Traditional Aboriginal punishments are revealed when Elder pays for the death of an 18-year-old girl
Traditional Aboriginal punishments used to achieve ‘criminal justice’ after an 18-year-old girl was found dead in a trash can include beating, spearing, or banning.
Britney Watson’s body was discovered in a trash can just four weeks after giving birth, with a 17-year-old boy accused of murdering her and dumping her body.
Ms. Watson was a Martu woman whose traditional land covers 13.6 million hectares in central Western Australia.
Police confirmed that people from the Jigalong indigenous community traveled to the remote mining town of Newman, where Ms. Watson was found.
Britney Watson, the mother of a young toddler (pictured together), had her second child last month.
An older man known to the teenager was physically punished by a traditional tribal payback, The Western Australian reported.
No complaints have been made about the punishment and tensions have decreased locally since the execution, according to the police.
“The police can confirm that a respected elder visited a culturally appropriate location, where he underwent his obligations according to cultural traditions,” a police spokesperson told Weekend Australian.
“To date, the police have received no complaints about this, but tension has noticeably eased in some parts of the community.”
The police have not determined which traditional punishment has been applied, but according to the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, this could include “spearing,” “physical hitting,” “exile,” and “consequences for other family members.”
“In some cases, traditional punishment consisted of a physical” attack “without spearing, while others involved spearing as well as some other form of physical punishment,” said a document from the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia.
The woman’s body was found outside Newman Hospital, which is 1,178 kilometers from Perth at 4:00 AM at 11:00 AM on Wednesday.
“In some cases, the perpetrator must be physically punished and then expelled from the community for a period of time.”
Non-physical punishments can include “encounter” and “reprimand”.
“The general purpose of traditional punishment is usually expressed in terms of community healing,” the document explains.
Police allege that the teenager murdered Ms. Watson, dumped her body in a trash container, and then dragged it outside the local hospital at 3:45 am.
He would then have pressed the button outside opening hours and left the scene before later being arrested at a nearby house.
The boy appears at Perth Children’s Court on May 28.
Rocks were allegedly seized by police during an investigation into Ms. Watson’s death and reportedly sustaining serious head injuries.
Britney Watson (pictured) sustained ‘fatal head injury’ during an altercation in her hometown of Newman, northwestern Western Australia
It is also alleged that the boy took the young mother to an older person’s house before taking her to the hospital.
Ms. Watson, who had just given birth to a little boy named Justin just a month ago and was already the mother of toddler Nate, was pronounced dead on the spot.
Her family member Mena Tennahleah Watson paid tribute to her ‘big sister’ on Facebook hours after her death.
RIP my big sister N Watson good young mom for two kids. I love you and miss you my big sister. Watson breeds forever. ‘
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said Ms. Watson was known to the community.
“It’s a real tragedy in the sense that the community, the woman is known … and there are a few children involved,” Dawson told ABC Radio on Thursday.
The young mother’s body was discovered in a trash can outside Newman Hospital (photo)
Broken glass and blood were seen on the ground outside a nearby house, with neighbors heard shouting from the property late Tuesday night, The West Australian reported.
South Hedland Police homicide investigators, 452 km north of the city, have teamed up with local police to investigate the death.
The sale of alcohol in Newman was banned for the rest of Wednesday.
Bottleshop owner Anita Grace said closing after the incident was the right decision.
“I think everyone at this stage is so raw and upset trying to figure out what’s going on was best to stay closed,” she said.
Everyone was very supportive. There are currently no tensions, but there may be tensions. It is currently only a precaution. ‘
A mining town 1,186 km north of Perth, Newman has only 7,200 inhabitants.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson (pictured) said murder officers were investigating the young mother’s death