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2 WHO RANSACKED BAR FREED

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Two Aborigines found guilty of ransacking a bar in a remote Australian community have been freed, with a magistrate saying they had acted to save their people from alcoholic self-destruction.

William Pambuck, 23, and Maurice Mullumbuk, 25, led a band of about 100 teetotalers last December in ransacking the only bar in Port Keats in the Northern Territory.In a Darwin court, magistrate Alisdair McGregor said no single act had been as beneficial to the moral and physical well-being of the people of Port Keats as the bar's closure following the attack.

"They acted to save the people from destroying themselves and to save the people from falling foul of the diseases of alcohol," he said.