Media release

Charges – Threatening behaviour – Roper Gulf Region

Fire and Rescue

Northern Territory Police have charged a 37-year-old man in relation to a large disturbance at a remote community in the Roper Gulf Region yesterday.

At 2:20am, a man allegedly threatened his female partner with an edged weapon before physically assaulting her. He was later witnessed driving dangerously around the community before allegedly starting a fire at his residence. The house was extensively damaged and a pet dog was found deceased within the residence.

Police arrived shortly after the incidents and arrested the man.

Detectives from the Katherine Criminal Investigation Branch, Crime Scene Examination Unit and Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service attended the community to investigate.

The man has since been charged with:

  • Arson
  • Aggravated assault x 2
  • Damage to property x 2
  • Unlawfully use a motor vehicle
  • Drive in a manner dangerous to the public
  • Drive under the influence of alcohol
  • Armed with an offensive weapon at night
  • Disorderly behaviour in a public place

He was remanded in custody to appear in Katherine Local Court today.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Byron May said “Investigations continue and police believe the man was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incidents.

“This was incredibly confronting for members of the community and we thank them for quickly contacting police. It is extremely sad that a family pet has been killed in the blaze.

“If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, please contact 131 444 or in an emergency call Triple 000. You can also anonymously report through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“Support services are available including 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) and Lifeline on 131 114.”