A small Australian town has been dubbed “absolutely lawless” because of the lack of police involvement, which has resulted in horrific sex assaults and abuse.
Fregon, a small town in southern Australia, has been thrown into the spotlight after a nurse was brutally assaulted and murdered.
Fregon is an Aboriginal village on the Australian mainland where Indigenous peoples live. In the APY lands, it is one of six.
The nearest police station, which can accommodate up to 300 people at any given time, is more than half an hour away in Umuwa, which is not permanently staffed by police.
Gayle Woodford, 56, started working for Nganampa Health Council in South Australia and often visited the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
According to the Daily Mail, the mother-of-body two’s was discovered in a shallow grave three days after she went missing from her home in Fregon, about 1,300 kilometers north of Adelaide, in 2016.
She was murdered by a local resident, who dumped her body in her neighborhood ambulance.
Following an inquest into her death, the coroner in charge, Anthony Schapel, has now released a scathing report.
Given the high levels of violence and “atmosphere of dysfunction,” he suggests establishing a permanent police presence in the city.
According to Mr. Schapel, a police presence in the town will serve as a deterrent to other criminal activity.
“The facts of those who were called and who expressed an opinion regarding police involvement in the Fregon community in light of the degree of lawlessness inside it would indicate that a permanent police presence would be necessary,” the coroner said.
“I believe the proposition that a society in which many members need cage protection does not require an immediate police presence inside that community will strike the average person on the street as perverse.”
Dudley Davey, the man responsible for Gayle’s murder, enticed her from her home by saying he needed medical assistance before abducting her.
He has been sentenced to at least 32 years in prison since pleading guilty to her rape and murder.
Prior to murdering Gayle a few months after being released from prison, Davey, a known sexual abuser, had a long history of abuse against women and many other sexual harassment charges against his name.
During his appeal, the court heard how he assaulted another nurse in Fregon in 1998.
According to the coroner’s report: “While working for the NHC in the APY Lands, the practitioner described Fregon as “absolutely lawless” and the most violent place she had ever lived and worked.
“She came to the conclusion that careful consideration should be given to withdrawing services from this group in order to close it down.
“Mrs. Woodford’s assassination is consistent with the general lawlessness in the Fregon world, as well as the fact that this climate of dysfunction and crime has largely gone unchecked.”