Valentine's Day riot trial resumes
TEN men charged with their alleged involvement in last year’s Yamba Valentine’s Day riot will be back before Magistrate John Andrews on Monday when the trial resumes at Maclean court for another three-week sitting.
Glen Ayres, Robert Harvey, Jesse Marsden, Craig McNeill, Dylan McNeill, Matthew Newell, Douglas Pearce, Jarrod Wilson, Jay Winter and Courtney Walker all face riot and other charges.
Police and civilian witnesses admitted mistakes in their statements as they were grilled by a 10-strong-team of defence barristers and solicitors during a dramatic three-week sitting that commenced on October 26 last year. Graphic video footage of the alleged rioters pelting a police car with bottles, bricks and pavers before lighting it was shown in the court several times.
The officer in charge at Yamba Police Station on the night of the riot, Senior Constable Sid Hill, broke down in the witness box while under examination by NSW Police prosecutor Bob Hanzic on day three of the hearing.
The trial was moved from Grafton to Maclean court later that day when white particles were seen wafting from air-conditioning ducts in the courtroom.
A page on social networking site Facebook named Yamba Riot 2010, which was created recently, had attracted increased interest since The Daily Examiner featured a report about it on Friday.
When it hit The Daily Examiner’s website the Facebook page had one person who liked it. Yesterday that number had grown to 88.
More than 300 people had also recommended the story on The Daily Examiner’s website to their friends.