Coroner hears of ‘social gathering’ at Zachary Rolfe’s house, two days after Kumanjayi Walker shooting

A “social gathering” at Zachary Rolfe’s house two days after the fatal shooting of Kumanjayi Walker was “wholly inappropriate” and had the “potential to contaminate” Constable Rolfe’s evidence, the coroner has heard. Key points: Police gathered at Constable Zachary Rolfe’s house days after the shooting Assistant Commissioner Travis Wurst said the use of racist language … Read more

Kumanjayi Walker inquest hears officer wouldn’t have called specialist team if she had known about racist texts

The officer in charge of the Yuendumu police station on the night Kumanjayi Walker died says she wouldn’t have allowed the unit Constable Zachary Rolfe was part of into the community if she had known any members of the team had exchanged racist texts.  Key points: Sergeant Julie Frost says she wouldn’t have called the response team … Read more

Alice Springs crime ‘crisis’ scaring off visitors, tourism body calls for NT government action

Tourists are opting to drive through Alice Springs instead of staying overnight because they fear for their safety, a Central Australian tourism body says. Key points: Tourism operators say tourists are avoiding staying in Alice Springs due to rising crime rates They’re urging the NT government to act immediately to reinforce law and order Alcohol-fuelled assault rates … Read more

NT police officer feared ‘cultural payback’ after Kumanjayi Walker shooting, coroner hears

A Northern Territory police officer in Yuendumu on the night Kumanjayi Walker died was “scared of a mob of community members potentially driving through the doors of the police station, storming the police station and going for firearms”, a coronial inquest has heard. Key points: The coroner heard the decision not to immediately inform Mr Walker’s … Read more

Kumanjayi Walker inquest hears officers thought drawing their guns would ‘escalate’ axe incident, before shooting death

Two police officers have revisited the so called “axe incident” that took place days before Kumanjayi Walker’s shooting death, telling the coroner they didn’t think the 19-year-old was a threat, even when he confronted them with a weapon during an attempted arrest.  Key points: Kumanjayi Walker brandished an axe at officers, three days before he died  Senior … Read more

Zachary Rolfe’s ‘blatantly racist’ and ‘disgraceful’ texts with colleagues read out at Kumanjayi Walker inquest

Text message exchanges between Constable Zachary Rolfe and several police colleagues have been described as “threatening”, “blatantly racist” and “homophobic” by a serving sergeant, as they were read out in the Northern Territory coroner’s court.  Key points: In one text, Constable Rolfe refers to Aboriginal people as “neanderthals” In another text, he describes “acting” on body worn video Ian … Read more

‘Racist’ texts to be examined and ex-fiancee to be called as witness, as coroner rules against Zachary Rolfe objection

The Northern Territory coroner has ruled messages downloaded from Constable Zachary Rolfe’s mobile phone, after he was arrested and charged with murder over the death of Kumanjayi Walker in 2019, could be “evidence of racism by Constable Rolfe” and his colleagues. Key points: Constable Rolfe’s ex-fiance is expected to be called as a witness “Disturbing” … Read more

‘Overtly racist’ and ‘disturbing’ Rolfe texts should be included in Kumanjayi Walker inquest, coroner hears

Eight-thousand pages of messages were downloaded from Constable Zachary Rolfe’s phone, including some that were “disturbing” and “disgraceful”, after he was arrested and charged with murder over the death of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker in 2019, the Northern Territory coroner has heard. Key points: Legal arguments over objections to some evidence continued for a second day … Read more

Remembering the Queen’s NT visits and how she brought hope to drought-stricken Central Australia

As the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, stepped onto the tarmac at Alice Springs airport in 1963, she looked around at what she had been told was Australia’s “dead heart”.  But, as she said in a speech that brought hope to hundreds who had suffered the ravages of a decade-long drought, that is not what she saw. She … Read more

NT Police considered further unrelated charges against Zachary Rolfe, days before shooting inquest

Days before the inquest into the death of Kumanjayi Walker began, Northern Territory Police considered referring Constable Zachary Rolfe to the Director of Public Prosecutions for allegedly perjuring himself during a 2019 court case, the coroner has heard. Key points: Constable Rolfe’s barrister told the coroner that police considered referring him to prosecutors last week … Read more