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Aunt refused bail on riot charges

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 20 February 2004


A Sydney magistrate has been forced to clear his court room after refusing bail to the aunt of Aboriginal teenager Thomas Hickey, whose death last weekend sparked rioting in the Sydney suburb of Redfern.

Marilyn Cargill, 37, was charged over the riot which her nephew's death sparked.

Cargill pleaded with Redfern Local Court magistrate Bernard Kennedy to allow her to attend her nephew's funeral on Tuesday.

She broke down in tears as the magistrate refused bail on charges of riot, affray, violent disorder and throwing a missile.

Police arrested two other people this afternoon and they are also expected to be charged in relation to the riot.

More than 50 police officers were injured in the riots on Sunday night.

Thomas Hickey died on Saturday after crashing his bicycle and being impaled on a metal fence.

Members of the Redfern community accused police of chasing Thomas Hickey at the time of his death. Police said they had driven past the teenager but were looking for someone else in the area at the time.

Police say they will continue to make arrests over the riot despite community anger.

Local residents claim police have broken a promise not to arrest anyone until after Thomas Hickey's funeral on Tuesday.

Superintendent Dennis Smith from Redfern police says his officers will make more arrests once suspects have been identified.

"We will wait for some of the people who are ringleaders involved that may be attending the funeral," he said.

"We will not be arresting those people until after the funeral. Other people we will arrest when they are seen."


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