‘Racist’ texts to be examined and ex-fiancee to be known as as witness, as coroner guidelines towards Zachary Rolfe objection


The Northern Territory coroner has dominated messages downloaded from Constable Zachary Rolfe’s cell phone, after he was arrested and charged with homicide over the dying of Kumanjayi Walker in 2019, may very well be “proof of racism by Constable Rolfe” and his colleagues.

She additionally determined Constable Rolfe’s ex-fiancee, who gave three statements to police about his conduct on the job, must be known as to provide proof.

Coroner Elisabeth Armitage was requested to resolve whether or not the 2 areas of proof may very well be known as on the coronial inquiry into the dying of Kumanjayi Walker, after legal professionals for Constable Rolfe launched an objection to the broad scope of the inquest.

The coronial inquest is presently underway in Alice Springs and comes six months after Constable Rolfe was discovered not responsible of any offence in relation to Mr Walker’s dying.

Kumanjayi Walker was fatally shot by Constable Rolfe in Yuendumu in 2019.(Provided)

Ex-fiancee’s claims aired in courtroom for the primary time

The courtroom heard Constable Rolfe’s ex-fiancee Claudia Campagnaro, who was additionally an Alice Springs-based police officer, gave three statements to Northern Territory Police, describing conversations she had with him about body-worn footage and use of pressure.

In deciding her proof was related to the inquest, Ms Armitage referred to sections of Ms Campagnaro’s statements, in one in all which she advised police:

“[Zachary Rolfe] would simply off-the-cuff say phrases to the impact of, ‘If I shot somebody, I might go on a six-month vacation’.”

Zachary Rolfe walking out of a court with a group of supporters, as one pats him on the back.
Constable Rolfe was discovered not responsible of all prices regarding the taking pictures.(ABC Information: Michael Franchi)

Ms Armitage dominated some features of Ms Campagnaro’s proof “may be mentioned to recommend an over-preparedness on the a part of Constable Rolfe to attract and/or use a firearm.”

“Zak has beforehand spoken about moving into the SAS and mentioned to me, ‘I like being a soldier, it was good cash and so they might exit and kill individuals’… He mentioned this to me just a few occasions,” Ms Campagnaro’s assertion learn.

Constable Rolfe’s legal professionals argued Ms Campagnaro’s proof was “not logically probative of any difficulty” related to the coroner and shouldn’t be known as throughout the inquiry.

A First Nations woman speaks while journalists hold microphones, with the NT Supreme Court in the background.
Mr Walker’s household is looking for solutions round his dying.(ABC Information: Michael Franchi)


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