Tag Archives: homicide

We need more police. True or false?

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Between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014, in NSW there was one homicide for every 51,905 people. In the NT there was one homicide for every 7424 people. FULL STORY »

Booze driven assaults up 30%: Bottlo cops needed

 

 

A town the size of Alice Springs, based on national rates, should see on average one murder every four years and one manslaughter every 40 years. We now apparently have a second homicide in a short space of time, writes Dr. John Boffa (pictured), of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC). FULL STORY »

Criminal Lawyers oppose One Punch Homicide law

The One Punch Homicide law was proposed by the Country Liberals following community concern arising from the tragic and violent death of Sgt Brett Meredith in Katherine. However, the trial of Michael Martyn, the man who caused Sgt Meredith’s death, resulted in a conviction for manslaughter. As a result, Mr Martyn is now serving a lengthy prison sentence. If that case illustrates anything, it is that the current law works. If Mr Martyn had been sentenced under the law now proposed by the Country Liberals, he would have been convicted of a much less serious offence, and in all likelihood would have received a lesser sentence. See Letter to the Editor from Russell Goldflam, president of the Criminal Lawyers Association NT. FULL STORY »