Outback Wrangler’s Matt Wright: Courtroom chaos as Netflix star faces court over Chris Wilson death

Matt Wright, Outback Wrangler’s star, was interrupted by a furious local as he faced criminal charges in relation to the helicopter crash that claimed Chris Wilson’s life.

After local journalists and other people were instructed to leave, Wright was allowed to sit in Darwin Local Court while he waited for his case to be called.

She stood in the middle the courtroom to vent on the court officers about Wright’s special treatment. Wright claimed that she was in court since 9.30 am.

The clearly frustrated court attendee declared: ‘I’d rather catch f***ing cats.’

Wright arrived at the complex wearing jeans and a blue shirt. He was accompanied by his legal team and ignored the media as he made his way from his car to the courthouse at 9:30 am.

Matt Wright, Outback Wrangler’s star, arrived at Darwin Local Court Wednesday morning

A Furious Local Woman (Pictured) Was Enraged After Journalists And Locals Were Told To Move To Make Room For Matt Wright To Sit Down In Darwin Local Court As He Awaited His Case

Local woman furious (pictured) became angry after being told by journalists and other locals to move so that Matt Wright could sit in Darwin Local Court, while he waited to hear his case.

Matt Wright Ignored The Waiting Media Pack As He Got Out His Car And Strode Purposefully Inside Without Any Bodyguards This Time After Ugly Scenes At Darwin Airport On Tuesday

Matt Wright ignored the waiting media packet as he got out of his car. He strode intently inside, this time without any bodyguards.

Wright arrived at Darwin Airport without his burly bodyguards, which caused an ugly fight with the cameramen.

His arrival in courtroom coincided perfectly with someone’s cell phone going off suddenly with an alarming siren alert. It caused confusion and much humour.

Wright sat next to a member from his legal team in the courtroom, with his hands on both his knees, while he waited for his matter.

Wright appeared before the court when his lawyers requested an extension of bail. This was granted on Tuesday.

According to his lawyer, bail was allowed by the duty magistrate.

Wright looked intently at the media as the judge reviewed his bail. The director of public prosecutions had asked for six conditions.

Bail was granted from January 25 to 20, 2023.

Matt Wright (Centre) Faces Seven Charges Over A Helicopter Crash That Killed His Friend, Chris 'Willow' Wilson, In February.

Matt Wright (centre), faces seven charges related to the helicopter crash in which his friend Chris Wilson was killed.

Matt Wright Turned Up For Court In Jeans And A Blue Shirt Flanked By His Suited Legal Team

Matt Wright arrived in court in jeans and blue shirt with his suited legal team. 

Wright is charged with perverting the course of justice, destroying and fabricating evidence as well as unlawfully entering a house, unlawfully entering an apartment, making a false statement, interfering in criminal investigations or court processes by making threats/reprisals to witnesses.

Reality TV star, who is’strenuously’ defame the charges, and his lawyer made a statement after the hearing on Wednesday.

David Newey, his lawyer, stated that Matt Wright had steadfastly denied the charges. 

“Regulatory investigations have not found any defect in the helicopter. Matt requests that the media respects his privacy and Wilson’s, and his wife.

“Matt is naturally disappointed by the charges being laid.” 

Wright’s spokesperson had previously stated that Wright was involved in a tragic accident which claimed the life of a close friend.

“His immediate concern after the accident was the health of the two crew members at the time. 

‘The next priority was ensuring the other helicopters and team members at the site weren’t at risk and that the location was safe. 

‘Matt won’t be making further statements but he’ll vigorously defend the charges.

After a warrant for his arrest, the 43-year old flew from Sydney to Darwin Tuesday morning to present him to Northern Territory Police.

He He was granted bail to appear in court on condition that he not contact any persons and that he remained at a specified address. 

Matt Wright, 43, (Right) Flew From Sydney To Darwin On Tuesday Morning To Present Himself To Northern Territory Police After A Warrant Was Issued For His Arrest.

Matt Wright, 43 (right), flew from Sydney, Australia to Darwin Tuesday morning to appear before the Northern Territory Police. He was being held on a warrant.

Matt Wright'S Arrival At Darwin Airport Sparked Hectic Scenes As His Minders Clashed With Media

As Matt Wright arrived at Darwin Airport, it sparked chaotic scenes as his minders clashed and clashed with media 

Matt Wright Was Flanked By Bodyguards At The Airport Who Barged Past Media While Shouting And Throwing Their Hands At Flashing Camera Lenses

Matt Wright was flanked by bodyguards at the airport who barged past media while shouting and throwing their hands at flashing camera lenses

The reality TV star attempted to avoid reporters throughout the day, starting at 8am in NSW and ending at 6pm at a Palmerston police station. 

He Before settling down, I tried to outrun reporters at Sydney Airport. Fly across the Atlantic in business class for a 4.5-hour flight Red Centre.

He was greeted by his family as he stepped out of Darwin Airport. Bodyguards who pushed past media while shouting at flashing cameras and throwing their hands at them were called “bodyguards”.

You could hear several large men shouting, “Come on! Let’s go!” As they pushed through the media package with Wright at the center, 

In the footage and photos of the ordeal, Wright can be seen smiling.

Daily Mail Australia photographed The Outback Wrangler star loading his luggage into an overhead compartment in the business class section of Qantas Flight 840 from Sydney on Tuesday morning. 

Wilson was killed when the chopper in which he was traveling crashed into Arnhem Land. Wright, along with three other men, was also in the second chopper that crashed at Arnhem Land. Wright flew immediately to the scene.

Chris 'Willow' Wilson Died When The Chopper He Was Travelling In (Pictured) Crashed At Arnhem Land. A Second Chopper Carrying Three Men, Including Wright Immediately Flew To The Scene

Chris Wilson, aka “Willow”, was killed in the crash of his chopper at Arnhemland. Wright was also on board the second helicopter that carried three people.

