The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012
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6 NT NEWS. Saturday, February 25, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K DISCOUNT ELECTRICAL 412 Stuart Hwy, Winnellie Darwin Tel: 8947 4844 MURRAY OAKLEY PICTURES FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY. WHILE STOCKS LAST. SALE ENDS 4PM SATURDAY NEW MODELS 40 Litre Fridge/Freezer $1198 $1648 60 Litre Fridge/ Freezer MASSIVE BONUS OVER $500 OF ENGEL PRODUCTS BE QUICK! STOCK CLEARANCE SALE COMPARE & SAVE SEE IN-STORE FORMORE GREAT DEALS 1 0 8 8 9 0 2 $ $ BOX AIR CONS from 299 INVERTER SPLIT SYSTEMS from 569 $569$299 AIR CONDITIONERS CLOTHES DRYERS FROM $279 for 4KG FROM $329 for 6KG CONDENSER DRYER FROM $679 for 7KG BE QUICK LIMITED STOCK 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 ntnews.com.au Lindy Chamberlain holding her daughter Azaria on Uluru, which was then Ayers Rock, in 1980 Azarias dad close to tears By MEAGAN DILLON RECENT FATAL DINGOATTACKSON CHILDREN THREE children have been killed by dingoes since the death of Azaria Chamberlain more than 30 years ago, a coronial inquest heard yesterday. A report was tabled to coroner ElizabethMorris that detailed 14major dingo attacks since the nine-week-old baby girl disappeared at Uluru in 1980. Counsel assisting the coroner, RexWild QC, said 22-month-old Kara Compton died after being attacked by her familys pet dingo in Victoria in February 2006. He said Natalie OBrien, 2, wasmauled by the animal near Eden, in NSW, in December 2005. MrWild said there had beenmany children attacked by dingoes on Fraser Island, in Queensland, over the past two decades. They involve children in close proximity to family members being attacked by dingoes, he said. But he said Clinton Gage, 9, was first to be killed by thewild dog on the island in April 2004. MICHAEL Chamberlain held back the flow of tears as he told a coronial inquest into his daughter Azarias death that a dingo stole a little girl. He and former wife Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton want their nine-week-old babys death certificate to reflect what they have always known. The propensity for dingoes to attack children is no longer a hypothesis, its a fact, Mr Chamberlain said. Since the loss of Azaria, I have had an abiding fear and paranoia about safety around dingoes. They send a shudder up my spine. He said wild dogs and children were a toxic mix and it was unfortunate that three children had died from dingo attacks since Azaria in August 1980. The Chamberlains lawyer, Stuart Tipple, told a coroner, Elizabeth Morris, the family did not request the fourth inquest because they had a vendetta. Theyre not bitter, theyre not vindictive, theyre not here because they hate dingoes or wish them harm, he said. Theyre here because they lost their daughter. Mr Tipple said the family wanted to set the record straight and have Azarias cause of death changed from unknown to reflect she was taken by a dingo. The open finding is not satisfactory to them and its not satisfactory to any parent who has lost their child, he said. He read a letter written by Ms Chamberlain-Creighton to the court expressing her disappointment in the open finding which left the coronial unfinished. She said dingoes were beautiful creatures but were not shy of humans, which made them dangerous. They are sly, cunning and strong, she said. Outside Darwin Magistrates Court, Ms ChamberlainCreighton said she hoped that justice would prevail for her daughter when Ms Morris hands down her findings.