Details Emerge From Decorated Career Of NT Police Officer On Murder Charge
Details of Zachary Rolfe's career and family have emerged after the 28-year-old was charged with murder.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove gave Rolfe a bravery award for rescuing two tourists during a flood in April this year.
Now, just over six months since receiving the award, Rolfe has been charged with the murder of indigenous teenager Kumanjayi Walker, 19, in Yuendumu, about 300km from Alice Springs.
Rolfe arrived back in his home town of Canberra on Friday morning after being released on bail on Wednesday.
Rolfe will face court on December 19, where he is expected to plead not guilty to the charge.
Rolfe's parents Richard and Debbie are well-known in Canberra. In fact, both of them have received Order of Australia medal.
Richard Rolfe sits on the Australia Day Council, runs the capital's Audi car dealership and sponsors the Canberra Raiders in the NRL.
Debbie Rolfe chairs the Canberra Hospital Foundation and is a partner at local law firm Maliganis Edwards Johnson.
Kumanjayi Walker died after he was shot in Yuendumu on Saturday. Rolfe and another officer went to arrest him for breaching a suspended sentence.
Police claim Walker lunged at Rolfe with a weapon, but Walker's family has disputed this.
The fatal shooting has sparked nationwide protests, with thousands of people flooding streets to demand justice for Walker.
More than 1000 people marched in Alice Springs, while Bourke Street in central Melbourne was shut down by protesters earlier this week.
Yuendumu Police station was covered with red handprints with protesters claiming NT Police have ' blood on their hands'.
Aboriginal Elders at the Alice Springs rally reminded the crowd that the demonstration was meant to be peaceful.
“Please, we come in peace. We want to know the truth. No more lies. That incident last week hit us like a rocket. We didn’t know what to do, we were shocked," Warlpiri elder Harry Jakamarra Nelson told the crowd.
“At this gathering, I’m telling you, once again, this is a peaceful rally.”
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