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Inquest to probe Wadeye riot shooting death

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  • Kirky aka Mrs Lyn Welsh-Kirk
    http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/01/2047599.htm?section=justin Inquest to probe Wadeye riot shooting death Posted 5 hours 13 minutes ago a.. Map: Wadeye
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2007

      Inquest to probe Wadeye riot shooting death

      Posted 5 hours 13 minutes ago

      A coronial inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man by a policeman in a remote Northern Territory Aboriginal community nearly five years ago.

      The eight-day inquest begins today in Wadeye, 250 kilometres south-west of Darwin.

      Robert Whittington was the acting sergeant at Wadeye in October 2002 when a riot broke out between two gangs.

      He was accused of shooting the 18-year-old, who was struggling over a gun with another man.

      Senior Constable Whittington was to stand trial for murder but it was downgraded to manslaughter and then a dangerous act causing death.

      But in September last year the case was quashed in the Supreme Court because of the time it had taken to lay the charges.

      As well as examining the events surrounding the 18-year-old's death, the inquest will look at issues such as police firearms training and the effect of quashing the charges against the officer.

      The opening address will be given in Wadeye today, with the remaining seven days to be held in Darwin.


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