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Coroner refers Jai Wright’s death for potential criminal charges

MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday 30 January 2024

State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan has suspended the inquest into the death of Dunghutti teenager Jai Kalani Wright, and has referred the matter to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider whether a criminal charge should be laid. 

Jai died on 20 February 2022 after an unmarked police car collided with the trail bike he was riding in Eveleigh, inner Sydney. He was 16 years old. 

 

Quotes attributable to Lachlan Wright and Kylie Aloua, parents of Jai Wright: 

“Almost 2 years ago, we received a call, one of the calls that as a parent you never want to receive, about Jai having an accident. We rushed straight to the hospital and we were by our son's side as he passed away. Ever since then, we have been searching for the truth. We need to know the truth so that we can live our lives and move forward.  

“This referral has given us a lot of hope, we have faith that we will get justice for Jai.  

“I would just ask all our family and friends to let this process play out because negative comments could hurt future legal proceedings, and believe that at the end we will get our truth and get our justice.” 

 

Quotes attributable to Karly Warner, CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited: 

“The Aboriginal Legal Service is proud to stand alongside Jai Wright’s family and community. We share their immense grief and determination to ensure what happened to Jai never happens again. 

“Jai is one of at least 558 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have died in custody and police operations in a little over 30 years since the Royal Commission. Scrutiny and accountability are essential in stopping this national shame.”  

ENDS 

 

Media contacts:  

Alyssa Robinson   [email protected]   0427 346 017 

Bart Denaro   [email protected]   0427 950 312 

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As this matter has now been referred to the DPP, the ALS and our clients are unable to offer further commentary at this stage. 

 

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