• JC died in September 2019 following an encounter with WA Police in Geraldton, Western Australia. (AAP)Source: AAP
JC, a 29-year-old Yamatji woman, was fatally shot by a West Australian police officer at her home in 2019, leaving behind a young son.
By
Shahni Wellington

Source:
NITV News
30 Jul 2021 - 11:46 AM  UPDATED 30 Jul 2021 - 11:49 AM

The family and loved ones of a Yamatji woman will finally have their case heard in court, as a date is set for the murder trial of a WA policeman.

JC, whose name has been changed for cultural reasons, was fatally shot by police after they were called out to a "disturbance" in Geraldton, around 400km north of Perth. 

The first-class constable officer, whose name has been suppressed, was the first serving police officer to be charged with murder over an Aboriginal death in custody in almost 100 years. 

Legal representatives confirmed to Perth's Supreme Court on Thursday that the case was ready for trial in October.

The accused, who has pleaded not guilty, had their bail renewed until the first day of trial.

JC died in September 2019 from a gunshot wound to her stomach, sustained after her relatives had called triple-0 due to concerns for her welfare.

WA Police confirmed there were eight officers at the scene and some witnesses said JC had a knife at the time of the shooting. 

The family of the young woman and her supporters have questioned why the officer never used his taser.

WA Police confirmed there is CCTV vision of the shooting.

It comes as a trial is set for August 18 for the alleged murder of Kumanjayi Walker by a Northern Territory police officer.

Police allege the 19-year-old Warlpiri man was shot by a policeman while officers tried to take him into custody at his home in the remote community of Yuendumu.  

The police officer has also pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. 

The last time a WA police officer was charged over the death of an Aboriginal person was in 1983, when 16-year-old boy John Pat died in Roebourne.

All five officers were acquitted of manslaughter charges. 

Cop accused of murdering Aboriginal man to stand trial within weeks
Constable Zachary Rolfe, who shot and killed Warlpiri man Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu in 2019, will face trial on August 18 in Darwin.