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A PAEDoPhILE will spend at
least the next two years in jail
because he raped his nine-
The 35-year-old man, referred to
only as CB to protect the identity of
the girl, was staying at a community
near Katherine when he first began
to violate the child.
The family was visiting Tennant
Creek in June this year and the girl
had been staying with an aunt when
she became upset and refused to go
when her mother came to collect her.
She told her aunt what had been
happening and she reported the
When police arrested the man and
put him in the back of the paddy
wagon he began to head-butt the
bench seat, cutting his head seri-
ously enough to be medevacced to
Alice Springs Hospital.
Anyway, he recovered in time to
face the Supreme Court in Alice
Springs recently where Justice Ste-
phen Southwood said the offending
was serious because CB was in a
position of trust and authority.
“The offending also had the con-
sequence that the victim is now, at
least for a period of time, not living
with her mother but residing with
her aunt, so that her family arrange-
ments have been shattered,” said
Justice Southwood also said the
seriousness of the offending was
qualified by the facts that the of-
fending on both occasions was of
CB’s legal representative, CAA-
LAS’s Greg Betts, told the court the
offender did not have a physical at-
traction to the victim and was unable
to explain the impulses or urges that
overtook him during the assaults.
Justice Southwood went on to say
the community strongly disapproves
the conduct engaged in by the of-
fender and that children, particularly
young children, must be prevented
from such conduct.
“The conduct, to a large degree,
overshadows the particulars of good
character that the offender does
possess because the victim was in
a particularly vulnerable situation
and he was in a great position of
trust,” he said.
CB was sentenced to a total of
three years and four months, back-
dated to July to take into account
time spent in custody.
A non-parole period of two years
and four months was set.
Jail for child rapist
Pastoral land access
deal for miners
ThE NT Government has struck a deal to help
mining and petroleum companies strike land
access agreements with pastoralists.
The new process between stakeholders was announced
Chief Minister Adam Giles said the deal strikes a
balance between the rights of resource companies to
explore and the rights of pastoralists to be advised,
informed and consulted before exploration begins.
“Mining, petroleum and agriculture are critical to
the ongoing economic development of the Northern
Territory,” he said.
“This process recognises that mining and petroleum
companies need to work together with pastoralists for
the future prosperity of the Territory.”
The new arrangement includes establishment of a
land access agreement and requires the lodgement of
a mining management or petroleum environment plan.
If agreement over conditions for land access could not
be reached within 60 days by mutual consent the matter
would be referred to an arbitration panel.
Mr Giles said the Department of Mines and Energy
had developed a best practice framework for explorers
when negotiating access arrangements with landholders
that ensured a balance between the interests of pastoral-
ists and resource companies.
“These enhanced stakeholder engagement protocols
provide added structure to any existing land access
arrangements that may exist,” he said.
“Pastoralists will be provided with the opportunity
to gain early knowledge of what may be planned by
the explorer and for both parties to discuss appropriate
shared land-use arrangements that allow respective
activities to take place without undue inconvenience
NT Cattlemen’s Association Chief Executive Officer
Tracey Hayes welcomed the announcement.
“The Giles Government has listened to the concerns
raised by the pastoral industry and the broader com-
munity,” she said.
“Access agreements will give pastoralists a greater
say over what happens on their land and their capac-
ity to manage things such as access, water resources,
biosecurity, soil erosion and relationships when miners
and oil and gas companies enter their properties.”
The deal was also endorsed by the Minerals Council
of Australia, NT Division and the Australian Petroleum
Production and Exploration Association.
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