Report # 3. Posted 4:40pm, July 23. See earlier reports below.
The court heard today from two witnesses, Allan Collins and Esau Marshall. Their evidence in chief had been tendered in writing. Cross-examination by Mr Tippett went to two matters in particular: one, that they had been drinking – "half shot" as opposed to "full drunk", they both said; two, that it was dark at Little Sisters Town Camp where the critical events unfolded.
Both witnesses put Liam Jurrah and Christopher Walker, whose nickname is "Mini Me", on the scene as perpetrators in the attack on Basil Jurrah, together with a third person.
Mr Marshall, questioned by prosecutor Steve Robson in order to "rehabilitate" his evidence after cross-examination, said he had seen Basil Jurrah lying on the ground; Liam Jurrah was "hitting him" with a machete, and Christopher Walker had an axe and "was pounding it on Basil", on his legs and his head. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Photos: An angry crowd opposite the courthouse kept in check by a large contingent of police. At left: One of the accused, Josiah Fry.
A smartly dressed but worried looking Liam Jurrah (right) arrived out the front of the Alice Springs Courthouse this morning, to a waiting crowd of cameramen, photographers and reporters.
The star footballer, from Yuendumu and now playing for the Melbourne Football Club, stands accused (together with two others) of unlawfully causing serious harm, going armed with an offensive weapon at night and four counts of aggravated assault.
It was something of an anti-climax when the prosecution told Magistrate David Bamber that they were not ready to proceed immediately. A number of witnesses are coming in from remote communities, chiefly Nyirrpi, and have not yet arrived, Mr Bamber was told.
A couple live in town and the case may be able to start with their evidence shortly. KIERAN FINNANE reports.Photo at top: Jurrah defence team Jon Tippett QC (with sunglasses) and John McBride confronted by media outside the court.