Police are continuing investigations into offences committed in Aurukun, following the homicide of a 37-year-old man on New Year’s Day. Investigators have now charged 23 people with 79 offences in Aurukun after rioting in the town.
Those charges relate to six houses being set on fire, two other houses being extensively damaged and other offences. Twelve people have been charged with arson. Those arrested are due to appear in the Aurukun and Cairns Magistrates courts on a range of dates between January and April 2020.
Police allege a large group of people took to the streets arming themselves with makeshift weapons such as sticks and metal bars once news spread of the man’s death.
According to police, the group dispersed for a period of time before reforming and breaking into houses and vehicles, damaging property and in some instances starting fires.
Six dwellings were set on fire, sustaining varying degrees of damage including some being destroyed, two other dwellings sustaining fire damage to the outside.