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Kumanjayi Walker’s inquest: Zachary Rolfe discussed killing, former fiancee informs coroner| Australian police and policing

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Northern Territory police officer who shot and killed an Indigenous teenager spoke out about it before the incident. His former fiancee has spoken out at an inquest.

Claudia Campagnaro told police she wasn’t surprised Const Zachary Rolfe had shot dead Kumanjayi Walker during a bungled outback arrest.

Rolfe, a former officer in police, said that he used excessive force to arrest Indigenous offenders, and that senior officers covered it up.

Walker, aged 19, was killed on November 9, 2019, after Rolfe shot three times at him in Yuendumu north-west from Alice Springs.

After five weeks of engagement, Rolfe and Campagnaro were reportedly swept off their feet by Rolfe at his inquest into his murder on Friday.

However, she was very critical of him by the time they split up one year later.

“When we first met I thought he was very charming. He is so generous and kind. And by the end of it he was just the total opposite of what I thought he was,” she told the Northern Territory court on Friday. “The charm had well and truly fallen.”

Campagnaro told the coroner that during the time she was a police officer with Rolfe in Alice Springs, he confided that his goal was to join the Australian Defence Force’s Special Air Service regiment so he could “be paid to go out and shoot people”.

“It wasn’t until later on in the relationship that I started thinking those comments were vile,” she…



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