Jurrah to face trial in March over machete claims
AFL football star Liam Jurrah will stand trial next year for his alleged role in a violent clash at a town camp in Alice Springs.
Appearing before Justice Dean Mildren via video link in the Alice Springs Supreme Court, neither Jurrah nor his two co-accused issued a plea.
The brief arraignment hearing was adjourned until March 11, 2013, the day before a trial is due to begin to hear the allegations.
The Melbourne Demons player is facing three charges of aggravated assault and one count of unlawfully causing serious harm.
Jurrah was in Melbourne for today's hearing.
Counsel for Jurrah, Jon Tippett, QC, has indicated his client will be fighting the charges.
Jurrah's strict bail conditions were altered today to allow the footballer to live in South Australia with his family over summer during the AFL season's break.
He will still be barred from returning to the Northern Territory except to attend court.
During a preliminary hearing in July prosecutors alleged Jurrah was a ringleader in an attack on March 7 at a town camp on the edge of Alice Springs.
They alleged Jurrah was carrying a machete and led a group of about 20 people who went to the camp during an altercation over a longstanding feud that related to a death in the outback town of Yuendumu, where Jurrah is from, in 2010.
One of his co-accused in the incident, Christopher Walker, is facing four counts of being armed with an offensive weapon at night and unlawfully causing serious harm.
Walker will remain in custody to appear in the Supreme Court on October 29 this year for his arraignment hearing to resume.
A third man, Josiah Fry, who is facing three counts of aggravated assault and one count each of being armed with an offensive weapon and unlawfully causing serious harm, will reappear in court for trial on March 12 next year.