Man let go af­ter drunken spear­ing

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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.”

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