• A protest in Melbourne, in November 2019, calling for justice for Kumanjayi Walker. (AAP)Source: AAP
Senior Warlpiri Elders have questioned why the police officer charged with the 2019 murder of Yuendumu teenager Kumanjayi Walker still has bail, as a committal hearing in Alice Springs continues.
Rachael Hocking, Keira Jenkins

2 Sep 2020 - 5:07 PM  UPDATED 3 Sep 2020 - 3:37 PM

Yuendemu community members have called for the bail conditions for the Northern Territory police officer charged with the murder of Kumanjayi Walker to be revoked.

In a passionate speech on the lawns of Alice Springs Local Court, Senior Warlpiri man Ned Jampijinpa Hargraves asked if the same would be offered for yapa [Aboriginal person] charged with a similar crime.  

“Would he or she be with his mum and dad today? Think about that one. That’s not fair," he said.

“What we’re saying is we want his bail conditions to be revoked.”  

Constable Zachary Rolfe was charged with the alleged murder of Kumanjayi Walker after fatally shooting him at his home in Yuendumu - about 300km north-west of Alice Springs on November 9 last year. 

Judge John Birch made the decision to grant bail to Rolfe in November, just hours after he was charged with Mr Walker's murder.

Among the conditions of Rolfe’s bail, he must attend a police station once a week, surrender his passport so he can’t leave the country, and must not have contact with certain witnesses.

On the second day of Rolfe's committal hearing at Alice Springs Local Court - distressing footage from an officer’s bodycam during the arrest and fatal shooting of Kumanjayi Walker was shown.

The morning's proceedings also included cross-examinations of Constable Anthony Hawkings and James  Kirstenfeldt, who were deployed with Rolfe and one other member of the Immediate Response Team to arrest Mr Walker on the weekend of November 9.

The hearing is set to continue until Friday, with Judge Birch expected to make a decision on whether there is enough evidence to commit the case to the NT Supreme Court at a later date.

Yuendumu community renews calls for justice on eve of committal hearing
Almost ten months after he was fatally shot in a remote central desert community, Kumanjayi Walker's family will find out whether the police officer charged with murder will be put on trial in the Supreme Court.

Kumanjayi Walker committal hearing underway in Alice Springs
The long-awaited proceedings will continue for four days, with Judge John Birch to decide if there is enough evidence for the police officer to be committed to stand trial for murder in the Supreme Court.