Clan mem­ber ad­mits role in spear death of ri­val in Groote riot

NT News - - NEWS - ELLIE TURNER Court Re­porter

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

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