In­ves­ti­gat­ing a deep in­jus­tice

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - The Queen & Zak Grieve,

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 theaus­­ves­ti­ga­tions/the­queen-and-zak-grieve. 7.30pm, CI. Wed­nes­day,

Glenice Grieve in which de­buted as a six-part se­ries on The Aus­tralian on­line

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