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in the Barkly region from 1 July 2014
A DRUNkEN man punched his wife in the face
several times then smashed a bottle over her
head before falling asleep.
Aaron Anderson had been upset with the woman be-
cause she had wanted to return to the motel where they
were staying following a big drinking session.
The following morning the woman reported the as-
sault to the Tennant Creek Police, saying she had been
too scared to leave the room at the time of the bashing.
She suffered a laceration to the scalp, facial swelling
and an injured arm.
More than a year after the incident, the woman still
bears the scars from the wounds and feels angry when
she looks in the mirror.
Anderson pleaded guilty to the assault in the Alice
Springs Supreme Court last week.
Justice Peter Barr said Anderson’s work history and
skills were a significant indication of his prospects for
rehabilitation if he was able to eliminate, or at least
manage, his alcohol consumption.
“Your violent conduct arose from an argument which
started when the victims wanted to go back to your mo-
tel room and you did not wish to go with her,” he said.
“You were both heavily intoxicated and it is clear that
your intoxication disinhibited you to the extent that you
became firstly argumentative, then hostile and then very
violent - all for no reason.”
Justice Barr noted it was not the first occasion Ander-
son had assaulted his wife, saying he was predisposed
towards personal violence when he had been drinking.
“The assault in this case was made worse because you
smashed the victim with a bottle,” he said.
“Unless you stop drinking ... you will be coming
back to Court and you will be sent to gaol for longer
and longer periods.
“That would be, in my view, a most unfortunate out-
come for someone who ... is able to make a positive
contribution to the community through active participa-
tion in the work force.
“What you did your partner was very wrong.
“Your being drunk explains your behaviour but it is
Justice Barr said the Court must do what it could to
discourage other men from doing to their partners what
Anderson did to his.
Taking into account that Anderson had been held on
remand for the past 11 months, Justice Barr sentenced
Anderson to a year and 11 months imprisonment and
said he could not be released until he had served 12
months of the sentence.
Anderson will be eligible for release next week.
• IN OTHER COURT NEWS, a 21-year-old Tennant
Creek man with a long history of unlawful entry and
stealing charges was jailed for 12 months for breaking
into his uncle’s house to steal beer.
Shaun Dawson was drunk when he climbed in through
the bathroom window of his uncle’s home, took some
beer, place it outside and returned inside.
The home owner, Dawson’s uncle, had heard noises
and was investigating when he saw his nephew stand-
ing in the hallway.
Dawson fled the scene but later admitted to Police that
he broke into the home.
Justice Barr said unlawful entry of a dwelling at
night time is a very serious matter even if no harm
“The residents .... are left in a fearful state and an un-
settled state for a significant period of time afterwards,
simply because someone has been in their home without
their knowledge and without their permission and of-
fences of this kind can cause a community to become
unsettled,” he said.
Justice Barr fixed a non-parole period of 8 months
but said Dawson should not expect to be automatically
granted parole or early release.
Man jailed for
assault on wife
A BODY of works, including an audio vi-
sual story about the housing crisis in Ten-
nant Creek, has earned a Sydney journalist
a Walkley award.
Ella Rubeli was named Walkley Young Australian
Journalist of the Year for her outstanding and com-
pelling work and use of video, photojournalism,
print and multimedia in multi-platform storytelling.
The presentation, titled The Crowded Desert, ac-
companied a story on the indigenous housing crisis
in Tennant Creek by Debra Jopson which appeared
in the Global Mail last December.
Judges described Ella’s work as powerful, emotive
and beautifully composed.
help win Walkley
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