A compelling true story of outback murder and injustice in the tradition of Making a Murderer At first it looked like a swag, but flies were buzzing around, saysthe grader driver who found the body just off the road outside the outback town of Katherine. Police identify the dead man as Ray Nicefero, not a particularly popular local resident who'd recently appeared in court for aggravated assault and breaching a domestic violence order. Three days later, the constabulary rounds up three young local suspects: Christopher Malyschko, 24, Darren 'Spider' Halfpenny, 22, and 19-year-old Zak Grieve, who happens to be Indigenous. A month later, Bronwyn Buttery, Ray's former partner and Christopher's mother, is arrested. Eventually Darren Halfpenny, who has suffered a brain injury and is addicted to alcohol and weed, agrees to testify against his co-accused. But when the accused face court in the rough justice system of the Northern Territory, it soon becomes apparent there are few certain, provable facts to be had. Depending on who's talking, a loving friend can become an abusive monster, a battered wife a conniving temptress. And a joke between mates about the best way to dispose of a body becomes a conspiracy to murder. The outcome of the case is no less murky, thanks to the NT's mandatory sentencing laws, which, the judge says himself, 'brings about injustice'. What is indisputable is that the only man not to participate in the murder receives the longest sentence. Mandatory Murder is the compelling true story of a murder in an outback town in 21st century Australia and the extraordinary aftermath. Author Steven Schubert was living in Katherine when the murder took place, and his account is rich with detail as only an eye-witness can provide. Schubert, and the story itself, raises more questions than are answered, including how a man who didn't attend a murder can go to jail for 20 years.