Coronial inquest finds no one to blame for David Dungay Jnr’s death

Policeman & Truncheonsource: Green Left Weekly
published: 22 November 2019

Deputy State Coroner Derek Lee found on November 22 that no one was to blame for the death of Dungatti man David Dungay Jnr, who died in the Long Bay Prison Hospital in 2015, and recommended no charges or sanctions against the prison officers involved in his death.

Cries of pain erupted as the findings were read out to a room packed with family and supporters. It took almost 4 years for the Coroners Court to deliver its findings. Dungay’s indefatigable mother Leetona, the Dungay family, activists from Fighting in Resistance Equally (FIRE) and Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA), and community members say justice has not been delivered.

Dungay was 26 years old when he died. In an attempted cell transfer, Dungay, a diabetic, refused to stop eating a packet of biscuits. As a result, six guards held him down, in a prone position, administering a sedative while nursing staff and four other guards looked on.

Dungay called out 12 times that he could not breathe and repeatedly begged for his life before losing consciousness.  Several minutes passed before basic support was attempted. Still, the guards only attempted two compressions. David had an irreversible cardiac arrest.

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