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

Doomadgee inquest hears of more systemic issues, prejudice and a need for solutions

The families of three Indigenous women once again made the 1,000-kilometre trek from Doomadgee to Cairns this week in search of answers.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this article contains images and names of people who have died. In 2019 and 2020, Kaya, 17, Betty, 18 and Ms Sandy, 37, died from complications … Read more

Melissa Caddick inquest hears request by fraudster’s mother and brother to give evidence

The mother and brother of Sydney fraudster Melissa Caddick want to give evidence at an inquest into her suspected death because they feel their “voice isn’t being heard”, a court has been told. Key points: An inquest is examining when and where Ms Caddick died It heard from Detective Sergeant Steven Morgan and various experts … Read more

Melissa Caddick inquest hears of NSW Police ocean experiment idea using dead pigs wearing running shoes

Police investigating the disappearance of Sydney fraudster Melissa Caddick considered an experiment involving dead pigs fitted with tracking devices — and some wearing running shoes — being thrown into the ocean, an inquest has heard. Key points: An inquest is examining when and where Ms Caddick died It heard from Detective Sergeant Steven Morgan and various experts … Read more

Inquest into Gareth Dodunski’s death on Queensland mine site provides his parents ‘some answers’

The parents of a drill rig worker who was killed on a remote Queensland mining site are hopeful a coroner’s findings will bring an end to a nine-year battle for answers so they can start to properly grieve their son. Key points: Gareth Dodunski’s father said listening to evidence in the court had been “exhausting” The … Read more

Melissa Caddick inquest hears husband thought she would resurface for court date

Melissa Caddick’s husband told police he thought the accused fraudster might turn up at court a fortnight after she vanished, after using a “fat wad of cash” to pay for a budget hotel, an inquest has heard. Key points: An inquest hears police were unsure whether Anthony Koletti was being honest with them Mr Koletti … Read more

Melissa Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti gave ‘conflicting’ versions of events, inquest hears

The husband of alleged Sydney fraudster Melissa Caddick was considered by police to be evasive, vague and inconsistent in the days following her disappearance, an inquest has heard. Key points: Melissa Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti took 30 hours to report her missing in 2020 A detective told a coronial inquest today there was never any … Read more

Adelaide Hills woman did not receive appropriate care at Mount Barker hospital before her death, inquest hears

A pneumonia patient who needed intensive care was instead discharged from a Mount Barker hospital with a cannula still in her arm, the Coroners Court has heard. Key points: Sixty-year-old Lynne Fisher died in 2018 from sepsis due to pneumonia She was discharged from the Mount Barker hospital with a cannula still in her arm  … 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

Man living with Constance Watcho and her partner tells inquest he loaned her the bag her bones were found in

The family of a suspected murdered Brisbane woman whose remains were found in a bag say they “can’t live without knowing what happened to her” and an inquest has so far given them “no answers”. Key points: The week-long hearing ended yesterday, but more evidence could be heard The bag Ms Watcho’s bones were found … Read more