An Australian tourist, a member of a group, emailed Mayor Damien Ryan and all councillors, saying he would be "embarrassed to recommend Alice Springs and Uluru to anyone" and stating in part: "We feared for our safety many times. You may be used to it, but the smell of many of the locals was unbearable. We left shopping, and we left the Casino because we could not bear the smell of some the people. Before you declare us racist, we would be concerned by any people with these issues." COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Drinking and fighting in the town centre.
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.
Report # 4. Posted 2:30pm, July 24. See earlier reports below.
As the court adjourned for lunch on the second day of the committal hearing of charges against star footballer Liam Jurrah and two others, cross-examination had begun of Basil Jurrah, the alleged victim of their assault causing serious harm charge.
Judging by their demeanour, this testimony is of critical interest to the defendants. Liam Jurrah, for the first time, was leaning back in his chair, craning to see the witness and intently listening to his answers. His co-accused Josiah Fry did the same. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Photos: Top – The grassy knoll opposite the courthouse, where yesterday an angry crowd had gathered, was a scene of peace and quiet this morning. Middle: Liam Jurrah. Below: Interstate camera crews from the three commercial TV networks had a quieter day until tensions between feuding Warlpiri familes built this afternoon.