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

Sydney news: Heavy rain on the way for the state could bring worse flooding

Here’s what you need to know this morning. Flooding in parts of NSW could worsen this week A low pressure trough that’s predicted to move across NSW over the coming days could worsen current flood events, the Bureau of Meteorology says. The trough that’s moving across from the west is set to bring widespread showers … 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

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

Man who killed woman in random attack may have been crying out for help, inquest hears

A request by an Adelaide prisoner with schizophrenia to move from a high-security jail to a mental health facility could have been a cry for help before he was released and killed an Adelaide mother, an inquest has heard. Key points: Jayden Lowah may have been ‘crying for help’ before killing a woman in 2018 Michelle … 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

Michelle Foster’s killer hospitalised for homicidal ideation day after release from jail, inquest hears

A man who killed an Adelaide woman in a random attack at a suburban shopping centre called an ambulance the day after he was released from prison because he would “probably kill someone,” a coronial inquest has heard.  Key points: Michelle Foster was killed outside Colonnades in October 2018  An inquest has heard her killer, Jayden Lowah … 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