ALICE SPRINGS NEWS
April 23, 2010.
ABOVE LEFT: Timothy Hird's mother, with
Karen Liddle, aunt to the dead man, and Joshua Spears' mother, leaving
the court after sentencing to speak with the victim's mother, Theresa
Ryder. ABOVE RIGHT: Mrs Liddle and Mrs
Ryder (centre), addressing
media after the
completion of the case with a message to accept the ruling of the
Earlier Mrs Ryder had wept bitterly in the court room, and left it,
saying the five defendants may be "good
on the outside, inside there is racism straight out". RIGHT: The partner of the dead
man, Jade Keil, with his mother (at
Five men sentenced to years in prison for
By KIERAN FINNANE
The five men convicted of the manslaughter of Kwementyaye Ryder were
sentenced to varying terms of imprisonment in the Supreme Court today.
Scott Doody is sentenced to four years from the date of his arrest on
August 1 last year, but the sentence will be suspended after 12 months.
Having already served eight, Mr Doody will be released in four months'
time. He will be banned from drinking alcohol for two years from the
date of his release and from using or consuming any illicit drug for
three years. The operative period of the suspension is three years,
which means that if Mr Doody breaches these conditions over the three
years following release he will return to gaol.
Chief Justice Brian Martin accepted Mr Doody's lesser role in the
physical assault and lesser moral culpability.
For the manslaughter, he found that there was no significant difference
in moral culpability between Timothy Hird, Joshua Spears and Glen
Swain, and also Anton Kloeden, who although he remained in the car, had
"set the events in train".
CJ Martin imposed a sentence of six years on Mr Hird, Mr Kloeden and Mr
Spears, back-dated to their arrest, and fixed a non-parole period of
four years. Their earliest release will thus be in three years and four
Mr Swain, allowing for his plea as well as his cooperation with police,
received five years and six months, with a non-parole period of
three years and six months.
Mr Kloeden was also sentenced for recklessly endangering a life for the
separate incident in the riverbed. He will serve five months for this
count concurrently with the sentence for manslaughter.
His will also be disqualified from driving for three years from the
date of release.
All five received reduction in their sentences because of their guilty
Ryder family are satisfied with
Offenders' mothers offer apologies and
The family of Kwemetyaye Ryder have expressed satisfaction with the
outcome of today's sentencing decisions by Chief Justice Martin.
Mr Ryder's mother, Theresa, had left the courtroom, crying and angry,
and making the comment for all to hear that while the offenders may be
"good on the outside, inside there is racism straight out".
Outside the court, after receiving apologies and comfort from the
mothers of two of the offenders, she spoke to reporters.
She said she had left because she "couldn't stand being in the
courtroom ... hearing about what happened, the story being read out
about my son lying on the ground and being kicked".
Her departure came after CJ Martin began to speak about the penalties
He had pointed out that life imprisonment, which she had called for in
her victim impact statement, is reserved for cases in the worst
category of manslaughter and said, "this crime does not fit that
The court had already heard about the personal circumstances of
the young men, who in all cases were deemed to be of underlying
good character and highly unlikely to re-offend.
Mrs Ryder said about her angry comment: "For a mother like me, the
feeling inside me, I'd say anything."
She said she told the offenders' parents who approached her that "I
appreciate them" for apologising.
"It sort of makes me feel satisfied. I've been waiting for that time,
for the mothers, parents and that to come up and apologise and say
sorry to me. Because I never ever blamed the families. They were at
home not knowing what was happening, like me."
Flanked by her relative Karen Liddle, her daughter and several other
family members, Mrs Ryder also spoke of her son: "There was no story
read out about my son. He was a local himself, he was born here in
Alice Springs, went to school here, made friends with a lot of white
"There's still a lot of friends out there that miss my son as a good
mate. And he also was a hard-working man.
"He was a good young bloke, he never got in trouble with the police in
his life before. That's why I miss him so much, he was the happiest in
the family, he brightened up everything for the family."
She said "the pain will go on in me for as long as I live".
Mrs Liddle, also spoke.
"Myself personally I feel sad for everybody, for us, for our loss and
also for those [the offenders'] families too, for how foolish those
boys were in what they did.
"They ruined their lives, their families' lives, our lives, and [now
they should] just stand up and be men and do their time, for their sake
and their families' sake.
"We've got a lot of family support and we're just happy with the
Mrs Liddle said that the community can learn from these events: "We all
live in this community as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and
long-term residents must stick together.
"We're satisfied with what has happened. They are only young men and
their sentences, they are going to spend a long time in there."
Asked if the offender Scott Doody had been let off lightly, Mrs Liddle
said; "We can understand the law and how it works and circumstances
made it that he didn't participate as much as the other blokes. We've
got to respect the law."