Clan member admits role in spear death of rival in Groote riot
A GROOTE Eylandt man accused of spearing a member of a rival clan has pleaded guilty in the NT Supreme Court to engaging in conduct causing death.
Efram Mamarika is the last of 20 people — including five youths — to admit to charges over a riot which left two men dead at Angurugu community in November, 2015.
The plea comes after a gruelling investigation in which police and prosecutors sifted through mobile phone video footage of the incident and spoke to about 100 witnesses. Mamarika’s lawyer, John Lawrence, SC, told Justice Stephen Southwood he would prefer Justice Peter Barr — who dealt with the other 14 adult offenders — heard the case. “The evidence is long, detailed and very specific ... it strikes me as common sense (to put the plea before Justice Barr),” he said.
Justice Southwood said: “It’s not really a mystery, what’s going on here.”
He declined Mr Lawrence’s request. The riot of about 60 people from the Amagula and Mamarika clans began on the street at Angurugu after a man intervened in an altercation between two women, and one of the women was knocked out. Each side was armed with axes, machetes and spears on November 6, 2015.
A man, 19, from the Mamarika family was speared and killed. The 29-year-old man responsible for the first death was then speared three times and died from a chest wound, which Mamarika stands accused of inflicting.
Mamarika, who also pleaded guilty to throwing rocks at a vehicle on the day of the riot, will remain in custody.
Sentencing submissions will be heard in July.
Souvlaki shop owner Alexis Kotis leaves Darwin Local Court with family yesterday