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Boy's accused killer faces WA court

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016 Angie Raphael

There was a strong police presence outside a Perth court for the appearance of a man accused of killing a 14-year-old Aboriginal boy whose death sparked a riot, but this time no protesters showed up.

The 55-year-old man, who cannot be identified, appeared in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on Wednesday via video link from an undisclosed prison for his own safety and had his case remanded until next month.

It is believed the boy was riding a stolen motorcycle before a crash involving the bike and the accused man's utility in bushland off Clancy Street in Boulder.

Violence erupted outside the Kalgoorlie Courthouse on Tuesday when the man was due to make his first court appearance, with 12 officers injured, five police cars damaged, nearby businesses forced to shut down and several people arrested.

The protest began peacefully, with about 200 Aboriginal people holding signs demanding justice for 14-year-old Elijah Doughty and claiming the accused man should have been charged with murder rather than manslaughter.

One sign read: "All lives matter. Save our kids. Australia against racism."

But the protesters soon became unruly and began climbing over fences and police cars to get into the court complex.

WA Police Acting Commander Darryl Gaunt said at the time that protesters launched bottle "missiles" at officers as the violence escalated.

He said in more than 30 years working as a policeman he had never seen anything like it, attributing the "disgusting and racist" social media commentary for inflaming the situation.

He said the victim's family and Aboriginal elders supported police and tried to calm the protesters.

In anticipation of a further confrontation, police guarded the Perth court on Wednesday but no protesters appeared.

A vigil was held in Kalgoorlie for Elijah on Tuesday evening and police said there were no major incidents, with liquor restrictions lifted on Wednesday morning.

"There will be a heightened police presence in Kalgoorlie to help maintain calm over the coming days and we thank the community for their support," Mr Gaunt said.

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