The Northern Territory news Thu 7 Apr 2022
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Thursday April 7 2022 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE search for Seth Puckridge has continued for almost a week after the Territory teenager disappeared on March 30. On Wednesday, an update from family and friends said volunteer searching was cur rently suspended but a small group of people, including Seths family, were still assisting the police. The search for Seth Puck ridge Facebook group now has over 2000 members. Northern Territory Police said they were still searching for the 18-year-old who went missing from a rural area near Humpty Doo. Police are again asking anyone in the Herbert or Humpty Doo area to check their properties, a police spokesman said. Anyone with knowledge of Seths whereabouts is urged to contact police immediately on 131 444 and quote reference 9967289. Seths family have requested privacy at this time. Search for Seth continues (A)manda Parkinson Seth Puckridge Molotov cocktail thrown FIERY jealousy and a thirst for revenge drove a blind-drunk man to lob a molotov cocktail into a Darwin backpackers lodge, a court has heard. Dylan Barfoot, 32, was sentenced in the Supreme Court after pleading guilty to the arson attack on the Frogshollow Backpackers on November 13, 2021. The court heard Barfoot had spent months living out of Lindsay St backpackers. While at the hostel, he met his then-girlfriend and the pair embraced a heavy drinking and partying culture in the months before their break-up. The court heard Barfoot spent days unsuccessfully trying to get in contact with his ex after finding out she was seeing another man. You left and went on a drinking binge all night, judge Sonia Brownhill said. In the morning, you were too drunk to go to work, so you went to the pub and drank until you had no money left. On Saturday November 13, Barfoot jumped into a taxi armed with a bottle of flammable liquid stuffed with a cloth and a servo lighter. Barfoot told his driver he would be just two seconds, walked into the backpackers lodge and threw the makeshift explosive at the door of room 104, the fireball quickly setting it alight. As the flames started to lick the door, Barfoot was chased out by the occupant of the room, who was in a common area at the time. Barfoot was tackled to the ground but managed to flee to the taxi. Oi, should I tell you what I just did? I just threw a molotov cocktail at this c..ts front door, Barfoot bragged to his driver. The whole thing lit up on fire it was crazy. Then I punched on with this c..t. Thats why I made sure you were ready to go, he said laughing in the back seat. As they drove off, the backpacker residents fought to contain the blaze, which caused $990 damage to the building. Justice Brownhill said Barfoot did not remember much of the attack on his suspected love rivals room. I have no evidence of any genuine remorse for your action, she said. I accept that you wanted to exact revenge against your girlfriend and the man you thought she had been with. Justice Brownhill was critical of the broad daylight attack, saying he was reckless to the threat of harm. She said the concreter, former Gold Coast amusement ride operator and miner had a poor work history marred by a work-binge cycle. You are a man whose life has spiralled out of control by reason of your alcohol and drug addiction, Justice Brownhill said. On Thursday March 31, Barfoot was sentenced to two years and six months in prison, to be suspended after 10 months. Ms Brownhill ordered Barfoot to take part in a high- intensity supervision program, warning if you do fall off the wagon you will spend some time in prison. Barfoot was also ordered to pay compensation for the damage to Frogshollow Backpackers. Zizi Averill Crime reporter An F-35A Lightning II flown by Flight Lieutenant Ross Bowman. Picture: Defence/SGT David Gibbs DIVERSION training is being conducted by Royal Australian Air Force pilots designed to help familiarise the No.75 Squadron with Darwin procedures. F-35A Lightning II pilots from No.75 Squadron are conducting the diversion training into RAAF Base Darwin. Wing Commander Martin Parker said the training planned to assist in familiarising local air traffic control with F-35A operations and safety requirements, and that it was essential. We started the diversion training (Tuesday), we are continuing (Wednesday) but it will all be wrapped up by the end of (Thursday), he said. It is familiarisation for our squadron with Darwin procedures. It is for the benefit of our pilots. Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin is a divert airfield for F-35A aircraft established at RAAF Base Tindal. Royal Australian Air Force Tindal in Katherine is a home base for No.75 Squadron. Wing Commander Parker said Territorians concerned with noise levels should keep in mind the importance of the training. Our friendly forces are training ultimately for the purposes of defending the Top End, he said. Daniel Sumpton Royal Australian Air Force Training in Darwin Shopping small Makes a BIG difference activatedarwin.nt.gov.au Ginger Pink, Cavenagh Street