Police officer who shot dead Indigenous woman on WA street found not guilty of murder

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A constabulary serviceman who changeable dormant an Indigenous pistillate carrying a weapon connected a suburban West Australian thoroughfare has been acquitted of her murder.

The first-class constable faced a three-week proceedings successful the WA ultimate tribunal implicit the September 2019 sidesplitting of the 29-year-old woman, known arsenic JC for taste reasons, successful the state’s Mid West.

After deliberating for 3 hours connected Friday, the assemblage recovered the officer, who cannot beryllium named for ineligible reasons, not blameworthy of JC’s murder.

The assemblage besides returned a not blameworthy verdict to the lesser complaint of manslaughter.

Jurors were told during the proceedings the Indigenous pistillate had been trying to get location to her foster parent and young lad astatine the time.

JC, a parent of one, had experienced intelligence wellness and cause problems and had precocious been released from situation earlier she was changeable dead.

The constable connected proceedings was 1 of 8 constabulary officers who had swarmed a suburban thoroughfare successful Geraldton wherever JC was seen carrying a ample weapon and a brace of scissors.

Confronting CCTV footage of the shooting was shown to the assemblage astatine the commencement of the trial.

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