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10 January, 2020

23 people charged in Aurukun

23 people charged in Aurukun

By Phil Brandel

Police are continuing investigations into offences committed in Aurukun, following the homicide of a 37-year-old man on New Year’s Day. Investigators have now charged 23 people with 79 offences in Aurukun after rioting in the town.

Those charges relate to six houses being set on fire, two other houses being extensively damaged and other offences. Twelve people have been charged with arson. Those arrested are due to appear in the Aurukun and Cairns Magistrates courts on a range of dates between January and April 2020.

Police allege a large group of people took to the streets arming themselves with makeshift weapons such as sticks and metal bars once news spread of the man’s death.

According to police, the group dispersed for a period of time before reforming and breaking into houses and vehicles, damaging property and in some instances starting fires.

Six dwellings were set on fire, sustaining varying degrees of damage including some being destroyed, two other dwellings sustaining fire damage to the outside.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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