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The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011

Details:

Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2011-07-16

Description

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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

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/10070/233530

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/656929

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, July 16, 2011. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:16-JGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K E R 0 2 0 6 1 2 / 1 1 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 Jail staff faultless A MANDATORY coronial inquest into the death of a man at Alice Springs jail found his treatment by staff was without criticism. Kumanjai Marshall, 51, died from liver cancer at the Alice Springs Hospital while serving a jail sentence in October last year. NT Coroner Greg Cavanagh found there was nothing suspicious surrounding the death. But he said the inquest was mandatory because it was a death in custody. His care and treatment while in custody was exemplary and without criticism, he said. Widow haunted by New Year decision Sergeant Brett Meredith, who was killed by a single punch while celebrating his first New Years Eve off duty in 20 years, with his wife Amee By MEAGAN DILLON I will regret that conversation for the rest ofmy life SNAPSHOT n January 1, 2009:Michael SimonMartyn punches Sergeant Brett Meredith in the face, causing him to fall back and fracture his skull on the concrete floor of a Katherine nightclub; n January 2, 2009:Meredith dies at Royal Darwin Hospital; n January 8, 2009:Darwin police fill the citys Catholic Cathedral for Merediths funeral; n May 12, 2010: A committal hearing begins into the death; n September 23, 2010:Martyn is ordered to stand trial over the death; n June 15, 2011:Martyns defence barrister Scott Corish reads out his final address to the jury, saying the punchwas thrown to stop an aggressive off-duty police officer; n June 16, 2011:Martynwas found guilty of themanslaughter. Merediths widowAmee and mother Helenweptwith relief outside NT Supreme Court; n July 7, 2011:Martyn apologises to theMeredith family, saying he feels sorry his childrenwill have him back one day. Brett Meredith will never return. n Nextweek: Justice Peter Barr will sentenceMartyn THE widow of a Territory police officer who was killed by a single punch regretted telling her husband to celebrate his first New Years Eve off duty in 20 years. Amee Meredith wiped away tears as she read her victim impact statement to the NT Supreme Court during sentencing submissions earlier this month. She painfully remembered the last conversation she had with her husband and the 18 months following his death. Her husband, Sergeant Brett Meredith, 38, died when he was punched in the face and fell backwards fracturing his skull on the concrete floor of a Katherine nightclub on January 1, last year. He died the following day. Michael Simon Martyn, 40, was found guilty of his manslaughter last month. Ms Meredith stood before her husbands killer and told him he did not deserve her tears. She said she was with her husband and their three children Samuel, 5, Jordy, 4 and two-year-old Abbey on Christmas Day. But she said she was called on duty in Minyerri 270km southeast of Katherine over the New Year period. I asked Brett what his plans were for New Years Eve, she said. He told me that he was going to take the kids out for dinner and then go to bed. Ms Meredith said she remembered laughing at him and told him to go out because it was his first New Years Eve off-duty in 20 years. She said her father would watch their children. I will regret that conversation for the rest of my life. Brett was my wing man, she said. But Ms Meredith said her children have suffered the most life without a father. Man still missing A TERRITORY worker who disappeared in the SA Outback more than three weeks ago is still missing. An air search, which resumed yesterday, failed to find Jason Richards. The 28-year-old was driving from Darwin to Ballarat when he disappeared. The last confirmed sighting came on June 21 on the Stuart Highway, about 10km south of Pimba in SAs north, when Mr Richards spoke to a truck driver. A ground and air search has so far covered about 4500sq km. His dog was found alive on Sunday. Pathway for bikes A NEW cycle path has been opened and work is under way for a new cultural precinct in a Territory town. The new 5.2km railway heritage trail is to provide a safe cycle route for Katherine residents. The cultural precinct is hoped to support the development of a high standard arts and cultural practice for the region. NT Sport and Recreation Minister Karl Hampton inspected the projects yesterday. He said the great Territory lifestyle was important to the Government.


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