NITV and BuzzFeed News’ collaboration, Cold Justice, is a cold case series with a twist. The three-part series is presented by NITV’s The Point host, former BuzzFeed News Indigenous Affairs Reporter and Walkley nominee, Allan Clarke, and looks into the injustice many Indigenous Australians face when it comes to unsolved homicides.
The first case investigated in the three-part series, is the 1988 death of Aboriginal teenager Mark Haines, who was found dead on railway tracks in Tamworth, NSW. Allan unearths new leads in the case, speaks with witnesses who have remained silent for 29-years and uncovers a murky underbelly operating in 1980s regional Australia full of racism and violence.
Allan’s reporting of the unsolved homicide of Mark Haines has seen Oxley LAC reopen their investigation of the case after 29 years.
NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman said “NITV delivers comprehensive Indigenous news that is trusted and respected by the community. We are proud to collaborate with BuzzFeed News and remain committed to investigating this unsolved crime.”
Cold Justice kicks off the special programming for NITV’s Justice Month, which is a month focussing on the recurring struggle for justice in Indigenous communities across the world.
Watch Cold Justice on NITV from Tuesday 30 May at 9.30pm
The episodes will also be available after broadcast via www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/
Season One, Episode One: Death (Tuesday, 30 May)
This chapter begins with the mysterious death of Mark Haines and the subsequent inquest and investigation that later took place.
Episode Two: Quest (Wednesday, 31 May)
Mark’s family’s struggle to search for answers is fraught by frustrations and despair with the law.
Episode Three: Hope (Thursday, 1 June)
New leads come forward, aided by the involvement of MP David Shoebridge, who is famous for working closely with the families of the Bowraville victims. Now, in 2017, the elite NSW State Crime Command, based in Sydney, are reviewing all investigations by the Oxley LAC into Mark's death over the past 29-years. If they find the investigations inadequate they'll take the case on.