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Gerry McCarthy MLA Member for Barkly
Celebrating the 40th
anniversary of Territory Day
Territory Day celebrates everything we love about living in
the Territory - our lifestyle, people, landscape, culture and
achievements. This year we mark 40 years since the Northern
Territory was granted Self-Government on 1 July 1978.
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SOMEONE has got away
with murder because po-
lice bungled the investiga-
tion into the death of a local
Delivering inquest findings last
Thursday, NT Coroner Greg Ca-
vanagh was scathing of the way
police managed the case after
Sasha Green* died from a stab
wound to her thigh that severed
her femoral artery.
The 25-year-old mother-of-two
was found on a vacant lot in
Casey Street in November 2013
following a night of heavy rain.
Her partner, Rodney Shannon,
was asleep beside her when Sa-
sha’s cousin walked by them the
morning after a heavy and endur-
ing drinking session.
Officers were called to the scene
before 7am with a detective ar-
riving about half an hour after
the 000 call.
He arrested Shannon shortly
Although it was not immediately
obvious, Sasha had bled to death
from a single stab wound. A steak
knife was found on the ground
across the road from the scene
although it was never established
whether it was the weapon with
which she was stabbed.
Major Crime officers arrived in
town later that afternoon to take
over the case and within hours,
Shannon had been released from
custody because they did not be-
lieve there was enough evidence
linking him to Sasha’s death and
that self-harm could not have
been ruled out.
The case failed to progress and it
wasn’t until the Coroner’s office
announced an inquest into the
woman’s death would be held that
NT Police declared the event a
major crime. That was four years
after Sasha had died.
Mr Cavanagh also said while the
investigators were inexperienced
- and that was an obvious issue - it
did not account for why the case
languished for so long.
He went on to outline a litany of
errors and omissions throughout
the investigation including failure
to secure the crime scene and
seize exhibits, failure to analyse
evidence, poor case supervision
and a preoccupation with an hy-
pothesis of self-harm.
Further, heavy rains had de-
stroyed much of the forensic
evidence and most of the key
witnesses had been heavily in-
He said that critical pieces of
evidence seemed to have been
overlooked or undervalued and
“... not only had the investiga-
tion taken an inordinate amount
of time but that it was of very
Highlighting other cases where
police had failed to adequately
investigate deaths resulting in
no convictions, Mr Cavanagh
admonished police for destroy-
ing forensic exhibits even after
they had been asked not to do so,
saying that due to this, cold cases
based on DNA evidence were
unlikely to ever be solved in the
Continued on page 4.
No one likely to be charged
Coroner delivers findings on death of local mother:
NO JUSTICE: Sasha Green’s parents, Casper Green and Louise Rankine want justice for their daughter but
it is likely no one will ever be charged over her death.
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