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A MAN who broke his wife’s
jaw has been sentenced to jail
for two years.
The couple were walking towards
Mulga Camp in May this year when
they began to argue.
Melvyn Holmes, 24, punched his
wife to the face causing her to fall
to the ground after which they kept
The following day the two were in
Alice Springs when the woman sought
medical assistance. She was flown
to Darwin for medical treatment to
repair her jaw.
Both were drunk at the time of the
Holmes, who apologised to the
woman when he had sobered up, was
arrested in Katherine two weeks later
and has been in custody since.
The couple has since split with the
woman telling the court, through her
victim impact statement, that she feels
scared and no longer safe. There is
now a full, no contact domestic vio-
lence order in place.
Sentencing Holmes in the NT Su-
preme Court in Katherine last week,
Justice Anthony Riley said it was
unfortunate that Holmes had a con-
viction for assaulting a previous wife
as well as a history of unlawful entry,
stealing and breaching bail.
“So coming before the court, you
have been dealt with by way of fines,
good behaviour bonds, convictions
without penalty, community work
orders and short terms of imprison-
ment,” he said.
“It seems that none of these sen-
tences has served to stop you breaking
“ ... At the moment, I regard your
prospects for rehabilitation as being
moderate as best.”
Justice Riley said Holmes was still
a young man who had indicated a
willingness to undertake an alcohol re-
habilitation course, which he strongly
recommended he do.
He said while the attack by Holmes
upon his wife was not prolonged and
did not involve the use of a weapon, it
was still a very serious attack.
“Acts of serious violence committed
by drunken Aboriginal men on their
partners are regrettably common-
place,” Justice Riley said.
“For many years the courts have been
imposing sentences designed to make
it clear that such conduct is unaccept-
able. However it is plain that in order
to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence,
the problem with the abuse of alcohol
must be addressed.”
Holmes was given a non parole pe-
riod of 13 months with the sentence
backdated to June to take into account
time already spent in custody.
Man jailed for domestic violence
HELEN Springs Station owner, S.Kidman &
Co (SK) looks set to be prosecuted over the
death of a man following a workplace ac-
cident more than four and a half years ago.
Matthew Arena had started working at the station,
140 kilometres north of Tennant Creek the day before
his death in February 2012.
The 23-year-old diesel mechanic was operating a
skid steer loader to move poles into a nearby shed
so they could be cut to size for use as light poles in
a horse yard.
One of the nine metre, 354 kilogram poles fell from
the loader and landed on his abdomen, killing him.
Following an inspection by Jack Gannon of Fluid
Power NT in Tennant Creek for WorkSafe NT, it was
revealed that the loader was defective because the
hydraulic control valves required adjustment.
It crept to the left on low revolutions and had a
major creep in the lifting rams, faults of which the
management of Helen Springs Station were aware.
The NT Department of Prosecutions (DPP) laid
charges against the company for failing to comply
with health and safety duties that exposed Arena to
risk of death or serious injury following investiga-
tions by WorkSafe NT and the NT Deputy Corner as
well as a request by Arena’s next of kin.
However, for nearly two years the cattle giant has
tried to avoid prosecution over Arena’s death, ap-
pealing the charges to the Territory’s Supreme Court
and Court of Appeal.
In a response based on technicalities, SK argued
that the charges were outside the statue of limitations
and that the complaint did contain all the specifics
of the complaint such as what the company should
have done to ensure the health and safety of the
In August last year, then-Chief Magistrate Dr John
Lowndes dismissed the application to quash the
SK appealed the decision and when it was upheld
by Supreme Court Justice Steve Southwood, the
company took the matter to the NT Court of Appeal.
Dismissing the appeal last week, the NT Court of
Appeal found the Supreme Court was not considered
to be in error when it refused to quash the order made
by the Court of Summary Jurisdiction.
Chief Justice Michael Grant and Justices Judith
Kelly and Graham Hiley found the appropriate course
was for the Local Court to hear the parties and to
proceed in accordance with the law.
Cattle giant loses court appeals
over workplace death
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