Wakeley attack: 17 people charged over mob violence after alleged terror attack

Georgina Noack
The Nightly
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Three more people have been charged over the riot that erupted outside an Assyrian church after Bisho Mar Mari Emmanuel was stabbed last month.
Three more people have been charged over the riot that erupted outside an Assyrian church after Bisho Mar Mari Emmanuel was stabbed last month. Credit: PAUL BRAVEN/AAPIMAGE

Three more people have been charged over the Wakeley church riot that erupted after an orthodox Assyrian bishop was stabbed last month.

A total of 17 people have been arrested so far over a public order incident at the Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, western Sydney, after a 16-year-old boy stabbed Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel on the evening of April 15.

Two men aged 24 and 31-years-old, and a woman, 28, were arrested and charged over the riot after police released a series of images captured during the rampage.

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Following ongoing investigators by officers attached to Strike Force Dribs, a search warrant was executed at a Greenacre home on April 30, where they seized clothing and a mobile phone.

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Bankstown Police Station where he was charged with hinder police officer in the execution of duty and fail to comply with direction.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court on June 6.

About 2000 people descended on the Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley after a bishop was allegedly stabbed by a teenager during a livestreamed service.
About 2000 people descended on the Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley after a bishop was allegedly stabbed by a teenager during a livestreamed service. Credit: X/Twitter

Following further inquiries, a 31-year-old man was arrested after a search warrant was executed at a home on Amazon Place, Kearns about 7.20am on Friday. Investigators also seized clothing and a mobile phone.

He was charged with riot and unlawful assembly.

A 28-year-old woman attended Fairfield Police Station just before 8.30am on Friday, where she was charged with public disorder —more than three people threaten violence cause fear, unlawful assembly and hinder police in execution of duty.

They were both refused bail and appeared before local courts in western Sydney on Friday — the man in Campbelltown and the woman in Fairfield.

Hundreds of people descended on the Christ the Good Shepherd Church after Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was stabbed while giving a sermon that was being live-streamed around the world.

Riot squad officers battled to protect the church as worshippers attacked police vehicles, shattering windows and slashing tyres along Welcome Street as a helicopter flew overhead.

Rioters threw projectiles including bricks and metal fence posts at police, with 58 officers injured including two who were hospitalised.

About 51 police vehicles were damaged, including 29 that are now unusable.

A 16-year-old was charged with terror offences over the stabbing attack.

Investigations under Strike Forst Dribs continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers (1800 333 0000)

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