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The Centralian advocate Fri 18 Dec 2009



The Centralian advocate Fri 18 Dec 2009


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 63 no. 59

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4 Centralian Advocate, Friday, December 18, 2009 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 8 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K THE RYDER COMMITTAL HEARING 2 6 2 5 0 5 /1 0 4 9 2 5 0 5 /1 0 Court sees video re-enactment DAY 2: TUESDAY Dan Moss A F T E R k i c k i n g Kwementyaye Ryder and leaving him unconscious, Glen Swain went to his friends mothers house to have a drink, the Alice Springs Magistrates Court was told on the second day of the committal hearing. I n a v i d e o r e enactment shown at a committal hearing over Mr Ryders death, Swain said he had tunnel vision as he kicked Mr Ryder twice in the head. The video was shown in court on Tuesday, the second day of the committal hearing of Timothy James Hird, Scott John Doody, Glen Anthony Swain, Joshua Benjamin Spears and A n t o n T h o m a s Kloeden. The five men, aged between 19 and 24 at the time they were arrested, have been held on remand since the July 25 death of Mr R y d e r . T h e y a r e charged with murder and eight counts of recklessly endangering life. The court was shown a one-hour videotaped re-enactment, made a week after Mr Ryders death, of the alleged events immediately before and afterwards. In the video, a handcuffed Swain directed police in a vehicle from the Lasseters Casino car park, where the young men started their journey. As the police drove d u r i n g t h e r e enactment, he said: We had no particular destination in mind. The court heard the ute then turned into the Todd riverbed from the Tuncks Road causeway and headed north towards the Telegraph Station. Swain said: We saw a few occupants (of camps) get up and run away. They obviously feared for what might happen. The court heard that after something was thrown at the vehicle and words were exchanged, Swain said the boys drove to Hird and Swains house on Spearwood Road and collected a replica Magnum pistol. After firing blanks f r o m t h e g u n o n Undoolya Road, the car arrived at the Schwarz Crescent causeway and Hird fired another round. The video showed the car heading up Schwarz Crescent and past the RSL, when Swain said something hit the ute. Swain said in the reenactment video shown to the court that Kloeden made a U-turn and drove up to the person walking on the opposite side of the road, who seemed to have thrown something at the white ute. Swain said Hird got out of the ute and chased the man, who stumbled to the ground. Swain said he was about two metres behind Hird. He said: By the time I approached I saw Tim had made contact with one foot. I then got as close as what Tim was to the fella that was on the ground. From that point he had his hands over his face. Police used a mannequin in the video shown to the court for Swain to demonstrate how the man was lying on the ground. The mannequin was placed on its side, facing east, with its feet facing the road. Swain demonstrated how he kicked the man twice to the face and forehead. He said Hird was to his left and behind the man. Doody was also present. Swain told police in the video shown to the court: I saw that he wasnt moving as I stated ... he was sort of like a rag-doll type ef fect with no sort of muscle controlling however he was. He appeared to be unconscious and thats when I looked up and Anton said: Lets go, lets go, lets go. I was doing what I was doing, not worrying what everybody else was doing. Tunnel vision, like I said. The next thing Swain said he remembered was getting into the car and driving to Spears mothers house in Larapinta for a drink and to play with Spears snake and listen to music. The court heard everyone but Spears went to Hird and Swains house soon after that. Campers tell of ute DAY 3: WEDNESDAY FOUR Todd River bed campers, who said they were driven at by a white ute in the early hours of July 25, gave evidence on the third day of the committal hearing. O n e o f t h e m , Maureen Walker, told the court they thought the people in the ute were being kind and wishing them Happy Birthday before the occupants said: You stink like the Todd River. She said the vehicle approached and the occupants said: Get out of the Todd River, you mother........ Another camper, Trudy Wallace, told the court she was at a camp with a man named Brian and a Ms Walker. Both women said they had drunk wine that morning. Ms Walker said she saw a white ute approach from the north and drive within a metre of her group. Both women told the hearing they hid behind a tree as the car drove past again. Ms Wallace told the court police had taken a statement from her on the day while she was drunk and some sections werent accurate but she had signed them. The women told the court the ute went up Schwarz Crescent, where it stopped and the occupants appeared to change drivers. Another camper, Tony Cotchilli, told the court he was at a different camp, lying next to his fire, about 2m from his swag, when a white ute ran over it. Mr Cotchilli said he had trouble walking and couldnt run out of the way. He and fellow campers hid behind a tree as the ute drove over the swag again. Mr Cotchilli told the court Jeannie Bruno threw a firestick about a metre long at the ute as it went past. Andrew Kerr , a friend of Joshua Ben Spears, one of the accused, said hed had a phone conversation with Spears in the morning of July 25 but couldnt understand much of what he said because it sounded like he was speaking through his teeth. U n d e r c r o s s e x a m i n a t i o n b y Spearss defence, Tony Whitelum, Mr Kerr told the court the conversation was hard to understand because there was music in the background. The prosecution asked him to repeat what he had said to police about the conversation but he said he couldnt remember much of it. He told the court the conversation had something to do with a bottle, and that it didnt break. T h e b r o t h e r o f Joshua Ben Spears, coaccused over death of Kwementyaye Ryder, told the court hed told him to go to the police and that he was a f...... idiot for being involved. Nathan Mark Spears told the court he hadnt had contact with his brother until five days after the day Mr Ryder was found dead on the side of Schwarz Crescent. The court heard Nathan Spears spoke to h i s b r o t h e r s c o accused, Glen Anthony Swain, at about 10.30am on July 25 and said he was told the group had bashed someone and left them by the side of the road. He said during questioning by the prosecution that Swain had told him hed been drinking at a private room in the casino and all five had driven home. He said that Swain told me they were driving home and saw my cousin Mark. Then they said they were driving to Hungry Jacks and an Aboriginal man threw a rock at the car. He said Swain told him they got out and got into a fight with him. They just said they bashed him and left him there. Mr Spears told the court he was drinking at the time, and one of the accused, Timothy James Hird, was at the house as Swain was telling the story but he remained quiet. He said he tried to call his brother but couldnt. He said he continued to drink at another persons house and went to Bojangles later that night, where he saw Hird again. Nathan Spears told the court it wasnt until the Wednesday after he read about the death in the Centralian Advocate that Spears made contact. The first police officer to arrive at the scene, Officer Nathan Michael Turner, told the court he arrived minutes after 7.30am on July 25 and the body was cold and wasnt breathing. He said a man and a woman were there and a green bottle was 1m away from the body.