The trial of Liam Jurrah (pictured) finished early today, after playing of the record of his interview with police was abandoned, the courtroom copy of the DVD appearing to be faulty. The interview was given while Liam Jurrah was under arrest on March 8 last year, a day after the events at Little Sisters camp. In the few minutes that were played in court, he appeared serious but calm. He had elected not to have anybody with him during the interview and had spoken to his legal representative beforehand. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
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.