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Accused Wife-Slayer Held to Forestall Tribal Justice

September 05, 1993| Reuters

PERTH, Australia — An Australian Aborigine, accused of murdering his common law wife, was denied bail Friday to prevent his being speared for his crime under tribal law.

Neville Gable, 36, had asked District Court Judge Mary Anne Yeates to release him on bail so that his wife's relatives could carry out "pay back" tribal justice by spearing him below the belt.

His lawyer said that if Gable did not face his wife's angry family, then his brother might be speared instead. Gable has been charged with the stabbing murder of his wife on June 12.

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