A Death in Alice Springs


In 2010, five white men were convicted of manslaughter for their part in an attack on an Aboriginal man that led to his death. Each was sentences to custodial terms of up to six years for the manslaughter. This article reviews the circumstances of the death and its aftermath to question whether another recent account of the case as an instance of ‘white supremacists settler violence’ can be sustained. Far from being typical of Central Australian homicides, this case was exceptional for its inter-racial character and the sentences appeared consistent with other manslaughter cases. An interpretation of evens requires an account sensitive to the changing political and social contexts of Central Australia, as well as a contextual account of sentencing practices in Northern Territory Jurisdictions. The article demands that those writing about the death aim to show awareness of the complexities of the incident and the context in which it occurred (author abstract, edited).

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