Darwin ‘vigilante’ couple sentenced over armed alleyway ambush of teenage girls

A “vigilante” couple who, armed with a knife and metal pole, ambushed and assaulted two teenage girls in a terrifying alleyway attack, have narrowly avoided jail time. Key points: Jordan Lewis held a knife to the throat of a 16-year-old girl Timothy Lewis threatened a 13-year-old girl with a metal pole The couple said they … Read more

What was the Northern Territory Emergency Response, better known in Indigenous communities as The Intervention?

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has introduced new alcohol restrictions in Alice Springs in response to rising crime levels in the Northern Territory town. However, he says, the measures will stop short of the hardline Northern Territory Emergency Response that was in place across the territory for 15 years. That policy has been both hailed as … Read more

Darwin Port lease remains under scrutiny as PM’s department seeks input from national security agencies

The federal government has asked national security agencies for assessments of the Darwin Port as part of an ongoing review into the leasing of the facility to the Chinese-owned company Landbridge, an internal briefing obtained by the ABC shows. Key points: The NT government leased the Darwin Port to Landbridge in 2015 as part of … Read more

Celebrity crocodile wrangler, former police officer, helicopter pilot faces court over fatal crash

Prosecutors in the case against celebrity crocodile wrangler Matt Wright will make an application to vary his bail conditions by “three words” on Friday, the Darwin Local Court has heard. Key points: Matt Wright will seek a change to his bail conditions Former police officer Neil Mellon also applied for a variation to his bail … Read more

New alcohol restrictions announced for Alice Springs after PM’s visit amid crime spike, review to reconsider wider bans

A raft of new alcohol restrictions will be introduced in Alice Springs, but Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has stopped short of reinstating blanket Intervention-era bans. Key points: Anthony Albanese flew into Alice Springs on Tuesday after days of pressure from the opposition Under the changes, bottle shops will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and … Read more

NT Coroner to probe death and investigation of Katherine’s father Shane Tapp

For almost two years the family of a young Aboriginal father from a small town in the Northern Territory, who was found decomposed by a river days after he died, has been waiting for answers. WARNING: This story features the names and images of deceased Aboriginal people, which have been used with the permission of … Read more

Iris Capital’s Todd Tavern liquor license suspended, deemed ‘threat’ to Alice Springs community

The two busiest bottle shops in Alice Springs have been forced to close their doors this weekend amid ongoing crime pressures and worsening rates of alcohol-fuelled violence. Key points: Police say operations at the Todd Tavern represent an “ongoing threat” to public safety The Gap View Hotel, also now owned by Sydney-based Iris Capital, is … Read more

‘Serious concerns’ held for Angie Fuller as investigation, search and rescue continues in Central Australia

A mother-of-two missing for 11 days in Central Australia has not accessed her bank accounts or social media since her disappearance, as police and emergency services continue to scour rugged terrain for any sign of her. Key points: Police are continuing to search for Angie Fuller, 30, last seen on Monday, January 9 Authorities hold … Read more

Ukraine Ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko welcomes ADF training commitment as first troops deploy from Darwin

Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia has praised ADF troops traveling to the UK to help train Ukrainian recruits for providing “essential” assistance to his country’s fight against Russia. Key points: Australian troops will help train Ukrainian soldiers in Europe The deployment was announced on Wednesday, with 70 soldiers flying out of Darwin Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia … Read more

Death-in-custody inquest begins into suicide of Aboriginal man Bernard Hector, 31, at Darwin Correctional Center

WARNING: This story contains descriptions of self-harm which some readers may find distressing. It also contains the name of an Indigenous man who has passed away, used with the permission of his family An Indigenous man who died by suicide while on remand in Darwin prison had likely been dead for more than eight hours … Read more