Family call for inquest into Aboriginal woman’s death in police custody

Ms Dhu
Ms Dhu

published: 4 February 2015

The family of an Aboriginal woman who died last year in police custody in Western Australia are demanding an urgent inquest into the 22-year-old’s death.

Ms Dhu died in South Hedland in the Pilbara and her family said they had no idea what caused her death. Two other West Australian families are also desperate for inquests, two years after their family members died in custody.

Ms Dhu’s grandmother Carol Roe can see her granddaughter’s grave from her backyard but said she had no idea why her “baby” died. “It’s very upsetting,” Ms Roe said. “My granddaughter, she should be sitting at this table with me. It’s heartbreaking, no truth, no justice, no inquiries.”

The WA coroner has received the relevant police and health department reports into Ms Dhu’s death. A decision on an inquest date is now in the coroner’s hands.

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