Outback Wrangler Matt Wright charged

Outback Wrangler Matt Wright charged

Outback Wrangler star Matt Wright has been committed to stand trial in the Northern Territory Supreme Court on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

ABC reports the charge is related to alleged events following a helicopter crash which killed co-star Chris “Willow” Wilson in 2022.

Both men starred in the National Geographic television series Outback Wrangler , which has also screened on 9GO!, and Netflix show Wild Croc Territory.

Mr Wright, 44, was not present at the time of the crash and has strenuously denied all allegations.

Helicopter pilot Michael Burbidge — who was employed by Wright’s company Helibrook — has pleaded guilty to a charge of destroying evidence.

He was not piloting the helicopter that crashed.

Charges against Mr Burbidge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, fabricating evidence and making a false declaration were withdrawn.

Former NT Police officer Neil Mellon has also been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, destroying evidence and making a false declaration in relation to alleged events following the crash.

Wright also faces a string of other charges, including fabricating and destroying evidence, which will be heard in the Darwin Local Court in June next year.

This week Mr Wilson’s widow, Danielle Wilson, filed a separate civil suit against Mr Wright’s company and Australia’s aviation safety regulator over the fatal chopper crash.