Wakley church riot: Fifteenth person charged over mob violence

Peta Rasdien
The Nightly
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Fifty eight officers were injured during the riot, including two who were hospitalised.
Fifty eight officers were injured during the riot, including two who were hospitalised. Credit: Supplied/TheWest

Another man has been charged over the Wakeley church riot that erupted after an orthodox Assyrian bishop was stabbed last month.

Strike Force Dribs officers arrested the 41-year-old when he attended Narellan Police Station just before 6pm on Tuesday.

He is the fifteenth person to be charged over the riot after police released a series of images captured during the mob rampage on April 14.

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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 arrested over the stabbing, which authorities have designated a terror attack,

The latest man charged over the riot will appear in Fairfield Local Court on June 26.

The police investigation into the riot is continuing.

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