Home' Tennant and District Times : 2017-0407 TDT Contents A MAN who brutally attacked and killed
a young sailor near Tennant Creek has
been approved for day release in NSW
where he is serving time for another
The decision has prompted public outrage.
Reginald Kenneth Arthurell, who is consid-
ered to be one of Australia’s most evil killers,
met 19-year-old Ross Browning at the Three-
ways where he was drinking at the bar in 1981.
Browning was headed south for holidays
from Darwin where he had been working on a
naval base when he met Neil Buckley at Berry
Despite promising his parents he wouldn’t
pick up hitchhikers, Browning let Buckley
travel with him after he helped him fix his
Browning’s fate was sealed when they pulled
in for a break at the Threeways which was full
of revellers preparing to celebrate the Mel-
bourne Cup the following day.
Buckley had learned that Browning had $600
cash in his car and after hatching a plan with
Arthurell to rob the young sailor, the trio headed
off towards Mount Isa.
About 14 kilometres kilometres along the
Barkly Highway the killers struck, bashing
Browning mercilessly and monstrously.
They unhooked his trailer and stole his money
and his car.
When Buckley and Arthurell were later
caught in Queensland, they pleaded guilty to
manslaughter. Arthurell served just six years
of a 12-year sentence.
By then his past had caught up with him and in
1988 he was extradited to NSW to face charges
of murdering his stepfather following a drunken
argument in 1974.
Sentenced to 11 years, Arthurell served only
four and was then released on parole into the
care of Venet Mulhall who he met when she
visited him in prison.
He fled - living as a fugitive for several years
but returned to her Coonabarabran home in
1995 where he bashed her to death with a piece
of wood because she refused to give him her car.
That brutal killing earned Arthurell a 24-year
Now, after 20 years, Corrections NSW has
approved day release to help the serial killer
reintegrate back into the community.
Arthurell is also suspected of at least four other
murders including two men and a woman who
were found shot in the scrub near Mount Isa.
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MARLINJA’S Eleanor Dix-
on has taken out a pres-
tigious prize at the 2017
Northern Territory Young
She won the Charles Darwin
University Arts Award at the gala
event in Darwin last Saturday
The 25-year-old, who already
has a string of achievements
to her name, was unable to be
present at the event. Instead she
was touring as a support act for
the iconic band, Violent Femmes.
Eleanor won the award partly
due to her own achievements but
also because she encourages and
mentors other Indigenous musi-
cians, especially young women.
She collected a $2000 prize and
a trophy from TIO.
Out of the 12 category winners,
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of the Year.
Brutal Barkly killer set for day release in NSW
l Reginald Kenneth Arthurell.
WHEN police realised Ross Browning was
missing, police constable Rod Paskins and
Aboriginal tracker Kumanjayi Brown were
sent out to join the search.
Stationed at Warrabri, now Ali Curung, the two were
called into Tennant Creek to help with the job.
Paskins and Brown found Browning’s bashed and
mutilated body in bushland, the scene so gruesome it
shocked the two to the core.
Both men have since died but Rod’s widow, Daphne,
remembers the incident clearly.
“Neither of them ever got over what they found that
day,” she said.
“It was horrific.
“Rod found it very difficult to talk about but he did
say that poor kid had suffered so much.
“His injuries were horrific.
“Rod said they had killed him a dozen times over.”
Daphne said Browning’s murder was the worst job
Rod ever attended in his whole police career.
“He was badly affected by the incident right up until
the day he died,” she said.
“I remember that he couldn’t eat or sleep for several
days after they found Browning.
“It was absolutely brutal. I know they had made such
a mess of him that many of the details had to be with-
held from the jury.”
According to Daphne, Rod never recovered.
“He was a different man from that day on,” she said.
“And although I can’t be sure, I bet the tracker didn’t
get over it either.
“When I heard that bastard was going to get day
release, I was shocked.
“He should never be released. Never.”
Cop’s wife recalls
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