A witness in the Liam Jurrah trial, 23-year-old Bruno Wilson (pictured), has told the court that he lied in a statement to police when he said that Liam Jurrah had a nulla nulla and that he hit Basil Jurrah with it three times. He said he lied because he felt under pressure; that the police officer taking his statement repeatedly asked him whether Liam Jurrah had a weapon and only stopped when he finally said that he did. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
PHOTO below: Police intervened as tempers flared outside the court on several occasions.
The court heard further evidence this afternoon regarding weapons allegedly in the hands of former star footballer Liam Jurrah on the night of March 7 last year. Niece Philomena White said he had a machete; cousin Daphne White said he had "a little iron"; cousin Ingrid White said he had a nulla nulla; aunty Freda Jurrah said he had "something"; cousin Lemiah Woods said he had a crowbar and at another stage, an axe. KIERAN FINNANE reports. EARLIER STORIES.
The CDL saga goes on, a hike in fines is dropped, feral shopping trolleys are brought partly under control, and the statue of the explorer John McDouall Stuart (pictured during its unveiling followed by immediate removal) finally has a home. These were some of the issues discussed at last night's meeting of the Town Council committees. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Police Commander Kate Vanderlaan has described the delay of a 000 call as "very concerning". She commented today after Telstra released details of the incident on February 22 when the manager of the tennis centre, Matt Roberts was under siege by an armed mob threatening to kill him.
Counsel for Liam Jurrah this morning attempted to explore the family dispute that may lie behind the events of March 7 last year at Little Sisters Camp, during which it is alleged the former star footballer caused serious harm to his cousin, Basil Jurrah.
Jon Tippet QC tried to ask witness Freda Jurrah, Liam Jurrah's aunty, about the reason for the trouble. Was it between the Watson and Walker-Granites families? Yes. Was it caused by the death of Kwementyaye Watson? Yes. The Watson family were upset with the Walker-Granite families because they "blamed them" for the death of Kwementyaye Watson? No answer. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: Liam Jurrah enters the court, with Jon Tippet QC at his side.
Territory Police took 4 minutes and 46 seconds and 13 minutes and 12 seconds, respectively, to pick up two calls via 000 from the manager of the tennis centre, Matt Roberts (pictured), when he was under siege on February 22 by an armed mob threatening to kill him. The first call did not result in the police coming to Mr Roberts' assistance. The second one did. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
I hosted a lunch with the Chronic Preventative Health worker from Alice Springs. The man she principally sought and tried to get to the lunch was intoxicated by 11am. I told her this was the way it had been for the past 18 months with this forty-five year old, talented, bi-lingual remote community man who'd had a stroke at that time. RUSSELL GUY sees the grog mayhem up close in a "dry" community not far from Alice. PHOTO: The sign nailed to the tree says: "Let there be light in the darkness."
While Minister Giles is pushing to create 100 residential blocks in the new Kilgariff suburb, Minister Chandler (at left) has the same number of dwellings empty and decaying throughout the town.
A reliable source says about 100 public housing homes and units are vacant, and no or little repair work has been done since the Country Liberals came to power in August last year. IMAGE: A small selection of empty and derelict public housing in Alice Springs (from left) 6 Walmulla Street, 10 Kraegen Street, 74 Gap Road, 97 Gap Road and 6 Arunga Street. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE Saturday: A spokeswoman for the Minister told us she would be getting back to us on Monday.
A group of young fellas who were sick of waiting around for a music scene. So much so that they decided to make one. The Black Wreath was born. HUGH MAN WINTERFLOOD reports. PHOTOS: Top: band members of The Horror, Miazma and Uncreation. Left: Pirate.