Australia NT police officer Zachary Rolfe's lawyers request murder trial in Darwin

04:05  25 november  2020
04:05  25 november  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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A Northern Territory police officer accused of murdering an Indigenous teenager has been committed to stand trial in the territory’s supreme court. Birch said the trial would be held in Alice Springs but Rolfe ’ s lawyers could apply to move it to Darwin . The matter is scheduled to return to court next

Lawyers for Constable Zachary Rolfe , the police officer charged with murdering Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu, apply to Mr Rolfe appeared at the first hearing since he was charged, via video-link from Canberra, with his lawyers appearing in Darwin and a judge hearing the matter in Alice Springs.

a person posing for the camera: Constable Zachary Rolfe has been charged with murder. (ABC News: Grenville Turner) © Provided by ABC NEWS Constable Zachary Rolfe has been charged with murder. (ABC News: Grenville Turner)

The murder trial of Northern Territory police officer Zachary Rolfe will be held over five weeks from July next year, the Northern Territory Supreme Court has determined.

Constable Rolfe has been charged with one count of murder, after the death of Indigenous teenager Kumanjayi Walker last November in the remote community of Yuendumu, about 270 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this article contains an image of a person who has died. Permission has been granted by the subject's family to use the image.

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The Northern Territory police officer Zachary Rolfe followed his training “wholeheartedly” and acted “for a defensive purpose” when he shot dead the Yuendumu teenager Kumanjayi Walker, his lawyers have argued. At Rolfe ’ s committal hearing in Alice Springs on Friday, his barrister, David Edwardson

Police officer Zachary Rolfe will stand trial for murder in the NT Supreme Court after Kumanjayi Walker was Defence lawyers for Rolfe said the cop’ s actions were “justifiable defensive conduct”. Walker’ s cousin, Samara Brown, announced the news of the Supreme Court trial in video shared to

Constable Rolfe's defence lawyer, David Edwardson QC, made an application to the Supreme Court to have the trial held in Darwin.

The reasons for that request have been suppressed from publication, until the trial judge has made a decision.

Mr Edwardson said he had no issue with the publication of the fact the application had been made so there was "at least some transparency" in the court process.

Prosecutors indicated the Crown would oppose the application to have the matter moved.

A hearing will be held at the Supreme Court in Darwin on December 11 in front of Acting Justice Dean Mildren to determine where the trial will be held.

Constable Rolfe's defence team made a similar application when proceedings in the Alice Springs Local Court began last year. That application was rejected by Judge John Birch.

A link will be set up to the Alice Springs Supreme Court, to allow family members and the community to listen to next month's proceedings.

Constable Rolfe was committed to the higher court last month, after a three-day committal hearing in the Alice Springs Local Court.

Judge John Birch suppressed his reasons for committing Constable Rolfe to trial.

Constable Rolfe remains on bail in Canberra, where he is suspended from the NT Police force on pay.

The trial is currently listed for five weeks, beginning July 19 2021.

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