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Archive for February, 2022
Murder-accused cop ‘wrong to go into room’

A police training expert says murder-accused Constable Zachary Rolfe should never have entered the room where he fatally shot Aboriginal teen Kumanjayi Walker. February 28, 2022 A murder-accused policeman should not have entered the dark room where he fatally shot an Aboriginal teenager during an outback arrest attempt, a jury has heard. Constable Zachary Rolfe, […]

Murder-accused NT cop’s Taser battery flat

Constable Zachary Rolfe’s Taser battery was flat, his trial for allegedly murdering Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker has heard. February 28, 2022 The Taser on the belt of a Northern Territory policeman on trial for murdering an Aboriginal teenager during an outback arrest attempt was flat, a jury has heard. Constable Zachary Rolfe, 30, has pleaded […]

Aboriginal teen a ‘low’ threat when shot

Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker was unlikely to have been a threat to murder-accused Constable Zachary Rolfe when he was fatally shot, a jury has heard. February 28, 2022 An Aboriginal teenager fatally shot by a Northern Territory policeman was unlikely to have been a threat to the constable when he pulled the trigger, a murder […]

Kumanjayi threat to cops ‘low’ in shooting

Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial has heard the Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker was unlikely to be a threat before the policeman fired his first shot. February 25, 2022 Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker was unlikely to have been a threat to murder-accused Constable Zachary Rolfe when the policeman fatally shot him, a jury had been told. […]

Kumanjayi relative queries assault rifle

When Kumanjayi Walker’s relatives questioned police over their assault rifle they were told the Aboriginal teen should not have threatened officers with an axe. February 25, 2022 As Northern Territory police armed with an assault rifle closed in on Kumanjayi Walker before fatally shooting him, they told a relative the Aboriginal teen should not have threatened […]

Kumanjayi relative warned about axe threat

A policeman present when Kumanjayi Walker was fatally shot told one of the Aboriginal teen’s relatives he should not have threatened officers with an axe. February 24, 2022 The policeman with Constable Zachary Rolfe when Kumanjayi Walker was fatally shot told an onlooker the Aboriginal teen should not have threatened officers with an axe. Remote […]

Relative warned, Kumanjayi axe incident

A policeman present when Kumanjayi Walker was fatally shot told one of the Aboriginal teen’s relatives he should not have threatened officers with an axe. February 24, 2022 The policeman with Constable Zachary Rolfe when Kumanjayi Walker was fatally shot told an onlooker the Aboriginal teen should not have threatened officers with an axe. Remote […]

No plan for murder-accused cop to ‘go in’

The elite Northern Territory police unit a murder-accused constable belonged to was not authorised to enter the home where Kumanjayi Walker was shot. February 24, 2022 A murder-accused constable’s elite Northern Territory police unit was not authorised to enter the home where an Aboriginal teenager was fatally shot. Constable Zachary Rolfe, 30, has pleaded not guilty […]

Murder-accused cop’s elite team part-time

The officer-in-charge of the elite Northern Territory police unit a murder-accused constable belonged to says it was used to cordon and contain offenders. February 24, 2022 The primary role of the elite Northern Territory police unit a murder-accused constable belonged to when he fatally shot an Aboriginal teenager was to cordon and contain offenders. Constable Zachary […]

Murder-accused NT cop’s partner testifies

A policeman with Constable Zachary Rolfe when Kumanjayi Walker was shot says he did not need to draw his pistol because the teen was not trying to stab him. February 23, 2022 A policeman with Constable Zachary Rolfe when Kumanjayi Walker was fatally shot says he did not need to draw his own gun. Rolfe, […]

Officer with Rolfe had Kumanjayi in ‘hold’

A policeman with Constable Zachary Rolfe when Kumanjayi Walker was shot had the Aboriginal teen in a headlock before he was fatally shot, a jury has been told. February 23, 2022 The policeman with Constable Zachary Rolfe had Kumanjayi Walker in a headlock moments before the Aboriginal teenager was fatally shot, a jury has been […]

Rolfe partner didn’t think teen was threat

A policeman with Constable Zachary Rolfe when Kumanjayi Walker was shot has told his murder trial he didn’t think the teen was dangerous before he was shot. February 23, 2022 Kumanjayi Walker was not considered dangerous in the moments before a murder-accused policeman fatally shot the Aboriginal teenager, a jury has heard. Constable Zachary Rolfe […]

