Man let go after drunken spearing
and arm, felt “angry and upset” and was unable to work.
Ngalmi had already been in custody for three months and in suspending his two-year and three-month sentence after one day, Justice Stephen Southwood described his conduct as “extremely negligent”.
Justice Southwood said that while it was “unknown precisely what gave rise to the incident”, alcohol was a significant factor.
“Unfortunately, such drunken disputes are prevalent in remote communities in the Northern Territory,” he said.
“The weapon used, a shovel-nosed spear, is a notoriously dangerous weapon.”
Justice Southwood said Ngalmi had a “very limited” criminal record and “remarkably for an Aboriginal man in a remote community” had been employed for most of his life.
As a condition of the sentence, Ngalmi was ordered to complete an alcohol rehabilitation program.
“People are not safe when you drink alcohol,” Justice Southwood said.
“That must be evident to you as a result of you throwing that spear when you were so drunk you did not know what on earth you were doing.”