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A man with an arrest warrant outstanding for six months committed three aggravated assaults in the public places in the middle of Alice Springs, including the Araluen Park (pictured) where children play and locals picnic, seemingly making a mockery of our justice system. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
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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.
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.
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.
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Report # 2. Posted 2:10pm, July 23. See earlier report below.
An angry crowd gathered outside the Alice Springs Courthouse as the committal hearing of charges against Liam Jurrah, Christopher Walker and Josiah Fry got underway.
Feuding Warlpiri families were shouting and raising their fists..
But prominent Yuendumu elder Harry Nelson (at right) was in the crowd, appealing for calm, saying they were not there for payback but to support their family member, Liam.
In the lobby of the courthouse, Mr Jurrah was happy to see family members, men and women, exchanging hugs and smiles. Outside the phalanx of media were waiting for him to come out.
A large detail of police moved in to calm the crowd.
In the courtroom, the less exciting matter of establishing the facts had begun. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Four new charges have been laid against footballer Liam Jungarai Jurrah, all of aggravated assault, and against four different people.
This was revealed when he appeared in the Alice Springs Magistrate's Court this afternoon for a preliminary examination on two charges, "unlawfully cause serious harm" and "armed with an offensive weapon at night".
Defence counsel John McBride told Magistrate John Birch that he was having discussions with the prosecution about further witnesses, civilian and police, and possibly a doctor.
The court was told that the events, from which the charges arise, in the Little Sisters town camp near Alice Springs' Heavitree Gap, had involved two groups and most had consumed alcohol.
It is alleged one man was injured with a machete.
Drawing by ROD MOSS. Defence counsel John McBride on his feet, Magistrate John Birch on the bench.
UPDATE 4:40pm: Magistrate John Birch has now varied Mr Jurrah's bail conditions so he can play football in Darwin on the weekend before his three day oral committal hearing to begin on July 23.
Mr Jurrah will be allowed to travel from Melbourne to Darwin on July 19 "and remain there with a football manager for the purpose of undertaking his employment," Mr Birch ordered.
"On the July 22 the defendant is to travel from Darwin to Alice Springs with a football manager for the purpose of attending his court appearance on the 23 July 2012.
"While in Alice Springs the defendant is to reside at a hotel and not leave those premises between 7pm and 7am."
Meanwhile Mr Jurrah's co-defendant Christopher Walker has been remanded in custody to July 23 for a three day oral committal. The alleged charges are the same as Mr Jurrah's.