Media release

Arrest – Police assault – Top End


Northern Territory Police have arrested 2 people in relation to separate assaults across the Top End yesterday.

At around 9am Police attended a residence on Essington Avenue, Palmerston, after a 48-year-old woman allegedly assaulted her neighbour with a kitchen utensil.  During the arrest the woman allegedly dropped a 10kg piece of concrete down a stairwell in the direction of Police, narrowly missing an officer’s head and striking him on the foot.

The woman has since been charged with:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Assault police
  • Recklessly endangering serious harm
  • Resist arrest

At around 4:40pm, in a separate incident occurring in Katherine, Police from Katherine Social Order Unit attended ANZAC Memorial Park and identified a group illegally consuming alcohol.

The group were directed to surrender the alcohol and a 23-year-old from the group refused and allegedly assaulted an officer.

The offender was arrested and taken to Katherine Watch House where he allegedly assaulted another officer.

The offender has been charged with multiple offences, including assault Police.

Senior Sergeant Siiri Tennosaar said: “It is unacceptable that these officers are assaulted during the execution of their duty as they go about protecting and serving the community. Of particular concern was the potentially life threatening incident in Palmerston.  Thankfully the officer was not seriously injured.

“We continue to urge the public to contact police through 131 444 if you witness crime or antisocial behaviour or triple zero in an emergency.”