Media release

Aggravated assault – Roper Gulf


Northern Territory Police have arrested a 60-year-old man for multiple aggravated assaults.

Around 5:00pm on Monday 3 August, the man allegedly assaulted a 57-year-old woman who is known to him at a residence in the Roper Gulf region. The woman suffered a laceration to her face before fleeing the location.

Around 9:00am the next day, nurses from the local clinic attended the residence to deliver the man’s daily medication. The man allegedly charged at a 73-year-old male nurse and struck his head with a large stick.

The second nurse, a 49-year-old male, attempted to assist the 73-year-old when he was also assaulted. As the two nurses went to leave the 60-year-old allegedly threw an edged weapon which struck the 73-year-old.

The two nurses returned to the clinic where they notified police. They were later conveyed to Katherine District Hospital for medical treatment of injuries suffered.

Police located and arrested the 60-year-old man near his residence.

He has been charged with:

  • assault a worker x 2
  • aggravated assault
  • armed with an offensive weapon
  • possess/carry/used controlled weapon
  • going armed in public.

The man has been remanded in custody until Thursday 13 August 2020.

Central Division Superintendent Peter Kennon said, “Police strongly condemn assaults against health workers who work tirelessly and selflessly to keep all community members safe and well.”

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