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Magistrate fails Transport Hall of Fame: Liz Martin

The failure of a magistrate to order restitution following a burglary at the Road Transport Hall of Fame will spark a protest by her and supporters outside the Alice Springs courthouse, says the hall's CEO, Liz Martin.

She is also a town councillor.

The heist netted three burglars more than $23,000 in cash. Of that $8500 was given to a man who later spent it on a car.
The man, Michael Foster, appeared before Magistrate David Bamber on April 15 charged with receiving the amount  and with several other offences. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Damage caused by the alleged burglars.

Mother's assault on toddler not what it seemed

 

It was a case that attracted widespread reporting and commentary back in June: a young mother was arrested and charged for an alleged assault on her 16-month-old son. The details of the allegation, made by the child's father and revealed by a police media release at the time, were shocking: the father said his wife had hit the child over the head a number of times with a can of soft drink, picked him up by one leg and slammed him into the ground three times and then into a fence, before holding his head under her arm and punching him to the head.

In court last week there was no-one in the public gallery to hear the evidence about what happened – apart from the Alice Springs News. In the witness box the father stuck broadly to his original story while the young woman firmly denied most of it, admitting only to shaking the pram in which she was pushing the child and slapping him on the cheek three times. She also admitted to threatening to kill the child, with the words "I'll kill your son", but she said, "I didn't do action".

The father's story was very similar to his account of another alleged assault on the child six months ago on Elcho Island. The mother again disputed most of the alleged facts. She denied having been drinking or having smoked ganja on both occasions and the court heard no evidence that she had done so, other than the father's account. However she pleaded guilty to both "aggravated assaults", the aggravation being that the victim was a child and she was an adult. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

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