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Councillors push back at tightening grip

By KIERAN FINNANE In another bland meeting of the Town Council the issue that last night attracted the most debate was the supply of...

Liam Jurrah in police custody after alleged violent incident

UPDATE Friday 2:30pm:

Police have announced that they have charged a 24-year-old man, understood to be footballer Liam Jurrah (pictured), with four counts of aggravated assault and a 32-year-old man with three counts of aggravated assault.

“Both men have been remanded in custody and will appear in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court on Tuesday 2 April,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Malley.

The new police statement says five, not three, women had allegedly been assaulted.



Footballer Liam Jurrah (pictured) is understood to be one of two men in police custody after what police describe as a violent incident yesterday morning.

Police Superintendent Brent Warren says three women were allegedly assaulted outside the 24 Hour Store on Gap Road.

They received medical treatment and have since been discharged from hospital.

"Injuries range from scratches and bruises through to facial injuries," says Supt Warren in a media release, and investigations are continuing.

No charges have been laid so far and police have asked anyone in the vicinity of the store at around 3am to contact them on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

LETTER: Want the facts on alcohol in Central Australia?

Sir – Professor Dennis Gray, Deputy Director of the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, will explain the findings of the Longitudinal Study of influences on alcohol consumption and related harm in Central Australia, with a particular emphasis on the role of price in Alice Springs (see advertisement this edition), writes Vicki Gillick, PAAC Policy Co-ordinator.

Jurrah trial: Jury considering its verdict

UPDATE, 6.30pm: The jury has been sent home for the night and will return to continue their deliberations from 10am tomorrow. Liam Jurrah (pictured a short while ago) has been allowed to leave the court under the same bail conditions as have applied throughout the trial.


UPDATE, 5.35pm: The court has adjourned to 6.30pm when the jury will advise its progress.


UPDATE, 4:50pm: Unless there is a verdict earlier, the Judge will call the jury back at 5:15pm to check on their progress.


UPDATE, 3.10pm: The jury has retired. Liam Jurrah is waiting with family members in the lobby. Under bail conditions at this stage of the trial he is not allowed to leave the court. He maintains a remarkable calm as throughout this trial.



The jury in the trial of Liam Jurrah started early this morning but has still not retired to consider its verdict. Chief Justice Trevor Riley has been taking them through the things they must consider, in particular matters of law of which he, of course, is the judge. The jury however is the judge of the facts but in this too they have received plenty of guidance. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Liam Jurrah: guilty or victim of a botched process?


The power of persuasion is at work in the Supreme Court in Alice Springs and the fate of Liam Jurrah hangs in the balance. When prosecutor Stephen Robson had marshaled all the Crown evidence against the accused and called for a guilty verdict, Liam Jurrah looked to the gallery, where family and friends were seated, and sighed. He would have felt more buoyant, however, after hearing his own counsel begin his summing up. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Pictured: At the end of Day 7 of the trial, Bruce Hearn Mackinnon, author of The Liam Jurrah Story, says goodbye to the accused.


Serious harm to Basil Jurrah not in dispute


Also, glowing testimony of Liam Jurrah's character on Day 7 of the trial



That Basil Jurrah sustained serious harm in an assault on him at Little Sisters camp on March 7 last year is not in dispute. Among the agreed facts read out to the jury this morning was an account of his injuries, including lacerations "down to the skull", the largest of these being a 10 cm L-shaped laceration. There were eight external bodily injuries all up found when he was admitted to hospital in the early hours of March 8. A CT scan then revealed six fractures to the head and face. KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Supreme Court where evidence has concluded and summing up has begun.

 Pictured: Liam Jurrah and family leaving court at lunchtime today.

Jurrah: No crime scene, no search for weapons, an 'oversight'

In the Liam Jurrah trial this morning Chief Justice commented that a machete and a crowbar are both "distinctive". He seemed to be in agreement, at least in this regard, with Mr Tippett that the investigation was "very perfunctory".  Investigating officer, Senior Constable Sean Aila, said he didn't know how to reply to this. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Robocops, minder as extras for Giles' exclusive media event

We thought the government had turned the corner with their paranoid media management when Adam Giles gave direct access to ministers, bypassing odious minders who had created a barrier worse than the Berrimah line.
Yet while the Alice Springs News Online did the hard yards on the investigation into the shortcomings of 000 calls, we got no invite yesterday when Mr Giles announced the expansion of the police call centre, amidst plods in Robocop attire, a beaming Police Commissioner and – who was that grateful Member Of The Public shaking Mr Giles by the hand? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTOS: Images from the ABC TV News last night.

'It's pretty complicated between Jurrah versus Jurrah.'


Liam Jurrah trial, Day 6, UPDATED (see Full Story)


Liam Jurrah (pictured with niece Johnisha White at the lunch break today) became angry, on the night of March 7 last year, when he heard people calling his name, saying that he didn't respect anybody, that he didn't want to know his old man and his grandfather. They were saying, "all you want to do is to come here and be with your mother's family". He was angry but he didn't have "any fight with no-one". KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Supreme Court where the jury has watched a recording of Liam Jurrah's interview with police.

Liam Jurrah serious but calm as police interview starts


Liam Jurrah trial, Day Five, afternoon: 


The trial of Liam Jurrah (pictured) finished early today, after playing of the record of his interview with police was abandoned, the courtroom copy of the DVD appearing to be faulty. The interview was given while Liam Jurrah was under arrest on March 8 last year, a day after the events at Little Sisters camp. In the few minutes that were played in court, he appeared serious but calm. He had elected not to have anybody with him during the interview and had spoken to his legal representative beforehand. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


250 public dwellings would cost $100,000 each to fix up


There are 250 public housing dwellings in the NT that would cost $100,000 each to fix up.

Housing Minister Peter Chandler's first departmental briefing, days after the Country Liberals' election victory in August last year, revealed that two-thirds of the Repair and Maintenance budget had been spent in the financial year's first two months.
In Alice Springs 91 dwellings are currently empty. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Witness adamant, Jurrah was 'pounding' victim with machete



Liam Jurrah trial, Day 5, morning:


In face of strong cross-examination witness Essau Marshall (pictured) maintained that he saw Liam Jurrah attack Basil Jurrah with a machete. He showed the court how Mr Jurrah was holding the weapon, raising his arms and gripping both hands. He described the action as "pounding".

Before evidence got underway this morning Chief Justice Trevor Riley spoke to the jury about a photo appearing in today's Northern Territory News, showing an injured Basil Jurrah in a hospital bed. He told the jury that the photo should never have been published. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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