The SA Town So Violent There Are Calls To Close It Down

Jan 14, 2020


A retired GP has likened the far north settlement of Fregon to the “Wild West” and suggested the community be shut down during an inquest into the murder of nurse Gayle Woodford in 2016.

According to The Advertiser:

Retired GP Dr Glynis Johns told the inquest that she believed the settlement should be closed down because of the extent of the violence…

“This is not meant as a punitive measure,” she said.

“Fregon wasn’t a functioning community, I suppose you might call it a failed state.

“There was no plan, no leadership and only dysfunction in the community.

“These are people who are marginalised and have suffered a lot, we have an obligation to provide a safe environment, especially to for women and children who are often the victims of violence.

“I think Gayle’s death has provided an opportunity to talk about this…

“This is like the old Wild West, a lawless place.”

Ms Woodford was abducted, raped and murdered by Dudley Davey on March 23, 2016.