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

Barkly Mayor Jeffrey McLaughlin charged with drug offences

The Mayor of the Barkly region has been arrested over drug charges. Northern Territory Police say they stopped a car in Tennant Creek just after 10am yesterday and a 42-year-old driver allegedly returned a positive roadside test result for cannabis. Police then searched a nearby home and allegedly seized “a number of cannabis plants and material”. Jeffrey … Read more

Police officers from major centres lack ‘respect and responsibility’, Yuendumu shooting inquest hears

A senior Aboriginal community police officer has told the Northern Territory coroner that police from out of town are “rougher” than their bush-based counterparts and lack “respect and responsibility”. Key points: The Yuendumu Aboriginal community police officer told the inquest cultural awareness training for NT police officers was inadequate  Kumanjayi Walker’s grandfather says he felt “traumatised” … 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

Northern Territory police officer Neil Mellon charged with offences relating to a major crash investigation

A senior police officer in the Northern Territory has been charged with dozens of offences, including perverting the course of justice, in relation to a major crash investigation launched in February.  Key points: A senior NT police officer was arrested yesterday and a search warrant executed at his home Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Michael White says … Read more

Two NT Police officers charged, another arrested, over offences including allegedly unlawfully accessing data

Two Northern Territory police officers have been charged, and another arrested, over a range of offences in a single day, including one facing allegations of perverting the course of justice. Two of the men, a 47-year-old and a 46-year-old, are now under investigation by Crime Command, NT Police said in a statement.  The 47-year-old man was … Read more

Two people killed in fatal crash north of Tennant Creek in outback Northern Territory

Two people have died in a single vehicle rollover on the Stuart Highway near Tennant Creek and a third person has been taken to hospital. NT Police said they were first alerted to the incident 75 kilometres north of the town at around 6am. In a statement police said all three people in the car were adults … Read more

Father-of-six denied bail in Darwin after fight ends in the death of his brother in Jingili

A punch-up between brothers has ended in tragedy, with one dead and the other set to remain in custody for now, after being denied bail.  Key points: Peter Kinthari’s brother had flown in from the remote community of Wadeye before the pair became entangled in a fight Judge David Woodroffe described the matter as “simply … Read more

43-year-old employee charged with two counts of negligently causing serious harm over fatal tour bus crash

An employee of a tour bus company has been charged over a fatal road crash in Central Australia earlier this year, which killed a passenger and seriously injured several others. Key points: A 43-year-old man was charged on Wednesday with two counts of negligently causing serious harm The charges were in relation to a tour bus … Read more