Chris Wilson Had Been Dangling 30M Below The Robinson R44 Helicopter On A Sling To Collect Crocodile Eggs Before Tragedy Struck

Chris Wilson was hanging 30m below Robinson R44 helicopter, using a sling for collecting crocodile eggs. Before tragedy struck, he had been doing this.

It is alleged that the trio tried to pervert justice by interfering at the crash site.

Wright has denied any wrongdoing regarding what he called a tragic incident.

Wilson was collecting crocodile egg in a remote part of west Arnhem land when the Robinson R44 helicopter from which he was suspended 30m below collided with trees in west Arnhemland. 

A preliminary report by the Air Transport Safety Bureau revealed that his body was discovered 40m from the King River crash site’s main wreckage.

Matt Wright (Right) Said The Death Of Mr Wilson (Centre) Was 'Still Pretty Fresh'. The Pair Were Cast Members On The Outback Wrangler Tv Series With Jono Brown (Left)

Outback Wrangler, a popular adventure TV series that was filmed in the Top End of Australia, airs in over 90 countries. Along with Jono Brown (left), Mr Wright (right), and Mr Wilson (centre), Mr Wilson was part of the cast.

The father of two was strapped to a harness using a line so that he could collect eggs from crocodile nests within swampy areas, while the helicopter hovered above.

Pilot Sebastian Robinson sustained serious injuries in the crash. He is still recovering from his spinal injuries.

Helibrook, Mr Wright’s company, operated the R44 Raven II VH-IDW Robinson flew.

Wright’s second child, Dusty Faith, was born on November 18th.

The couple recently moved from the Northern Territory to the Gold Coast. 


FEBRUARY 28, 2022

7:03am Seb Robinson, the pilot, and Chris ‘Willow’ Willow, the egg collector, were on board one of three Robinson R44 Helicopters. They set off from Noonamah for a crocodile egg collection operations on West Arnhem Land (Northern Territory), about 500 km from Darwin. Each helicopter has one pilot, and one egg collector. They fly for 90 minutes to the drum refuelling station in the bush close Mount Borradaile.

8.30am Choppers fly between the Drum refuelling location and King River staging areas, which is about 20 minutes away. Wilson shared an image of the fuel gauge that showed it was almost full with their WhatsApp group.

Around 9am The helicopters were split to travel to their respective egg collection areas. Two head 12km north-east and collected eggs from nine nests between 0911 and 1014.

10.14am Robinson and Wilson don’t reply to them, and the chief helicopter pilot and director of Remote Helicopters Australia, Michael Burbridge, 44 goes to search for them.

10.36am It found the wreckage from their helicopter about 30km south of South Goulburn Island. Mr Wilson, 34 years old, is found dead at 40m distance from the wreckage. Mr Robinson, 28 year old, is severely injured with spinal injuries and is located on the ground near the aircraft. Their chopper collided with trees, terrain, and other objects. The second chopper quickly takes off again in order to make radio contact and raise alarm.

Matt Wright, an Outback Wrangler was allegedly flying to the scene of the crash with Neil Mellon (off-duty police sergeant), and Mick Burns (crocodile farmer and Darwin publican). Mr. Burns was not charged with any offenses.

12.30pm CareFlight helicopter arrives and airlifts pilot to Maningrida. He was then transferred by plane to Darwin. 

APRIL 19, 20,22 Air Transport Safety Bureau released their initial findings on the crash. The full report is expected to be available in the first quarter 2023. It shows that the helicopter’s engine stopped just before impacting the ground. The fuel bladders contained 250ml fuel, which were intact. However, the report suggests fuel could have leaked into nearby creeks as the fuel system was damaged during the crash. There were no other signs of mechanical failure, and there was no fire at the site. 

2022, AUGUST 25 Neil Mellon (father of three), 47, is taken into custody shortly after arriving at Darwin police station. His home is searched by police, who allegedly found illegal wildlife, fireworks, and firearms.

26 AUGUST 2022 Mellon was charged with 31 offenses, including trying to pervert justice and stealing or unlawfully accessing data. The charges include weapons, firearms and wildlife crimes, as well the destruction of evidence related to major crashes investigations.

Later the same day, his wife Sandi, also a serving NT police officer, posts accusations on Facebook, unrelated to the crash, about a former close female friend which were later deleted.

Mellon has since resigned as a police officer after 27 years of service. 

SEPTEMBER, 2022: Matt Wright, 43, is an Outback Wrangler and Father of Four. He moves from Darwin with Kaia, his wife, to the Gold Coast, Queensland 

2022, September 20, 2022 Michael Burbridge, the helicopter pilot and the first person to witness the tragedy, was charged in connection with the accident. He He is charged with destroying evidence, conspiring and attempting to pervert justice’s course and making a false statement.

NOVEMBER 28, 2022 Wright is issued an arrest warrant by the NT Police and told that he must present himself at Darwin Police Station within 48 hours in order to face at most six serious charges related to the crash. These charges relate to Wright’s actions prior and post-crash and include allegations that he altered evidence.

NOVEMBER 29: 2022 Wright, his wife Dusty and their baby daughter Dusty check in for the 8.15am flight between Sydney and Darwin. He He was charged with several offences related to the helicopter crash in the afternoon.

NOVEMBER 30: 2022 Wright is charged with seven counts of the crash and is denied bail. He will appear at Darwin Court until January 25, 2023. 

Wright was charged with trying to pervert justice’s course, destroying evidence, fabricating information, illegally entering buildings, unlawfully residing in a home, making false declarations, and interfering witness testimony during a criminal investigation.

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