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A TENNANT Creek man who sold over seven
kilos of cannabis received a suspended jail
sentence but would be supervised for the
next two years.
The Supreme Court in Alice Springs heard Currado
Calesso had entered into a deal with a South Australian
man who provided the drugs that he on-sold for a profit.
Brenton Whitlock, who Chief Justice Michael Grant
said was obviously higher up the chain of supply, was
imprisoned for his role in the operation in September.
During a raid on Calesso’s home in November last
year, police found nearly $5000 cash, a small amount
of cannabis, seeds, receipts, digital scales and clipseal
He made full admissions to police at the time of his
The cash and a Harley Davidson motor bike Calesso
had bought with profits from selling the cannabis were
seized by police and forfeited to the Crown.
Chief Justice Grant said on at least four occasions
Calesso had been instrumental in the distribution of a
total of 16 pounds of cannabis into the Tennant Creek
“It is that kind of conduct which enables the drug
industry to operate and results in harm to members of
the public,” he said.
“The very unfortunate thing about the peddling and
use of drugs is that, particularly in the NT, it is almost
invariably the weak and the poor and the vulnerable
who use cannabis to the detriment of their health and
wellbeing and to that of their families.”
Chief Justice Grant said he hoped the strict conditions
of Calesso’s release, which include electronic monitor-
ing, would be punitive and hopefully rehabilitative.
A MAN who punched his partner to
her face and head over and over then
stomped on her chest told police she
had fallen into a cupboard.
Her father found her in a distressed state the
following morning, holding a packet of frozen
vegetables against her face to ease the swelling
She had already washed blood from her face
and hair and cleaned up blood in the hallway.
The woman’s father called police who arrested
Johnex Foster over the assault that happened
after the town Christmas Tree last year.
Sentencing Foster in the Supreme Court in Al-
ice Springs last Friday, Justice Trevor Riley said
the jury had not accepted his version of events
including that he had acted in self-defence.
Pointing out that Foster had pleaded not guilty,
the judge said while it was his right, he was
not entitled to the credit afforded to those who
pleaded guilty and accepted responsibility for
“This offending was serious,” Justice Riley
“It involved a violent attack upon your victim
who is a light woman and you are a larger man.
Although no weapon was used you punched her
with your fists and you stomped on her body.
“The attack was brief in time but was never-
theless sustained in the sense that a number of
blows were struck.”
Justice Riley said the attack had been triggered
by jealousy issues after a man had come to the
door looking for the woman’s brother.
“Offending of this kind is regrettably com-
monplace in the Northern Territory,” Justice
“That is particularly so in Tennant Creek and
even more particularly so amongst some mem-
bers of our Indigenous community.”
The court heard Foster had a history of violence
and had already spent time in jail for assault,
including domestic violence.
He was sentenced to jail for 26 months back-
dated to 28 June to reflect time already spent
A non-parole period of 13 months was im-
Jail for basher who told cops
woman fell into cupboard
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