Home

No word on if, or when, Geraldton cop acquitted of JC’s murder will return to work

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Protesters rally in Geraldton after the acquittal verdict for the JC trial was delivered on Friday, October 22 2021.
Camera IconProtesters rally in Geraldton after the acquittal verdict for the JC trial was delivered on Friday, October 22 2021. Credit: Tamati Smith./Tamati Smith.

Police are remaining tight-lipped about the future career of a Geraldton officer who was last year found not guilty of murdering a Yamatji woman in 2019.

A Supreme Court jury in October acquitted the officer — who cannot be named — of the murder and manslaughter of 29-year-old Geraldton mother JC.

The decision was met with outrage in Perth and Geraldton, where protestors covered the local police station and courthouse in handprints.

After the trial, Police Commissioner Chris Dawson confirmed the man wanted to get back to work more than two years after he was stood down from operational duties in September 2019 duties.

But a WA Police spokesperson last month told the Geraldton Guardian there would be no further comment at this time as matters were ongoing.

####IDENTITY SUPPRESSED####
Police officer, Brent Wyndham. ###IDENTITY SUPRESSED###
Court case begins for the WA Police officer charged with Yamatji woman JC?s death.

***SUPPRESSION ORDERS ARE IN PLACE FOR THIS TRIAL PLEASE CONFIRM WITH LEGAL BEFORE USE OF IMAGES***

Picture : Ian Munro
The West Australian
08/10/21
Camera IconCredit: Ian Munro/The West Australian, Ian Munro

Mr Dawson said the first class constable would have to undergo an assessment before any concrete decisions were made on his future.

“We will work our way through an assessment, in terms of any re-training and how we can actually proceed the way through that,” he said.

It is not known where the officer would be stationed if he returned to work.

The man claimed he acted in self-defence when he shot JC in the stomach after she refused repeated demands from police to drop the 30cm bread knife and pair of scissors she was holding.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails