Cops, crime, and court this week

by | Nov 22, 2020 | Cops | 1 comment

From a video of a 14-year-old girl viciously attacking a female police officer to evade arrest, to a woman hit by a ute then run over for the second time after the vehicle was stolen, to an Alice Springs delivery driver jailed over indecent images of children, to a fatal quad bike crash in Marrakai, and to Braitling’s series of broad daylight break-ins. This is what the NT Independent reported on cops, crime, and court over the past week. Read them all here:


Early morning fire destroys family home in rural area

A family of four are safe and uninjured after a fire ripped through their home in Howard Springs early Friday morning, police said.

The NT Fire and Rescue Service and police attended to the house fire in Mahaffey Rd, Howard Springs around 4:00am, Watch Commander Andrew Caruana said.


‘Shocking, savage attack’: NTPA condemns assault of police officers caught on video

A shocking video showing two NT Police officers struggling to arrest a 14-year-old female in Alice Springs before being hit and kicked has been condemned by the police union as a “vicious attack” on the officers.

The video, which has been widely distributed on social media, shows two officers attempting to take the girl to the ground in a parking lot while she surprisingly resists their manoeuvres and eventually breaks free from the male officer and kicks and punches the female officer, dragging her to the ground.


Woman hit by ute, then run over again after vehicle was stolen: police

A female pedestrian was hit by a ute in Katherine, after which a walking companion allegedly punched and kicked the driver who had stopped to help, before stealing the vehicle, doing doughnuts, driving erratically, and then ultimately hitting the woman again, running over her legs, NT police said.

Police Watch Commander Senior Sergeant Vicki Koum told ABC Darwin radio Wednesday morning a male pedestrian was struck on Katherine Terrace at about 9:45pm on Tuesday. Police later issued a press release saying the injured pedestrian was a woman.


Two charged over bizarre ute incident that saw woman run over twice

Two men allegedly involved in Katherine’s bizarre hit-and-run incident on Tuesday that saw a woman run over twice have been arrested by police.

NT Police said a 21-year-old man from Katherine allegedly assaulted the 39-year-old driver of the ute that struck the female.


80-year-old man killed in quad bike crash

An 80-year man has died at the scene after crashing his quad bike at Marrakai in the early hours of Wednesday, St John Ambulance said.

St John Ambulance NT operations manager Craig Garraway told ABC Darwin radio paramedics responded to the crash near Marrakai, around 80km east of Darwin, about 1am this morning.


Police warn about Braitling break-ins

Police are urging residents around Braitling to be on guard after a series of house break-ins across two days in broad daylight.

Alice Springs Watch Commander Darryl Kerr said the offender damaged a back window to break into a Braitling house sometime between 3:30pm and 5:30pm Monday afternoon.


‘Traumatic and chilling’: Trusted delivery man jailed over indecent images taken of Alice Springs children

Two distraught mothers have relayed to a court the “traumatic and chilling” account of how their young daughters were captured on camera by an Alice Springs delivery driver, which he added to a collection of “serious” child abuse material he had downloaded, including four pictures in a category officially defined as involving sex between children or between children and adults.


Car windows smashed in Wanguri

Authorities are urging people to be vigilant following a series of vehicle break-ins in Wanguri on Sunday night.

Police Watch commander Senior Sergeant Vicki Koum said at least five parked vehicles in an underground car park of a unit complex in Gsell St in Wanguri had their windows smashed between 5:45pm and 9:30pm on Sunday.


‘No evidence to indicate another person’s involvement’: police on woman’s death

UPDATED: Detectives will continue to investigate the death of a 33-year-old woman whose body was found in a northern suburbs home, but “at this stage” there is no evidence anyone else was involved, NT Police have said.

Police media manager Rob Cross said in a statement about 3.45pm on Sunday, that the woman’s body was discovered in a house in Millner early yesterday morning.



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