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A WOMAN who stabbed her
husband had been a victim
of crime multiple times over
a lengthy period, according
to the sentencing judge.
Karen Lewis had long suffered
physical abuse from her husband
of 20 years, Damien Alum, when
they argued over jealousy issues
in February last year.
The Alyawarre woman had been
kicked, headbutted, punched and
pushed on several previous oc-
casions and Alum had been sen-
tenced to jail on four occasions.
“I am prepared to make a finding
that Ms Lewis has been subjected
to violence from Mr Alum over
a long period of time,” Justice
Jenny Blockland said.
“She herself has deteriorated
socially during that time and has
developed a significant problem
“The problem with alcohol and
the nature of the history of the re-
lationship is, in my view, material
that must be taken into account in
a significant way on sentencing,
given her circumstances.
“It is still an objectively serious
example of serious harm.
“However I cannot ignore that
she has been a victim of crime
over a lengthy period.”
The couple had been drinking
in Tennant Creek in February
last year when Alum sat close to
another woman. Later that night,
Lewis found her husband asleep
in that woman’s bedroom.
An argument, followed by a
physical altercation ensued with
the pair grappling each other on
the ground. Lewis grabbed Alum
when he attempted to stand up
and tried to pull him back to the
ground but he punched her until
she let go.
As he stood to walk back to-
wards the house, Lewis stabbed
him with a 23-centimetre kitchen
knife in the back.
Alum was medevacced to the
high dependency ward in Alice
Springs Hospital with three stab
injuries to his chest. He was re-
leased 12 days later.
The court heard Lewis had
one previous conviction for ag-
gravated assault in 2014 when
she hit Alum on the head with
a trampoline pole. She was also
served with a domestic violence
order which included conditions
that Lewis was not to approach
Alum when she was intoxicated
or consuming alcohol.
However Justice Blockland
said since being in custody for
nine months, Lewis had made
significant efforts towards her
“Notwithstanding the signifi-
cance of the offending, I find
exceptional circumstances in this
particular case,” she said.
Lewis was sentenced to 20
months imprisonment, to be
released after 10 months. The
sentence was backdated to June
last year to take into account time
spent in custody which means she
will be released next month.
Woman jailed for stabbing husband
GERRY McCarthy is setting a new
precedence in law that may change
the entire legal system in Australia
– his interpretation of law is that one
cannot be found responsible for any-
thing if one simply denies all knowl-
edge of anything.
These bloody know-alls heading up all these
inquiries and Royal Commissions have got to
understand, when Gerry says he had no idea
what was going on – he is not bullshitting.
If Gerry is successful with this new legal
concept it will have far reaching affects – the
courts will operate at blinding speed as de-
fendants walk in, deny all knowledge of the
matter at hand and walk free.
The judicial system, police force, prison
system and the legal fraternity will soon be-
come obsolete. It’s about time we got it - Mr
McCarthy approaches ministerial responsibil-
ity and the law from a much higher level of
intellect and artistic licence - far beyond the
grasp of we simple folk.
On a lighter note, dear old Gerry has long
indulged a great affection for the camera –
but I bet he wishes the bloody thing had
malfunctioned the other day when it captured
his good fellowship with the delightful Dylan
Voller, who is currently taking a short break
Dylan was resplendently attired at the tax-
payer’s expense and accessorising with the
latest in tracking devices.
He was on his way to invest some of his
Centrelink funding on the gaming tables at
the Alice Casino when he bumped into Gerry
an old mate from back when Gerry was big
boss of prisons.
– G. D. Egan, Tennant Creek.
MLA sets new precedence in law, says reader
HAVING witnessed the re-
cent Annual General Meet-
ing at the Memo Club from
a slightly official capacity, I
am delighted to say that my
opinion of human nature
has been totally vindicated.
It was refreshing to see that in
our democratic society one can
still voice an opinion without
relevance or substance.
Self-praise has been reinstated
as the greatest recommendation
and non-constructive criticism is
back on the front burner.
We are blessed to contain such
a diversification of expertise
amongst our membership, I heard
people unselfishly dispensing
wise counsel, regardless of their
own desperate need for counsel-
At least the management and
staff can have full confidence
should they require any advice -
it’s usually just a few drinks away.
It was truly inspirational to see
the human spirit rise above any
shortfall in personal experience
or achievement to be so generous
with the knowledge they have
gained from having absolutely
no hands on participation in the
It speaks volumes for the Man-
agement and Committee over the
past few years, who have kept the
show on the road and the books
in the black.
They’ve done an amazing job
to do so without the guidance
of the abundance of expertise I
witnessed at the AGM.
– G.D. Egan, Tennant Creek.
AGM vindicates local’s opinion of human nature
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I WOULD just like to acknowledge a
Good Samaritan act performed by lo-
cal Headframe Bottle Shop employee
It was birthday on Tuesday and I was having
a great day.
I went to do a bit a shopping at the Foodbarn
and when I went to drive off, I noticed my
front driver’s side tyre was flat.
before I knew it Ian had come across the road
to assist me and my faith was restored.
I am very grateful for this act of kindness
and wanted it to be acknowledged.
– Helen Marsh, Tennant Creek.
Locals never tyre from doing a good deed
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