Investigating a deep injustice
The Queen & Zak Grieve, Fans of true crime have been spoiled for choice in recent times. The Serial podcasts and TV series such as Making a Murderer and The Keepers have entered the global zeitgest in a way that traditional crime fare — with its cheesy re-enactments and ominous music — never did.
Up there with the best of the contemporary genre is The Queen & Zak Grieve, a 90-minute documentary that recently had its debut as a sixpart series on The Australian’s website, and which now comes to Foxtel.
Our erstwhile colleague Dan Box examines the story of Zak Grieve, a young indigenous man from Katherine in the Northern Territory who was convicted of the 2011 murder of Ray Niceforo, and as a result of mandatory sentencing laws, faces a life in prison.
This is despite evidence he was not present when the crime took place, with the judge himself describing the result as an “injustice”.
Box interviews friends, family and many of the people involved — including the presiding judge — as well as presenting crime-scene footage, forensic photographs, trial recordings and police interviews with suspects.
Recently, as reported in this paper, a mercy plea was received by the Territory AttorneyGeneral from Grieve’s mother, though the process of considering it is expected to take months, if not years.
It is a compelling story of the often elusive nature of justice for those at society’s margins. Of course it is still available to watch online, accompanied by related stories, extended interviews and copious materials at theaustralian.com.au/news/investigations/thequeen-and-zak-grieve. 7.30pm, CI. Wednesday,
Glenice Grieve in which debuted as a six-part series on The Australian online