If the already dangerously complex issues of youth offending can be fairly dealt by leaving out half the facts, then Alice Springs youth lawyer Sophie Trevitt (pictured at left at a public meeting on youth issues) has done a fine job with her opinion piece in yesterday's The Guardian. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
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.
A man sentenced today in the Supreme Court in Alice Springs to six months imprisonment had already been in custody for 12. While in custody he suffered a serious assault at the hands of another prisoner (since sentenced for the offence) and spent the rest of his time in gaol in "protection", which in fact means lockdown for 22 hours a day. "The system has failed," said Chief Justice Trevor Riley (pictured).
KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Supreme Court where the jury in the Liam Jurrah trial is still out.
Hourly visits to police cells checking on inmates were a routine task for social workers employed by Tangentyere, says former Alice identity Eddie Taylor (pictured).
He says for four or five years in the late 1990s the youth night patrol called at the police cells, spoke to all prisoners and made sure they were OK. Mr Taylor says if the scheme had been continued, it may have saved the life of Kwementyaye Briscoe whose death in the police cells is the subject of a coronial enquiry.