Doubt cast on teen witness
DOUBT was cast over the validity of the evidence given by a witness in the 2010 Valentine’s Day Yamba riot trial at Maclean Local Court yesterday when the 17 year-old girl admitted she was drunk on the night after consuming half a bottle of vodka mixed with lemonade.
The girl was the second of 11 witnesses to give evidence on day three of the trial’s second three-week sitting.
When giving evidence in court yesterday, the girl said she had been drinking and dancing at a party in a shed at the McNeill’s residence at Yamba.
The girl said she then went to see what people who had left the shed were doing, and saw a police car with a group of about 20 people throwing bottles and rocks at it.
When asked by police prosecutor Bob Hanzic who she knew in the group, the girl said “I don’t remember”.
After Magistrate John Andrews allowed the girl she was permitted to refresh her memory from her statement, by Magistrate John Andrews, the girl said she saw Cody McNeill and Dylan McNeill throwing bottles and rocks at the police car.