www.abc.net.au The video, replayed half a dozen times to appalled court staff, lawyers and relatives in the Broome Magistrates Court, shows a blurry Aboriginal figure tearing along the street.
Posted March 14, 2012 18:38:35
The video, replayed half a dozen times to appalled court staff, lawyers and relatives in the Broome Magistrates Court, shows a blurry Aboriginal figure tearing along the street.
It’s 4:00 am on Christmas and drunken revellers from Broome’s only nightclub spill into the street.
The shaky mobile phone video captures the scene; an Aboriginal woman screams and heckles as the man disappears out of shot, being confronted by a Frenchman on the wooden decking that runs along the pearl galleries of Dampier Terrace.
Then he’s back, lurching down onto the street to be encircled by a fresh group of men. He stumbles to the ground and is kicked over and over again, squirming and helpless.
He’s already dying from a stab wound to the chest delivered just minutes before.
The men finally pull away and he’s left motionless on the ground.
His name was Kristopher Dixon and he was the eight person to be murdered in Broome in three-and-a-half years.
A Tide of Violence
For a small community, best known for pearling, camels and Cable Beach, Broome has been making too many headlines for violence in recent times.
One statistic appears to reinforce the perception that things have got worse; from 2002 to July 2008, not one person was murdered in the town.
Since then, eight homicides have been committed….keep reading