From a decomposing human body found at a remote cattle station, to a Darwin man’s extradition from a declared Sydney hotspot to face criminal charges, to Aboriginal liaison officer’s appointment to the NT police force, and to the arrest of a man in Katherine for distributing child abuse material. The NT Independent has published a number of cops, crimes, and court stories over the past week. Read them all here:
Authorities have seized a motorcycle and a quad bike driven by two kids aged 13 and 14 in Katherine for causing a nuisance in the community and a danger to the public, police said.
NT Police Superintendent Daniel Shean said the two teens were caught riding their motorcycles on a sports ground on Thursday night.
The pair were allegedly seen doing burnouts and causing damage to the grass of the oval in Katherine, Supt Shean said.
A 20-year-old Katherine man has been arrested and charged for accessing and distributing child abuse materials from the dark web after authorities raided his property and found devices containing child abuse materials.
The AFP launched an investigation into the man after receiving a report from the United States’ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about a person in Katherine allegedly transmitting child abuse material via a social media application.
Police did not disclose which social media platform was used.
An NT Supreme Court Judge has described the actions of a Darwin man as “very seriously striking at the heart of justice” after he provided a false confession to police that he ran over an 83-year-old woman.
Noel Kenyon, 39, this week pleaded guilty to charges of perverting the course of justice, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.
The charges came after Kenyon’s younger brother reversed over an 83-year-old senior pedestrian at a service station near Palmerston on August 15, 2018.
The NT Police Association has welcomed a contingent of Aboriginal liaison officers to support a police force it says is operating on a razor thin margin amid escalating crime, but concerns over long-term recruiting have not been abated.
Acting NTPA president Lisa Bayliss said the additional support for a force battling ongoing staffing shortages would hopefully alleviate mounting pressure to deal with ongoing crime, especially in Alice Springs.
But the new squad, who are not qualified officers, needed to be part of a long-term plan to bolster numbers on the ground, particularly constables, to the NT Police Force “which is suffering from a long period of ad-hoc recruiting”, she said.
Human remains were discovered at a remote cattle station 300kms north of Alice Springs on September 24, NT Police say, but have only today announced the grim discovery.
NT Police said the remains were discovered by a helicopter pilot nearly two weeks ago on the unnamed station during a stop point.
Police said they suspect the remains are those of a person reported missing last year, but did not disclose who they suspect that person to be.
Human remains found at NT cattle station suspected to be missing Queensland man
NT Police are investigating whether the human remains found at a remote NT cattle station two weeks ago are those of missing Queensland man Peter English, the NT Independent can reveal.
Mr English, 38, has been missing since February 2019 and was last seen in the Northern Territory having come through Mt Isa to the Barkly region, the last place he contacted his family.
In August of this year, Mr English’s case was featured by the Australian Federal Police as part of Missing Persons Week.
A 44-year-old man has been extradited from a declared Sydney hotspot to face criminal charges for an historical child sexual offence alleged to have taken place in Darwin in 2003, NT Police said.
NT Police Domestic and Family Violence members travelled to Sydney to escort the man back to the NT where he is expected to arrive Wednesday afternoon.
Police said the man will be transported to the Darwin Correctional Centre for the matter to be heard “at a later date”.
Despite ongoing restrictions around alcohol sales in Darwin, NT Police have busted a grog run of 31 bottles of liquor allegedly destined for remote communities in the Victoria Daly region over the weekend and have pledged to track down the supplier.
The illicit booze supply was discovered in a traffic operation near Adelaide River on Friday October 2, targeting secondary supply, following an increase of alcohol in remote communities, Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Hebb said.
A Darwin man will face court charged with a string of offences including using an edged weapon after he allegedly caused $10,000 worth of damages to a business in Ludmilla.
Northern Territory Police summonsed a 19-year-old male on Friday following a six-week search.
Police say the man allegedly destroyed thousands of dollars’ worth of property and threatened a staff worker at the Ludmilla business on August 15 at around 10:50 pm.