aggravated assault following the attack near Shennanigans bar, on Mitchell Street about, 2.30am. He will remain in custody until he faces Darwin Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Board said details were still sketchy until more witnesses were interviewed and hours worth of CCTV footage had been viewed. At this stage we are unable to speak to the hospital and ascertain the exact extent of his injuries, he said. But we are treating those injuries very seriously and serious harm aggravations could apply in this instance. The victim underwent emergency surgery but was last night still in a serious and critical condition. Friend Billy Baker said he was not in the best of shape. But (his family) heard hell be fine, which is a relief for me and his friends, he said. Police were appealing for witnesses to come forward. At the very least for the assistance of the victim and his family, Sen Sgt Board said. Anyone with information is urged to phone Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. CLP pledges tough penalties for fatal assaults By DAVID WOOD THE CLP will introduce a one-punch homicide legislation in the first sitting of the Legislative Assembly if it wins this months Territory election. But the NT Government said it already had tough laws against violence. Opposition Leader Terry Mills and attorney-general spokesman John Elferink held a press conference yesterday after the bashing of a man in Mitchell St to make the announcement. They said a new offence of assault causing death would carry a 16-year maximum penalty and the law would be passed by Christmas. They said it would close loopholes that required the prosecution to prove foresight or negligence in a fatal assault. This can be problematic when the cause of death may actually have been the victims head striking the ground after a king-hit, Mr Elferink said. Mr Mills said they would also introduce mandatory drug testing for anyone arrested for an assault on or about a licensed premises. The Country Liberals are committed to sending out a very strong signal that violent crime simply will not be tolerated, he said. Chief Minister Paul Hend erson issued a statement extending his sympathy to the victim and family but did not talk about one-punch laws. The Territory already has the toughest laws in the nation including a maximum life sentence for cause serious harm with intent, life for manslaughter, and life for murder, he said. Anti-violence MP attacked on the street By DAVID WOOD CLP politician John Elferink was kicked while holding a press conference about violence yesterday. And in a show of being tough on crime Mr Elferink says he has asked police to press charges against the man who allegedly kicked him from behind and another man who helped the offender flee. Id just done a piece to camera and Terry was getting set to talk when a fellow walked up behind me and kicked me in the back of the leg, he said. I turned and grabbed him by the collar to hold him un til I could hand him over to police custody. Mr Elferink said a passing police car could not take him because they were going to a brawl in Parap and then some men tried to free the man from his grip. We fell over and I thought before it gets out of hand I will let this fellow go. Ive asked for charges to be laid for the man who kicked and the man who held me. I wish the police good luck in apprehending him. The incident happened on the city side near the corner of Mitchell and Daly streets about 2.30pm. To view the video, visit facebook.com.au/ntnews Katherine Gorge traffic CONSTRUCTION work at Katherine Gorge will cause traffic disruption this week. Contractors will repair the swim jetty on Tuesday and Wednesday. Machinery and trucks are expected to operate near the boat ramp and picnic area car park.