Riot case to be heard in June
GRAFTON Local Court has set a deadline of June 21 to hear the cases of 10 men involved in a riot in the Yamba industrial estate in the early hours of February 14.
None of the 10 men, eight of whom are in custody, appeared in Grafton Local Court yesterday, but the court set a final date for briefs of evidence to be served – June 14 – and set the hearing date a week later.
The 10 accused – Glen Leigh Ayres, Robert Douglas Harvey, Jesse Allan Marsden, Craig Jeremy McNeil, Dylan Jason McNeil, Matthew John Newell, Douglas Pearce, Jarrod Raymond Wilson and Jay Robert Winter – are facing charges including riot, inciting people to assault police, aiding an attempt to escape custody, escape custody and maliciously damage property by fire.
Defence solicitor Joe Fahey urged for an earlier hearing date due to the length of time the men had already been in custody.
Mark Spagnolo, the solicitor representing Craig and Dylan McNeil, said police had not fully responded to a subpoena requesting the return of items seized by police on the night of the riot.
He said the items missing were mobile phones and videos taken during the riot.
The riot began when police were confronted by about 20 people who armed themselves with bricks and began smashing the windows and panels of a police car.
When the officers attempted to intervene they had rocks and bricks thrown at them.
The officers fled on foot and called for back-up. When they left, the paddy-wagon, worth an estimated $50,000, was torched.
Up to 20 police were called to help out in the incident.