Outback Wrangler star appears in court

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Outback Wrangler star Matt Wright has had his bail amended after being charged in relation to an alleged conspiracy surrounding the fatal chopper crash which claimed his mate’s life.

Matthew Nicholas Wright was supported by his legal team and a woman as he walked into Darwin Local Court flanked by a large press pack.

The 43-year-old reality television star faces seven charges in relation to the helicopter crash that claimed the life of his friend, Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson, the NT News reports.

The 34-year-old father and fellow Outback Wrangler star was killed during a crocodile egg collecting expedition along the King River in a remote area of West Arnhem Land.

Mr Wilson was dangling from a sling when the helicopter crashed on February 28.

Police have alleged Wright was part of a conspiracy to cover up evidence in relation to the fatal crash.

Outback Wrangler Matt Wright attends Darwin Local Court to answer charges relating to the death of his Outback Wrangler co-star Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson in February 2022. Picture: Glenn CampbellOutback Wrangler Matt Wright attends Darwin Local Court to answer charges relating to the death of his Outback Wrangler co-star Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson in February 2022. Picture: Glenn Campbell

Nine months after the crash, Wright was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, destroying evidence and fabricating evidence relating to the fatal chopper crash.

He was also charged with unlawfully entering a building, unlawfully entering a dwelling and making a false declaration.

Police also charged Wright with making threats or reprisals to interfere with witnesses involved in a criminal investigation.

His defence barrister told the court Wright was attempting to vary his bail, just over 12 hours after being released from Palmerston police station.

Prosecutor Victoria Engels said there were six bail amendments that would make his conditions more “onerous”.

Chris Wilson (left) and Matt Wright were co-stars on the Outback Wrangler TV show. Picture: InstagramChris Wilson (left) and Matt Wright were co-stars on the Outback Wrangler TV show. Picture: Instagram

This included payment of a security and a recognisance agreement.

Judge John Neill said the bail was granted.

It is understood his earlier bail conditions included bans on contacting certain people and instructed him to only reside at a particular address.

More than 20 reporters and camera operators waited outside the Darwin Local Court for two and a half hours waiting for the seven-minute hearing.

The hearing will continue on January 25, for a preliminary examination mention.

Remote Helicopters Australia director and chief pilot Michael Keith Burbidge and former Acting Senior Sergeant Neil Ryan Mellon have been charged over the chopper crash.

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The court was briefly interrupted by a woman who asked why two journalists were asked to move from their seats to make way for Wright and a female supporter.

This article originally appeared on NT News and was reproduced with permission

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