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NEWS FANS: Jemena’s NGP Project Director Jonathan Spink (far left) and Gina Wilson (far right) with the
AN Ampilatwatja man who hacked his wife
to death with an axe and stabbed her with a
knife nearly three years ago has appealed
the jury’s murder verdict and is hoping for
Robert Morton was sentenced to life imprison-
ment with a non-parole period of 20 years in May
He had been drinking with his wife and friends
at Alpurrurulam during a stopover en route to the
Mount Isa Rodeo when he attacked his wife, leaving
her screaming in pain with numerous injuries to her
head, arms legs and body.
The sentencing judge said the woman had suffered
an awful and comprehensive beating at Morton’s
Morton’s defence case at his trial was that he had
taken the axe from his wife and hit her with it think-
ing it was a stick.
And that he was so drunk at the time he didn’t think
about the consequences of his actions.
However, a range of witnesses said Morton was
only “a bit drunk”, “half-shot” and “a bit charged
The jury rejected Morton’s version of events and
found him guilty of murder which, in the Northern
Territory, carries a mandatory sentence of life im-
This week at the Court of Criminal Appeal in
Darwin, Chief Justice Michael Grant and Justices
Peter Barr and Jenny Blockland considered an ap-
peal based on the case that some of the directions
given to the jury by trial judge Justice Trevor Riley
Morton’s lawyer, Steve Rogers, said the judge had
“effectively misdirected the jury as to the burden
and standard of proof” and that the jury would
have misunderstood the legal requirement to be
satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Morton had
the criminal intent necessary for a finding of guilt
on the murder charge.
He said the mistake had led to a substantial miscar-
riage of justice.
Morton will find out at a later date whether his
appeal has been successful.
Trainees graduate from
Jemena gas operator program
TWELVE trainee graduates from Jemena’s Gas Operator
Training Program celebrated their graduation in Tennant
Creek last Friday.
They are now in the running for entry-level opportunities in the oil
and gas industry.
Jemena plans to select two of the graduates to complete a Certificate
III in Gas Supply Industry Operations after which they will be taken
on as apprentices as part of the gas operations team.
The event marked the end of the Northern Gas Pipeline’s (NGP)
formal training and development package.
Speaking at the graduation, NGP’s Project Director Jonathan Spink
said more than 70 people from local communities had completed
formal training and development programs as part of the project with
graduates going on to secure employment.
“From the outset, we have been committed to creating opportunities
for local people as part of the NGP project,” he said.
“These graduates have helped us deliver on this vision and are to be
commended for their dedication and hard work as trainees.
“As we progress plans to expand and extend the NGP, we hope to
deliver additional training and employment opportunities for people
from the communities surrounding the pipelien route.
“While it is early days, we expect this expansion to create around
4,000 jobs across northern Australia at an investment of approximately
Mr Spink told graduation guests that the pipeline was tracking to
schedule with a number of key milestones achieved over the past
“In 2017 we constructed around 405 kilometres of pipeline and are
well on the way to building the remaining 217 kilometres of pipeline
this year,” he said.
“At this stage, we expect to have mainline welding completed by
mid-June. Once welding has been finalised, the pipeline will be buried
and safety tests will be conducted prior to gas being introduced into
the pipeline later this year.”
To date the NGP has created more than 770 jobs as part of its con-
struction and planning phases.
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