Lynette Daley hearing: Violence erupts

LIVE 12.20PM: Anger turned to violence outside Grafton Court house this morning after two men facing charges relating to the death of Lynette Daley were granted bail.

Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris fronted Grafton Local Court this morning on manslaughter and other charges related to the death of Ms Daley at 10 Mile Beach, Iluka, in 2011.

Attwater also faced a barrage of punches and taunts as he attempted to cross the road outside the court house after the decision.

A local court magistrate released the pair on bail and a suppression order placed on identifying their residential addresses.

She adjourned the case until September 6, excusing the pair from attending if legally represented.

There was about a 30 minute wait outside the court house while Attwater and Maris signed bail papers.

Attwater to was first to emerge to jeers from the waiting crowd.

He appeared hesitant as he came down the court steps, turning to his left, then right, then left again.which seemed to incense the group of people shouting him.

Attwater began to run and as he started to cross Victoria St, a woman stepped into his path and a man swung several punches at him, striking Attwater a couple of glancing blows.

"Have a go Attwater," members of the crowd shouted as he and his lawyer walked quickly toward where the car was parked in Fitzroy St.

Lynette's mother, Thelma Davis, was caught up in the melee and at one stage screamed at people to let her go.

She was comforted by a group of people including her husband, Gordon Davis, and appeared to be nursing her right arm.

Adrian Attwater walks into Grafton Local Court to a bail hearing for the charge of manslaughter of Iluka woman Lynette Daley.
Adrian Attwater walks into Grafton Local Court to a bail hearing for the charge of manslaughter of Iluka woman Lynette Daley. Adam Hourigan

The woman who first accosted Attwater collapsed on the road and lay motionless, attended by a group of people, for about 20 minutes.

Maris left the court house a few minutes later and was taken to Grafton Police Station

Family and supporters of Ms Daley were angry at the court decision, especially a court order to suppress the identity of where the two men live.

Ms Daley's step-father, Gordon Davis, could not understand the decision.

"They get protection, but where was the protection for Lynette?" he said.

Ms Daley's auntie, Denise Purcell, worked in the court system for three years, but was still disappointed with the outcome.

"I didn't expect them to get off so easy," she said. "There should have been harsher bail conditions on them."

Aunty of Lynette Daley Denise Purcell talks to the media outside Grafton Court.
Aunty of Lynette Daley Denise Purcell talks to the media outside Grafton Court. Adam Hourigan

In court the prosecutor appeared to give up on having the men detained after initially moving for a detention application.

"The Crown concedes any risk of flight could be covered by bail conditions your honour could set," he said.

The two defence solicitors then moved to have identification of their clients' residential addresses suppressed.

One of the few bail conditions was both had to surrender their passports and not attempt to get a passport.

There was no surety or reporting conditions.


Lynette Daley.
Lynette Daley. SUPPLIED

11.30AM: Violence has erupted between Lynette Daley's supporters and one of the men accused of the Maclean mother's death.

Punches were thrown between a man and Adrian Attwater, who has been charged with the manslaughter of Ms Daley in January 2011.

The fight spilled on to the street as a woman became involved in the scuffle.

"Have a go Attwater," one of Ms Daley's supporters yelled as he walked away towards Fitzroy St accompanied by his lawyer.


Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris have been charged over the death and sexual assault of Lynette Daley.
Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris have been charged over the death and sexual assault of Lynette Daley.

10.30AM: The men accused of Lynette Daley's death have been granted bail to return to Grafton Local Court on September 6.

Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris appeared in court this morning charged over the January 2011 death of the Maclean mother of seven.

Ms Daley's family and friends were in the courthouse for the hearing this morning.

The addresses of the accused men have been suppressed for their safety and protection.

9.45AM: One of the men accused of killing Lynette Daley has arrived at the Grafton courthouse.

Adrian Attwater is now inside the courthouse. He will face charges of charges of manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault.

Another man, Paul Maris, will appear charged with accessory after the fact to manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault. It is understood he is also inside the courthouse.

The hearing will be delayed until Ms Daley's mother Thelma and step-father Gordon Davis arrive from Maclean..

9.30AM: The family of Lynette Daley has gathered in Grafton as the men accused of her death make their first court appearance.

Ms Daley's brother Hector Purcell and aunty Denise Purcell are among those outside the Grafton courthouse this morning.

Ms Purcell told The Daily Examiner that the family was desperate for a  resolution.

She said finding those behind her niece's death would "set Lynette's spirit free".

8AM: The first chapter in a long and painful fight for justice will be written today as the men accused of Lynette Daley's death face court.

Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris are scheduled to appear in Grafton Local Court from 9am.

Ms Daley, a Maclean mother of seven, was found dead on Ten Mile Beach north of Iluka in January 2011.

Mr Attwater, her boyfriend at the time, and his friend Mr Maris were first charged with the manslaughter of Ms Daley in April, 2011, but the case has never been brought to court.

The pair admitted they were both with Ms Daley, when she died in the early hours of January 27 after a wild Australia Day of drinking and sex.

Ms Daley's family and loved ones are expected to be outside Grafton Local Court for the appearance. Their Justice for Lynette campaign has been waged for more than five years now.

We will have live coverage of court appearance throughout the day.

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