Liam Jurrah, former star AFL footballer, was led from court in handcuffs this afternoon after receiving a sentence of six months for his part in the joint assault on Jillian Brown outside the 24 Hour Store in the early hours of March 28 this year. The sentence will be suspended after he serves three months. Two other charges of aggravated assault against Mr Jurrah were withdrawn, as was a charge of causing serious harm. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
PHOTO: Liam Jurrah is pictured with his grandmother, Cecily Granites, waiting outside the court today, ahead of his sentencing.
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.
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 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.
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.
Basil Jurrah, alleged victim of an assault by Liam Jurrah, has given evidence about his drinking on the day. He said he bought a two litre "four corner bottle" of Jim Beam to drink at his aunty's house at Hidden Valley town camp. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured:After yesterday's disturbances outside the court, mounted police took up position near the steps for part of this morning. Jurrah's legal team is seen leaving the court in the lunch break.
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.
The court heard further evidence this afternoon regarding weapons allegedly in the hands of former star footballer Liam Jurrah on the night of March 7 last year. Niece Philomena White said he had a machete; cousin Daphne White said he had "a little iron"; cousin Ingrid White said he had a nulla nulla; aunty Freda Jurrah said he had "something"; cousin Lemiah Woods said he had a crowbar and at another stage, an axe. KIERAN FINNANE reports. EARLIER STORIES.
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.