NT Stabbing Hero,police seek revenge for their court loss

STABBING HERO: NT cops raid Ron’s place, seize vinegar & chilli oil


THE NORTHERN TERRITORY POLICE didn’t like the way the NT Local Court dealt with the recent self-defence case, so they decided to take the law into their own hands.

PLAIN CLOTHED AND UNIFORMED POLICE in the NT have raided the house of Ron Sterry, who recently beat police against gun charges after he went to his neighbour’s aid.

The raid was carried out with the support of the drug squad when he was interstate.

They even tried to open Ron’s safe by drilling it because the keys were not in the house – until they were stopped by his lawyer.

The police walked away without any guns. Instead they took his chilli oil and vinegar.

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Readers might recall that Ron faced five gun charges, three of which were dropped before he went to trial. He was found not guilty of the fourth, and found guilty of a fifth charge (carrying a weapon in public) but he got a good behaviour bond for that.

The magistrate hearing the case saw through the police case and described Ron’s actions as being a ‘lawful excuse’, and ordered the immediate return of his licence, firearms and ammunition.

This was a big win for the Australian shooting community because it showed where protection with firearms was legitimate. Our story was shared on Facebook over 1,000 times and seen by more than a quarter of a million readers.

These are huge numbers – and we think this new story will reach even more people.


Unhappy with the result, police went to seize Ron’s guns again.

The basis for this is not clear but it seems to be directly related to the court case in that he was found guilty of one of the charges – even though the court dealt with that at the time. It’s relevant to note that the police made no application for his gusn to be taken – and you’ll recall the magistrate specifically ordered their return.

The female senior constable leading the raid first went to Ron’s workplace, then to his house where they had no response to a knock on the door.

The officer then called Ron saying ‘she had paperwork for him’ and demanded he came to the front door when he politely told her he was in Adelaide.

She then accused him of lying and said she ‘knew he was in there’ and was watching her on his security cameras. That’s true, because we’ve got over 30GB of footage covering the raid.

Police arrive at Ron’s place.

Searching at the rear of his place

Going through Ron’s bins, before the search warrant arrives

She said he (Ron) was “making this really difficult”, before hanging up on him. Unhappy, the police went back to his workplace where Ron’s boss went to Ron’s house with a key to let them in.


When Ron’s boss arrived, the drug squad was already there, armed with a search warrant.

While details are a bit sketchy, it would seem the police first on the scene looked through the windows of Ron’s house and saw part of an off-the-shelf chemistry set.

That’s because Ron has an interest in chemistry and has in fact applied to do a degree in chemistry (which is why he was in Adelaide at the time). He was intending to start his degree last year, but this was delayed by the earlier trial.

To be clear, Ron did not have anything in his possession that is illegal or was a precursor to anything illegal – just the kit.

Yet the police saw what he had as a precursor to the manufacture of Methamphetamine. We understand they seized some of the vinegar, which, if the drug squad tried hard enough, would allow them to make nail polish remover.

Police drill into Ron’s safe


It was during this time the senior connie called Ron a second time, demanding to know where the keys to the safe were.

Ron said they were with him in Adelaide. This resulted in the cops pulling out their drills to get his guns.

Or at least they tried to, until Ron’s lawyer, Jon Bortoli, stepped in to stop them continuing because the police had failed to follow the correct process.

The treatment of Ron follows the recent negative publicity that the NT Police drummed up for themselves over their treatment of fellow officer, Zachary Rolfe, who was cleared over charges for fatally shooting a 19-year-old in the remote community of Yuendumu.


Among the several items the police seized were several quantities of unidentified liquids, one of which, according to Ron, is a vial of chilli oil – a common ingredient in Chinese and Asian foods.

Among his experiments has been the extraction of caffeine from tea and coffee, acetone from vinegar (which we understand police also took), and other extractions from common household products.

Chilli oil


We stood by Ron before, and we’ll do it again.

This is likely to become a more interesting fight because the basis for raid is pretty thin and seems to cover matters that the courts have already dealt with.

In the meantime, Ron needs our help – again. We’ve already re-engaged Jon Bortoli as his lawyer and are working hard to see if we can have this addressed through whatever means may be possible.

We want to send a powerful message to the NT Police not to interfere with a shooter who has done nothing wrong, so have started a new fighting fund to help Ron out.

Plus, we might even send a chemistry kit to the NT Police Commissioner.

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Sounds sketchy. If Ron fucks us on anything to do with this I will not do something like turn right from my driveway, then right again then left and straight for 1500km and then left to his place for a word.

Jizz dont understand what your trying to say?
Are you being humouros?

Rest assured we have faith that Ron is/has been a good boy otherwise we wouldn’t be supporting him.


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@NationalShootingCouncil nobody understand mate. If you did, there’d be something wrong with you. :crazy_face:


They really are lowlife creatures aren’t they.


I hope you sue for the price of a new safe that one was damaged and is no longer fit for use. He should also sue for harassment.
You guys are doing great work.


Hey, I dont have to come here to be abused. I can go anywhere online and get abused buddy.

@NationalShootingCouncil I’m just concerned. This seems in an inverse kind of way, “too good to be true” as in to have the NT POLICE over a barrel with their pants down, legs spread, 2L tub of cherry vaseline and a “Free Entry” sign. Then you have Ron with a magical chemistry set living in a town where many, many magical chemistry enthusiasts live. Don’t ask me how I know.
Then again, you guys actually know Mr Sterry and when you say you do believe him, I believe you. (I believe in you, too!). I guess I was just looking at this from the outside in and just…well my mind is just boggled at how this is playing out! I mean seriously, how could the NT POLICE be this retarded? This is off the charts, even for NT.


Don’t forget, even in this day and age the vast majority of cops are no better than a gang, and that gang consists mostly of empowered simpletons, so when you embarrass them they will no doubt come for payback in the only way they know how. Hopefully in this case all they do is dig themselves a deeper hole.

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It got a front page entry in the NT News today.


Page three.


Well at least the media’s being straight at this stage.

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I can understand cops though. I think there’s a lot more to the story. I assume they are going to keep quite too. But I am fairly sure I know what happened. They were out for dumplings and BAM! Like knife through the heart! No chilli oil. I would lose my shit too if I didn’t get chilli oil with my dumplings. Of course NT being so remote, it’s not like you can just go to a local supermarket and get some. Most likely some bright spark in blue went, I KNOW! I KNOW WHERE WE CAN GET SOME! Now, what sane man would keep an entire jar of chilli oil unprotected, right! So small quantity is all they got from the pantry and rest in the safe (which explains the drilling). Anyway, here in the most livable Pyongyang Melbourne, we have a few brands on supermarket shelves, I am happy to send some to NT to avoid this headaches in the future.


Listen guy, this forum ain’t big enough for two weirdos eh?


Surely a grand master at your level could take on an apprentice. Strong with the weird he is.


Really hanging out to see the outcome of this. The Judge was a pissed at the cops last time for their overzealous attitude. This time I think he will see red and throw the book at the cops.

Under what circumstance could you justify confiscating chili oil. It would be a long bow to draw to confuse it with cannabis oil and really no probable cause to think chili oil could be otherwise.