Jurrah Not Guilty

March 21, 2013 by  

Jurrah Not Guilty, FORMER AFL player Liam Jurrah will walk from court a free man after a jury found him not guilty of seriously harming his cousin in a brawl last year.

After nearly eight hours of deliberations a jury of seven women and five men told the Alice Springs Supreme Court that they had unanimously decided the former Melbourne Football Club player was not guilty of the crime, which carried a maximum penalty of 14 years’ jail.

Jurrah did not react when the jury’s verdict was read out to the court, but he triumphantly walked out of the court surrounded by supporters from the outback town of Yuendumu, where he is from.

”I am feeling happy at the moment,” Mr Jurrah told waiting media.

He said he was not sure whether he would celebrate the verdict.

”I will probably just lay low with my family and take it easy,” Jurrah said.

The footballer, who was Melbourne’s leading goalkicker in 2011 and won the award for the AFL’s mark of the year in 2010, said he wanted to return to playing AFL football.

”It is going to take a long journey to get back to where I want to be,” he said.

Jurrah, who has been living in Adelaide since being delisted by Melbourne last year, still has legal issues in South Australia, where he is facing separate charges of drink driving and aggravated assault.

He has trained with the Port Adelaide football club but their manager Peter Rohde was non-committal about whether the club would rekindle its interest in Jurrah.

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