NT cop charged with murder granted bail

The Northern Territory policeman charged with the murder a 19-year-old indigenous man has been granted bail.

28-year-old Constable Zachary Rolfe and another went to the home of Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu, around 300 kilometres west of Alice Springs, on Saturday night to arrest him over breaches to a suspended sentence.

Rolfe allegedly fired three shots at Walker, which tragically resulted in the 19-year-old’s death.


It’s understood he was then taken to the local police station, because the medical staff at Yuendumu Health Centre had evacuated due to safety concerns earlier that day.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service also delayed their response as well, due to safety concerns.

Walker’s family and the local community were not told about the death until the morning after he was shot.

Medical staff from the neighbouring community of Yuelamu assisted in pronouncing Mr Walker dead.

A few of the staff were then allegedly injured in community unrest, and had to be treated for minor injuries in Alice Springs.

NT Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Michael White has since said that Walker lunged at an officer and stabbed him with a weapon and a struggle broke out before the shooting took place, though Walker’s family say that’s not what happened.

NT police internal investigators have since been looking over the officers’ body-worn cameras.

Last night, the 28-year-old officer was charged with murder. He fronted court this morning where he was granted bail, and suspended with pay.

He’s due to front Alice Springs court again on December 19.

Rallies have been conducted around the country yesterday, in Alice Springs, Darwin, Melbourne and Adelaide, calling for ‘Justice for Walker’.