• The trial of NT police officer Zachary Rolfe has been delayed due to COVID-19 (Supplied. )Source: Supplied.
A judge has adjourned the trial for the police officer accused of murdering Warlpiri man Kumanjayi Walker to a date to be fixed.
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AAP-NITV
22 Jul 2021 - 1:17 PM  UPDATED 22 Jul 2021 - 1:17 PM

A Northern Territory policeman's long-awaited trial for allegedly murdering an Aboriginal man during an outback arrest has been rescheduled due to COVID-19.

Constable Zachary Rolfe, 29, is accused of murdering Kumanjayi Walker, 19, who was shot three times during an arrest in the remote community of Yuendumu in November 2019.

He was due to stand trial in the NT Supreme Court on Monday but much of the Crown's interstate prosecution team cannot get into the territory without quarantining for a fortnight.

They're in NSW where 124 new local Delta variant cases were recorded on Thursday and a lockdown in Greater Sydney continues.

Acting Justice Dean Mildren made an order on Thursday adjourning the trial to a future date when the outbreak is contained.

"This is because prosecuting counsel has been affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions and are presently unable to make their way to Darwin," a court spokesman said.

The trial was expected to run for four weeks in Darwin.

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