‘Walker not dangerous’: Rolfe’s partner

Sergeant Adam Eberl has told Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial he did not consider Kumanjayi Walker dangerous moments before the teen was fatally shot. February 22, 2022 The police officer with Constable Zachary Rolfe when Kumanjayi Walker was fatally shot did not consider the Aboriginal teenager dangerous, a jury has been told. Rolfe has pleaded […]

Kumanjayi’s scissors wouldn’t have killed

A forensic expert has told Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial that Kumanjayi Walker’s scissors would not have killed the policeman. February 22, 2022 The scissors Kumanjayi Walker stabbed Constable Zachary Rolfe with could not have killed the policeman, a forensic pathologist has told a jury. Rolfe is accused of murder after shooting the Aboriginal teenager […]

NT cop’s first shot not fatal: pathologist

A forensic expert has told Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial that the first shot that hit Kumanjayi Walker would not have killed the Aboriginal teenager. February 22, 2022 Kumanjayi Walker would not have died from Constable Zachary Rolfe’s first shot, a forensic pathologist has told a jury. Rolfe shot the Aboriginal teenager three times during a […]

Kumanjayi may have survived shots in city

A military surgeon has told Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial that Kumanjayi Walker may have survived being shot three times if it had happened in a city. February 22, 2022 Kumanjayi Walker would have probably survived being shot three times by Constable Zachary Rolfe had it happened in a city, a court has been told. […]

Remoteness a factor in Kumanjayi’s death

A military surgeon has told Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial that Kumanjayi Walker was as good as dead the moment the policeman pulled the trigger. February 21, 2022 Kumanjayi Walker was as good as dead the moment the policeman accused of his murder pulled the trigger, a military surgeon has told a jury. Constable Zachary […]

Rolfe’s second shot killed Kumanjayi

A combat surgeon has told Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial the policeman’s second shot was likely to have killed Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker. February 21, 2022 Constable Zachary Rolfe’s second shot was likely to have killed Kumanjayi Walker, a combat surgeon has told his murder trial. The Aboriginal teenager died after Rolfe, 30, shot him […]

First shot wouldn’t have stopped Kumanjayi

A combat surgeon has told Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial that the policeman’s first shot would not have stopped Kumanjayi Walker wielding scissors. February 18, 2022 Constable Zachary Rolfe’s first shot was unlikely to have stopped Kumanjayi Walker wielding a pair of scissors, a combat surgeon has told his murder trial. The Aboriginal teenager died […]

Witness said Kumanjayi was ‘contained’

Policeman Anthony Hawkings told investigators that Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker was “contained” when Constable Zachary Rolfe allegedly murdered him. February 18, 2022 One of Constable Zachary Rolfe’s elite police team colleagues told investigators Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker was “contained” when he was allegedly murdered. The 19-year-old died after Rolfe, 30, shot him three times during […]

Rolfe’s second shot killed Kumanjayi

A combat surgeon has told Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial that the policeman’s second shot was likely to have killed Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker.  February 18, 2022 Constable Zachary Rolfe’s second shot was likely to have killed Kumanjayi Walker, a combat surgeon has told his murder trial. The Aboriginal teenager died after Rolfe, 30, shot […]

NT cop relives moment Kumanjayi shot

Northern Territory policeman Anthony Hawkings has relived the moment he watched Constable Zachary Rolfe allegedly murder Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker. February 18, 2022 One of Constable Zachary Rolfe’s elite police team colleagues has relived the moment his mate fatally shot Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker for a jury. The 19-year-old died after Rolfe, 30, shot him […]

Kumanjayi planned to surrender: top cop

Northern Territory assistant police commissioner Travis Wurst says Kumanjayi Walker planned to surrender and Constable Zach Rolfe was told to help local police. February 17, 2022 One of the Northern Territory’s highest ranking police officers has told Constable Zach Rolfe’s murder trial that Kumanjayi Walker planned to surrender. Assistant police commissioner Travis Wurst says he sent Rolfe […]

Kumanjayi’s mum takes stand at Rolfe trial

Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker was laughing with his mother in the minutes before Constable Zachary Rolfe fatally shot him, a jury has been told. February 17, 2022 Aboriginal teenager Kumanjayi Walker was laughing at a family photo with his mother in the minutes before Constable Zachary Rolfe fatally shot him, a court has heard. The 19-year-old […]

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