Jarrod Wilson and Matthew Newell were two of three defendants who walked free from Maclean Court yesterday after the charges against them were dismissed.
Jarrod Wilson and Matthew Newell were two of three defendants who walked free from Maclean Court yesterday after the charges against them were dismissed. Rodney Stevens

Three walk from Riot court

JARROD Wilson, Matthew Newell and Jesse Marsden all walked free from Maclean Court yesterday after Magistrate John Andrews dismissed charges against them over the 2010 Valentine’s Day Yamba Riot.

That leaves six of the initial 10 adults still facing charges, following the dismissal of charges against Jay Winter on Monday, March 14.

Mr Andrews dismissed the charges against the three men after hearing “Prasad” applications on behalf of eight of the nine remaining defendants.

He said the evidence against the three men was lacking in weight and reliability and therefore they could not be convicted.

He refused the applications on behalf of Robert Harvey, Douglas Pearce, Dylan McNeill, Glen Ayres and Courtney Walker.

A relieved Mr Wilson said he was happy with the magistrate’s decision.

“I am very relieved it is all over and I was always confident that I would be found not guilty,” he said.

Speaking on behalf Mr Marsden, solicitor Bob Thompson said: “My client is relieved that after a long and agonising ordeal his innocence has been established.”

Barrister Derek Shridhar said on behalf Mr Newell: “He is happy that the ordeal is over.”

“It’s been very stressful for him and his family and he is just glad to go back to work,” Mr Shridhar said.

Before the “Prasad” rulings, Mr Andrews set down March 28 at Grafton Court as the day for mention of the prosecution case against nine juveniles who have been charged over their part in the incident.

Craig McNeill gave evidence of being arrested and put in the back of the Yamba police vehicle before a volley of projectiles smashed the windscreen.

Under cross-examination, prosecutor Bob Hanzic questioned Mr McNeill saying “You didn’t condone what was happening”, to which Mr McNeill replied “That’s correct.”



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