More in court for Yamba riot
UP to 13 more people, including nine juveniles, have fronted the Maclean Local Court to face charges arising from a riot at Yamba in the early hours of February 14 this year in which a police car valued at more than $50,000 was allegedly torched.
The juveniles cannot be named but eight of the nine have been charged with riot and a series of other offences.
The four adults; Dylan Jason McNeill, Jarrod Raymond Wilson, Jesse Allan Marsden and Jay Robert Winter were each charged with riot, destroy property by fire, maliciously destroying or damaging property and inciting to assault a police officer in the execution of their duty.
Offences such as rioting carry a maximum sentence of 15 years jail and malicious damage 12 years.
All alleged offenders were released on bail to appear in the Grafton Local Court next month.
The appearance of the 12 people in the Maclean court yesterday brings the total number of people to have been brought before the courts through offences alleged to have occurred on the night to about 20.
Some have been remanded in custody while many of the alleged young offenders have had strict bail conditions applied, including a 6pm to 6am curfew.
Police have claimed they went to a party in the Yamba industrial estate late on February 13 to issue a noise abatement order and, when things quietened down, left.
But about 1.30am on February 14 they were called to return to the party, again because of noise.
It is alleged some of the partygoers then set up a bin next to one of the police vehicles and started throwing rocks at it, many of which hit the police car.
When officers retreated, it is alleged one of two police cars on the scene was set alight and another was smashed with rocks.
Police called for reinforcements from throughout the Coffs/Clarence Command and the riot was brought under control about 4am.
A number of people appeared in the Grafton Local Court later that day, including the alleged ringleader, Craig Jeremy McNeill, 50, of Yamba.