Man jailed over Coraki riots

WARREN WILLIAMS has received a 10-month jail sentence for his role in the street riots at Coraki in March, but will be eligible for release from jail at the end of July.

Williams, 36, of Box Ridge, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to one charge of affray using unlawful violence at Coraki between 10.30am and 11.15am on March 28 in an ugly incident involving local families and friends.

Magistrate Robyn Denes took into account the time Williams has already spent in custody and ordered he serve a non-parole term of four months.

Police facts before the court stated Williams had a lengthy 20-year criminal history, with time spent in jail for violentoffences including malicious wounding, and had been on parole for an unrelated matter at the time of the Corakioffence.

Police said many Aboriginal people gathered in Coraki's Martin Street just after 10am that day with several fights breaking out with some of the people involved armed with weapons and ‘the entire incident captured on video footage' that was now in police possession.

Police received 12 emergency Triple-0 calls from Coraki residents that morning who were fearful of the affray in Martin Street, Rayner Lane and Adams Street.

Police state Williams first went to a Dibbs Street home with Scott Kell and Nahrina Williams and spoke to occupants about a group of people attending Martin Street and continuing a fight from the night before.

Williams then became inv-olved in a physical confrontation with people from a house at 12 Martin Street.

When arrested he admitted his involvement, telling police he was aware his daughter and others had the intention to fight with other people who were residents of Martin Street.

Williams also stated he had been aware at least one length of timber, that matched timber seen during the violent incident, had been carried to the location inside his motor vehicle.

Other people involved in the Coraki affray are yet to have their matters finalised in the court.

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