Committal Hearing

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The committal hearing for the 5 guys charged with murdering Kwementyaye Ryder began yesterday and contrary to my earlier fears, the local media has not refrained from reporting. ABC News Alice Springs has posted updates through out the first two days of the hearing, see their reports here. The events of that morning as they've been told to the court are as shocking as the rumors we heard at the time.

Yet, there is still hope for town and it's people. The victim's sister-in-law stated here that she feels education on reporting incidences of racism has helped control the level of violence in town. While she acknowledges that racism does exist, on the whole she feels that 'we've got a good town here'. It is surprising, but good, to hear this optimism in the face of what has happened.

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