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Father jailed for hitting
toddler with steel bar
A MAN was jailed last
week for bashing his
ter across the head
with a steel bar.
Clayton Bredd, 25, had
meant to hit his wife but
she ducked and the toddler
was struck on the left side
of her forehead.
She sustained a large
swollen bruise over the
left side of her face, a lac-
eration over her forehead
and a fracture to the frontal
bone of her head.
Due to swelling the little
girl was unable to open her
Both parents were drunk
when the incident oc-
curred at Boag Court in
October last year.
The child’s mother
screamed at Bredd and the
argument spilled out onto
the street and neighbours
called the ambulance and
When officers arrived,
Bredd had climbed onto
the roof of the house, cry-
ing out “I’ll die for my
daughter” and threatening
to slide off the roof.
He also struck his head
on the roof repeatedly.
When two officers
climbed onto the roof to
apprehend him, Bredd
kicked out at them, caus-
ing one of the officers to
lose his footing.
Sentencing Bredd in the
Supreme Court in Alice
Springs last week, Justice
Stephen Southwood said
Bredd simply had no re-
gard for the care and safety
of his daughter at all while
he was engaged in the act
of swinging the iron bar at
“The offender has ex-
pressed no remorse to-
wards his wife,” he said.
“Likewise he has ex-
pressed no remorse for
the assault upon the police
“I accept that the offend-
er was very sorry for what
he has done to his daughter
and that as a result of com-
mitting that offence he
may, at long last, be gain-
ing some insight into the
of his violent behaviour.”
Justice Southwood sen-
tenced Bredd to prison for
three and a half years with
a non-parole period of two
years and nine months.
Man extradited to face sex charges
A MAN arrested in NSW was ex-
tradited to the Northern Territory
to face charges for a crime he
committed in Tennant Creek 13
Matthew John Berry pleaded guilty
to unlawful sexual intercourse with an
underage teenager in the Supreme Court
in Darwin recently.
At the time, he was eight years older
than the 15-year-old with whom he had
struck up a consensual relationship.
When he found out the young woman
was pregnant, Berry turned himself into
police, making full and frank admissions.
He told officers the two had begun a
sexual relationship two days before she
It later emerged that Berry was not
responsible for the pregnancy and after
the young woman miscarried the two
moved to Queensland and continued their
relationship for 12 months.
Chief Justice Trevor Riley said while
the offending was serious there were
mitigating factors such as the relation-
ship being consensual and that the young
woman was the instigator of sexual
“The events were not planned in any
sense. Your conduct was not predatory,”
the Chief Justice said, adding that he did
not consider Berry as a serious risk of
reoffending to offences of a sexual kind.
Berry was sentenced to a total of eight
months imprisonment, suspended after
the 12 days he had already spent in
A YoUNG mother embroiled
in a domestic violence rela-
tionship stabbed her husband
after she had been punched
several times and knocked
to the ground during an argu-
ment in March last year.
Koren Green, 23, said she grabbed
a 37-centimetre-long kitchen knife
and swung it at her husband after
he refused her repeated requests
She cut his shoulder, stabbed him
in the abdomen, the groin and the
Then he left.
The man walked to another home
from where he was taken to the
Tennant Creek Hospital by ambu-
lance and later medevacced to Alice
Ms Green told police she had been
trying to defend herself.
where he went last night and he just
punched me. He knocked me down
inside the kitchen. I got up and got
that knife. I started swinging that
knife and end up cutting him.”
Ms Green said she was sorry for
what she did and felt “no good”.
The Supreme Court in Alice
Springs heard the couple, parents
of two children, had a troubled rela-
tionship, plagued by jealousy issues
and excessive drinking.
They moved between Elliott and
Tennant Creek during their relation-
ship but both agreed things were
worse in Tennant Creek where they
drank more alcohol.
Sentencing Ms Green in recent
weeks, Justice Stephen Southwood
said the offence was very serious.
“He had to be taken to the Alice
Springs Hopsital and once again
added pressure has been placed on
the medical and hospital resources
of Alice Springs all because there
has been yet another incident of
domestic violence and a failure of
couples to resolve the tensions that
build up in their relationships in a
non-violent manner,” he said.
