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

Selesa Tafaifa died in jail with a spit hood over her head – now her family wants them outlawed

Salote Isa’ako had no idea spit hoods were used on prisoners until she saw footage of her mother’s final moments with one of them over her head. Key points: The Queensland Police Service will discontinue the use of spit hoods in the state’s watch houses That does not cover prisons where Queensland Corrective Services say … 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

Family grieve Josh Kerr, Aboriginal man who died in Port Phillip Prison, as coronial inquest begins

Donna Kerr is grieving her son, who died five weeks ago in Port Phillip Prison in Melbourne’s west. Key points: Josh Kerr died in a cell in the prison’s medical unit after reportedly setting fire to his mattress He was being treated for burns on his hands and possible smoke inhalation The coroner will examine the prison’s … 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

Experts cast doubt over Sydney fraudster Melissa Caddick’s foot amputation theory, inquest hears

An expert report suggests it’s unlikely accused Sydney fraudster Melissa Caddick amputated her own foot to stage her disappearance, an inquest has been told.  Key points: Ms Caddick allegedly stole more than $23 million from friends and family through a Ponzi scheme  Her foot washed up onshore three months after her disappearance  The court will … 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

Kumanjayi Walker’s family revisits ‘terrifying’ night he died as inquest begins in Alice Springs

In an emotional start to a three-month coronial inquest into the death of Kumanjayi Walker, the Northern Territory coroner heard first hand from members of the Warlpiri man’s family about the night he died, urging the court to hear their voices. Key points: Members of Mr Walker’s family addressed the court and called for urgent action The … Read more

Coronial inquest into death of Indigenous 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker begins in Alice Springs

Almost three years ago, two young men became household names in the worst possible way. Key points: Kumanjayi Walker was shot three times by Constable Zachary Rolfe in November 2019 Constable Rolfe was acquitted of murder after a five-week trial in March this year The coroner will spend the next three months examining the circumstances … Read more