Men accused over the death of Kumunjayi Pollard in February last year have been ordered to stand trial in the Supreme Court: six have been charged with murder, the seventh with being accessory after the fact. The men were looking at and seeming to follow what Magistrate John Birch had to tell them.
Kumunjayi Pollard was hunted “like a kangaroo”. This was among statements made by Lawrence Collin, one of the defendants accused over the death of Kumunjayi Pollard in February last year, during a record of interview with police. The hearing looking at whether he and his co-accused will be committed to stand trial has adjourned while Magistrate John Birch considers the records of interview made by most of the defendants and other documents of the prosecution’s brief against the accused. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
PHOTO above: The alleged crime scene north of the town. Photo courtesy ABC TV.
See story posted Day 4, April 3 for medical evidence which does not support account of burning to genital area.
Kumunjayi Pollard’s calvary may have included having his genitals burned. Medical evidence has not yet been given in this hearing into whether six men will stand trial for the murder of Kumunjayi Pollard, and a seventh for being accessory after the fact. But today an eyewitness, Petrina Andy, told the Alice Springs Magistrates Court through an interpreter that she had seen one of the men charged with his murder getting petrol and burning him on “the privacy part of the body”. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: Charles Creek in the stretch alongside Schwarz Crescent, one of the locations where Kumunjayi Pollard was assaulted, dying as a result.