“The objective seriousness of the
offending is qualified by the fact that
just prior to the offender’s assault
on the victims, she was savagely
assaulted by him.
“As a result she was provoked.”
Justice Southwood said Ms Green
had helped her husband recover
from the attack, taking him a mat-
tress to sleep on and cooking for
him. But he noted that since the
stabbing, Ms Green had again been
assaulted by her husband.
Ms Green was sentenced to three
years jail with a non parole period of
18 months, backdated to November
last year to take into account time
spent in custody.
The children are now in the care of
their maternal grandmother.
Three years prison for domestic stabbing
A WoMAN who was drinking
when her daughter phoned to
say two other daughters and her
son were fighting with a woman
went over to Wuppa Camp to
see what was happening.
When she arrived the woman stormed
up to Kathleen Corbett, yelling and
An argument ensued, during which
Ms Corbett was punched, hit with a
metal rod and had her hair pulled by
the other woman.
In response Ms Corbett picked up a
knife and, as the woman attempted to
flee, chased her on to her front veran-
dah and stabbed her twice in her chest.
She put her hands up to protect herself
and was stabbed twice again, once in
The attack stopped when the woman’s
husband intervened. The woman was
treated by paramedics and Ms Corbett
was arrested the following morning.
Sentencing Ms Corbett in the Su-
preme Court in Darwin recently,
Justice Judith Kelly said the woman
suffered lasting harm from the attack
and that she would probably have a
disability in her right hand for the rest
of her life.
She went on to say that without treat-
ment the woman would have died from
“The trigger that led to your anger
was pretty obvious,” Justice Kelly said.
“Having someone punch you in the
face and then set about you with a steel
bar would clearly make anyone angry.
You had every right to defend yourself.
The problem was the extreme nature of
Justice Kelly said she found the mat-
ter very difficult as reports submitted to
the Court said if Ms Corbett was sent to
jail there would be no one who could
look after her six-year-old daughter
properly and that the girl would suf-
fer psychologically and maybe even
physically from the separation.
Ms Corbett was sentenced to one year
and 10 months imprisonment, which
the Judge suspended on various condi-
tions including that Ms Corbett did not
purchase, possess or consume alcohol
for a period of two years.
Stabbing leads to suspended sentence
HELICoPTER pilots have been warned
about the dangers of high winds after a
crash near Lake Nash Station left a pilot
with serious injuries.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
has just released its findings into the accident that
occurred during a muster in September last year.
Shane Templeton was contract mustering in a Rob-
inson R22 helicopter and had just refuelled at a stock
camp on Lake Nash.
He was heading to Argadargada and had set off
with a steep climb but as he turned into a downwind
position, the helicopter was caught by 17-knot winds
from the northeast.
The pilot tried to control the helicopter but had
insufficient altitude to recover.
The aircraft skidded along the ground then flipped
a number of times.
The pilot sustained serious head injuries when he
was ejected from the chopper which was destroyed
in the crash.
The ATSB report said it was crucial that pilots
maintain an awareness of wind and be aware of the
consequential effects on helicopter performance.
In a separate incident, a Robinson R44 was com-
pletely destroyed by fire, ignited by its hot exhaust on
dry grass. An ATSB report into the incident in October
last year, said the helicopter was conducting gravity
survey work north of Daly Waters.
On board were the pilot and a geophysical field
technician who landed every four kilometres along
a grid to collect data.
At one grid point, the technician was outside carry-
ing out a reading when he noticed a fire underneath
the helicopter that was spreading into the engine bay.
He alerted the pilot who was able to escape before
the helicopter was engulfed in flames.
The ATSB report, released last week said R22 and
R44 helicopters have exhaust systems that are low to
the ground and that the operating handbook advised
pilots not to land in tall, dry grass because of the
possibility of grass fires.
“Pre-flight briefings highlighting the dangers of
landing on grass, especially in areas of high tempera-
tures and low humidity, can reinforce the importance
of carefully choosing a landing site,” the report said.
Chopper crash highlights
dangers of high winds
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