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8 Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : K m g 2 9 0 6 0 2 Australia Day Display Advertising Deadlines for Public Holiday Publication Day Deadlines for Copy & Bookings Tuesday 26th January Friday 22nd January 10am Wednesday 27th January Friday 22nd January 10am Thursday 28th January Monday 25th January 10am For more information please call your consultant on 8944 9801 Our office will be closed on Tuesday 26th January 2010 Normal trading hours will resume on Wednesday 27th January, 2010 er 2 9 0 1 0 1 NEWS A NEW LOOK TO AN OLD FAVOURITE: YOUR LETTERS P12,13 Driven teen found guilty over drugs import plan By EMILYWATKINS Theres a risk that personsinvolved in this trade at another level would start recruiting youths were it seen as anything less than an extremely unattractive option A DARWIN teenager has become the first Australian juvenile to plead guilty to importing a new emergent drug. On Friday the 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted to using a fake ID to transfer $8000 to Israel to pay for delivery of 1kg of 4-methylmethcathinone, also known as mephedrone. He also pleaded guilty to importing a prohibited substance. Darwin Youth Justice Court heard that the teenager transferred the money and expected to pay another $12,000 when the powder arrived from China. Commonwealth prosecutor Mark McCarthy said that when Australian Federal Police officers raided the boys home last year, where he lived with his older brother, they found empty capsules and documents relating to postal parcels. The boys lawyer Peter Elliott said his client was planning to sell the drugs for $10 a capsule and keep some of it for his own consumption. He said his young client was driven, owning his own successful business and comparing him to media moguls Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch. Mr Elliott said the teenager had made some inquiries online as to the legality of mephedrone, and had been told police did not like it being imported, but could not lay charges over it. Mr McCarthy asked magistrate John Lowndes to consider deterring other teenagers from committing similar offences when sentencing the boy. Theres a risk that persons involved in this trade at another level would start recruiting youths were it seen as anything less than an extremely unattractive option, he said. Mr Elliott asked for reports to be made into alternative and periodic detentions and his clients suitability for a community work order. Mr Lowndes adjourned the sentencing hearing for two months for the reports to be made, but told the boy that could not be taken as meaning he would not get a term of actual detention. Police recapture escapee POLICE last night recaptured an escaped prisoner who had been on the run in Central Australia. Domanic Dixon, 32, escaped from the minimum security cottages at the Alice Springs Correctional Centre early on Saturday morning, police said. He was arrested at a residence in a town camp in Alice Springs at about 6.30pm. Dixon had only five days left to serve on a three-month sentence for domestic violence offences. In the lead-up to the arrest, Alice police watch commander Andrew Barram said the search was focusing on the camp where Dixons wife lived. Were concentrating on town camps in and around Alice Springs, particularly where hes known to reside and frequent, he said. (Weve) also put his community of Papunya on alert. CHALLENGE: Michael Farrell is fighting an illegal fishing charge laid by the Commonwealth Trawlerman fights law on illegal fish charge A TERRITORY man is challenging an Australian law that could find him guilty of illegally fishing in Indonesian waters. Michael Phillip Farrell, who was stabbed by his thengirlfriend aboard his prawn trawler in 2005, was charged with fishing in an Australianflagged vessel in foreign waters against that countrys law. Mr Farrell has pleaded not guilty to the charge, but magistrate Melanie Little said the preliminary issue would need to be examined by the Supreme Court before a hearing could be decided. Mr Farrell was allegedly the master of Territory Spirit and fishing in the exclusive economic zone of Indonesia without the necessary permit between January and February last year. Mr Farrells lawyer Paul Hopgood argued that the section of the Federal Fisheries Management Act Mr Farrell was charged under was not valid because it would mean the Commonwealth was enforcing a foreign law. Magistrate Melanie Little said matters of Constitutional law could be referred to the Supreme Court, and decided to do that. She said the Constitution gave the Commonwealth the power to legislate on fishing for the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth. Ms Little said it was more prudent to state the case to the Supreme Court. EMILYWATKINS Extra drownings blamed on grog ALCOHOL has been a major factor in a massive increase in summer holiday drownings across Australia. The Royal Life Saving Society has reported 41 deaths over the holidays so far a 71 per cent rise compared to 24 drownings recorded from December 24, 2008 to January 26 in 2009. Road porn stops traffic MOTORISTS in central Moscow were stunned and thrilled when an enormous television screen atop a main road suddenly showed pornographic material instead of advertisements. The owner of the advertising screen told the state-run RIA news agency that hackers had broken into the screens computer system and turned on the porn. They were either acting out of hooliganism or were from a rival company, said Viktor Laptev, the commercial director of Russian advertising firm Panno.ru.