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A WOMAN was medvacced to Alice Springs Hospital
after her drunken husband came home after drinking
all day, woke her up and bashed her with a crowbar.
Canteen Creek man, Andrew Bob, was recently sentenced to
three years jail for the violent attack that occurred in April this
The NT Supreme Court in Alice Springs heard Bob had been
drinking at a local pub in Tennant Creek all afternoon before
buying takeaway alcohol and adjourning to a friend’s house.
When the grog ran out at about midnight, he walked across
the road to where he and his wife were staying with relatives.
Bob woke up his wife and began to argue before leaving the
room to grab a steel crowbar used to secure the front door. He
returned to the room and struck his wife to her head, causing a
gash so deep it exposed her skull bone.
Bob continued to bash his wife - the mother of their eight
children - then dragged the mattress into the lounge room and
made his wife lie down beside him.
When he fell asleep, his wife quietly left the room to seek help
for her wounds.
She asked the other people in the house to call police but they re-
fused. So she walked to the Police Station for help and was taken
to the Hospital by officers where her head would was stitched.
The woman had to be medevacced to Alice Springs where she
received underwent surgery for broken bones in her arm and
hand. Her cheek bone was also fractured during the brutal assault.
After dealing with the woman, police went around to the house
where Bob was staying and found him asleep on the mattress.
He was arrested and charged.
Acting Judge Dean Mildren said Bob had a number of prior
convictions for assault. It seems he has a habit of bashing people
mostly his wife - with weapons dating back to 2004 and had
spent many months in jail for his crimes.
“All of your previous offending involved alcohol and, of course,
it involved alcohol on this occasion,” Justice Mildren said.
“That makes the offending more serious because it shows that
when you drink alcohol you have a propensity to get violent and
to take it out on your wife.”
Noting, there had been a gap in Bob’s offending since 2006,
Justice Mildren said he must be sentenced to at least 12 months
imprisonment because of his previous convictions for similar
The judge acknowledged Bob’s positive references that ac-
knowledged he was a hard worker with good work ethics and
was well respected by his peers.
He said he thought Bob had pretty good prospects of reha-
“You have a large family who are supportive of you ... you are
a useful member of the community in both your employment
and voluntary work,” Justice Mildren said.
“Nevertheless, there must be a significant sentence in order
to deter you and people like you from offending in this way,”
“This court has said many times that the court must do what-
ever it can to protect Aboriginal women; indeed all women,
but specifically Aboriginal women, from this kind of violence.
“The court will not condone it. It must make it very clear to
you and others that offending of this kind is serious and it will
be punished severely.”
Bob received a head sentence of three years, backdated to April
to take into account time spent in custody and suspended after
12 months with conditions imposed.
Wife basher jailed
AN ex-Territory cop who began
his career in Tennant Creek and
later served in Borroloola, has
been found guilty of murdering
his defacto wife.
Louis Mahony (above) claimed Lainie
Coldwell had fallen from a ladder while
taking down party lights from a tree.
But last week the 43-year-old was
sentenced to life imprisonment, having
been found to have staged the scene at
their home in Charleville, Queensland
Mahony appeared to have escaped jus-
tice for six years after the murder with
officers who initially investigated the
incident falling for the ruse, not realising
a bloodied antique iron lying amongst
rocks where Lainie was found was most
likely the murder weapon.
A sergeant who had been based in
Charleville at the time called Brisbane
homicide detectives in 2013 because
of niggling suspicions about Mahony’s
The 36-year-old was found unconscious
tree in front of her home. She was mede-
vacced to Brisbane for treatment but died
three days later.
Apart from a serious fracture to the back
of her head she had no broken bones or
other injuries consistent with a fall.
Investigators found that Mahony had
taken out life insurance policies worth
over $2 million in Lainie’s name and
had Googled car crashes, head injuries,
poisoning. He had also called insurers
before the murder, enquiring whether
they would pay out on a fatal accident if
a seatbelt was not worn.
The court heard Lainie planned to leave
Mahony and take their daughter with her
after she found out about affairs he was
having with other women.
Lainie worked as a teacher assistant
at the High School during her time
in Tennant Creek for two years from
2002-2004. The couple had a daughter
after they left the Territory who was
just three-years-old at the time of her
Ex-Tennant cop guilty
of wife’s murder
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