Robert Harvey, Glen Ayres, Courtney Walker, Craig McNeill and Dylan McNeill outside Grafton Court yesterday after their charges over the 2010 Yamba riot were dismissed.
Robert Harvey, Glen Ayres, Courtney Walker, Craig McNeill and Dylan McNeill outside Grafton Court yesterday after their charges over the 2010 Yamba riot were dismissed. Rodney Stevens

Charges dismissed for six

JUBLIANCE and relief was written all over the faces of the six remaining adults facing charges over the 2010 Valentine’s Day Yamba riot when they walked free from Grafton court yesterday after all but one charge was dismissed against one of the accused.

Thirty-four charges, including riot, maliciously damage property by fire and affray, against Craig McNeill, Glen Ayres, Courtney Walker, Dylan McNeill, Robert Harvey and Douglas Pearce were dismissed by Magistrate John Andrews after he found police evidence too unreliable to convict the accused beyond reasonable doubt.

The charge against Craig McNeill of not complying with an eight-hour noise abatement order, issued on February 13 relating to a party at his Yamba residence, was proven but dismissed under section 10 as it was his first offence.

Coffs Clarence Superintendent Mark Holahan said police would respect the court’s decision.

“At this time the court has made a decision, we respect the decision and its time for us to move forward,” he said.

34 charges including riot, maliciously damage property by fire and affray against Craig McNeill, Glen Ayres, Courtney Walker, Dylan McNeill, Robert Harvey and Douglas Pearce were dismissed by Magistrate John Andrews after he found police evidence too unreliable to convict the accused beyond reasonable doubt.



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