Returning: Cold Justice

True crime series, Cold Justice returns to NITV tonight, with journalist Allan Clarke investigating suspicious Indigenous deaths.

To introduce the new season, NITV will present a special feature length episode of the Mark Haines cold case. The episode will commence with Allan providing updated instalments on the case since the first season ended.

Presenter Allan Clarke said: “The families shared with us the most harrowing moments of their lives and today the grief is as raw as ever. Their trauma compounded by frustration with a justice system that has failed to deliver them closure. The question is does the justice system view Aboriginal victims differently?”

Cold Justice is a unique and thrilling Indigenous crime series – the first of its kind in Australia. The series is a raw and unfiltered look at the injustice Indigenous Australians face when it comes to unsolved deaths.

The award-winning first series investigated the 1988 death of Aboriginal teenager Mark Haines who was found dead on railway tracks in Tamworth, NSW.

Allan’s reporting on the unsolved death of Mark Haines lead to the Oxley LAC reopening their investigation into the case after 29 years. This year, on the 30th anniversary of Mark’s death, the NSW Police announced a $500,000 reward for any information that could solve the case.

Over four weeks, the second season of Cold Justice will investigate the unsolved deaths of Stephen Smith, Theresa Binge and Lois Roberts. The new season will give these Indigenous victims and their families a voice while holding the police and authorities to account of their investigations.

Season Two Episode One: Stephen Smith case

17-year-old Stephen Smith was the most popular boy in school when he was found dead on a remote stretch of train tracks between Quirindi and Werris Creek in 1995 after attending a party.

The family allege that a police officer at the time told the family to ‘get over it’ and rumours that someone placed him on the tracks to make it like suicide have long persisted.

Cold Justice meets Stephen’s family who are now hopeful that justice will be served after people hear their story.

9pm tonight on NITV.

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