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A PREGNANT woman who was bashed with a
metal bucket by her drunken partner sought
help from family members at a neighbouring
Josiah Bonnie was sentenced to 18 months jail when
he appeared in the Alice Springs Supreme Court re-
The sentence, backdated to December last year to
take into account time already spent in custody, is to
be suspended after 12 months.
The court heard in May last year, Bonnie had been
drinking with relatives and was intoxicated when he
returned home to Karguru Camp.
He argued with the woman then went and located an
empty flour drum which he used to strike the woman
to her head.
When he went to strike again, the woman raised her
arm to protect herself and as she was hit, she fell to the
ground from the impact.
Two weeks after the incident, the woman was sent to
Alice Springs Hospital for surgery on her broken arm.
Bonnie wasn’t arrested until December - some seven
months later - and made full admissions to police dur-
ing an interview.
The Court heard Bonnie was very remorseful however
Justice Blockland described the attack as “an ugly as-
sault with a weapon on a defenceless woman with not
even the mildest of possible provocation, in fact none.”
Bonnie acknowledged he needed to attend to his
alcohol issues and gained some insight into needing
rehabilitation by attending the Men’s Shed in Tennant
Justice Jenny Blockland said the woman’s wanted to
start a new life away from Bonnie.
“She wants him to have an order that says he cannot
drink and that the Community Corrections check on
him. And indeed, I do intend to ensure that he is under
an order like that for some time after he is released,”
Bonnie must comply with a list of conditions for 12
months when he is released in about six months.
These include that he must reside in Ali Curung and
not visit Tennant Creek, abstain from buying or drink-
ing alcohol, complete a family violence program and
be under the ongoing supervision of a probation and
Man jailed over
A LEARNER driver who crashed
into a cow on the Stuart High-
way near Neutral Junction last
week was medevacced to Alice
Springs, along with a front seat
Another passenger in the back seat, who
was wearing a seatbelt, was uninjured.
The vehicle was so badly damaged,
Police said it was a miracle the injuries
were not more serious, even fatal.
Alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The vehicle was southbound and 19
kilometres north of Neutral Junction Sta-
tion turnoff when the accident occurred.
Police from Ti Tree attended.
CRASH COW: The vehicle was badly damaged in the accident.
Photo courtesy of NT POLICE.
THE Barkly Regional Council (BRC)
says it is working hard to reduce the
menace of roaming and aggressive
dogs on the streets of Tennant Creek.
The problem surfaced again after stray dogs
set upon a five-year-old girl at the football
Council CEO Marion Smith said this week
that the animal control team patrols town ev-
ery day, setting traps and picking up roaming
and aggressive dogs.
“The team works from dawn to dusk as
catching dogs in the dark is problematic,”
“The animal pound can only hold 10 dogs
at any one time.
“If the dogs are not registered or collected
after four days they are euthanised.”
This year, Council is focusing on reduc-
ing the number of unregistered dogs that
are roaming the streets and improving the
response time after receiving a complaint.
“The ideal response time would be within
15 minutes of receiving a complaint, but with
one full-time animal control officer that could
take as long as two hours, especially if that
worker is already on a job,” Ms Smith said.
“The Council’s Regional Plan and Budget
2016/17 is now out, providing residents the
opportunity to make submissions on the
Council’s level of service delivery, including
“Council is keen to encourage responsible
pet ownership in the community, and for pet
owners to be aware of their responsibilities in
relation to other pets, other animals and the
“Dogs must be kept on a leash when out on
the streets and must be kept securely in their
yards, not out chasing vehicles and bikes.
Residents also need to know that only two
dogs per household are allowed unless per-
mission for more has been granted.”
Ms Smith said the BRC strongly recom-
mends de-sexing pets to avoid indiscriminate
breeding resulting in unwanted, abandoned
and neglected animals.
“Council also encourages micro-chipping
as this is the best method of identification to
return lost animals to their owners.
“Surgical desexing, parasite treatment and
micro-chipping of dogs and cats are available
at the vet clinic which is co-located at the
Council Depot at 1 Maloney Street.”
BRC works to reduce dog threat
A MENTAL health forum to be held in Ten-
nant Creek next week will focus on suicide
Run by the Mental Health Association of Central
Australia, (MHACA) the forum will discuss the
StandBy Response Service, a coordinated effort to
assist people bereaved by suicide.
The service, which is supported by the Australian
Government, has been operating in Alice Springs
MHACA CEO Sabine Wedemeyer said the sudden-
ness of suicide and the often traumatic circumstances
associated with a death by suicide leaves families
and communities ill-prepared for the aftermath and
the impact on those around them.
The forum will be held at the Training Centre next
forum in Tennant
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