His family and friends clapped and cheered in the court when Liam Jurrah was found not guilty by unanimous verdict this afternoon just before 2pm, but the man himself only smiled quietly. As he left the dock where he has sat for almost two weeks, he hugged his counsel Jon Tippett QC.
Outside he was immediately surrounded by media and, with a beaming Mr Tippett by his side, he calmly fielded questions. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Video by ERWIN CHLANDA.
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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.
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.
Alice Springs residents who entered a challenge to save 10 to 20% on their household energy use in one year have saved over $3000 in the first six months of the competition, says Sam Latz, Alice Solar City General Manager.
Eastside resident Charlie Carter says locals are up in arms about the Alice Town Council's apparent plans for turning another section of Ross Park into a carpark.
He says there has been no consultation with any of the residents adjacent to the park although the area (see photo above) has already been opened up for cars and sections have been roped off.
But council Director of Technical Services Greg Buxton says discussions "with all parties" – including residents – are under way and the use of the area is, at this stage, only a trial till the end of the season.
This is contested by park user M'Lis Scott who says she took this photo of the car park on the south eastern end of Ross Park on Saturday, June 23 at 12 noon "when soccer and netball was in full swing. I am there every Saturday as my daughter plays soccer at this time." ERWIN CHLANDA reports.