13 November 2019
ALS EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES OVER YOUNG MAN'S DEATH IN CUSTODY
The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (‘ALS’) wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of a 20-year-old Aboriginal man who tragically fell to his death, whilst being escorted from Gosford Hospital to the Kariong Correctional Centre last week.
According to NSW Corrective Services, on Wednesday 6 November, the young man was being escorted by two officers when he fell approximately 10 metres from a wall, sustaining critical injuries.
The circumstances of his death will be closely scrutinised by a Coronial Inquiry.
Chief Executive Officer Karly Warner said the ALS had been in contact with the young man’s family to offer support.
“The family are devastated and wanting answers” said Ms Warner.
“Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and community at this terrible time”.
“To die whilst in custody is an absoute tragedy. Any death in custody tears at the heart of Aboriginal communities.”
“Too many Aboriginal people are being forced into the quicksand of the criminal justice system, with our mob vastly overrepresented in prisons across Australia.”
Ms Warner said the ALS is on standby to assist and support the young man’s family.