WHEN: Friday 26 February, 9:00 am
WHERE: Coroner’s Court of NSW, 1A Main Ave, Lidcombe
DETAILS: Danny Whitton’s sister, Nikita House, will read a statement on behalf of the family. Steven Rees, Solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT, will speak about the ongoing prevalence of Aboriginal deaths in custody.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alyssa Robinson – [email protected] / 0427 346 017
The family of Danny Whitton are honouring the memory of the 25-year-old Aboriginal man as a doting father and talented rugby player, as a coronial inquest investigates his death in custody.
Danny passed away in 2015 after falling ill from an apparent accidental drug overdose in Junee Correctional Centre.
The inquest began on Monday. It is exploring issues including how Danny accessed the drugs; why emergency medical care was delayed; and serious deficiencies in how correctional staff communicate with families.
Danny Whitton is one of more than 440 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission’s final report is coming up in April.
A previous media release on this inquest (from Monday 22 February 2021) can be found here: https://www.alsnswact.org.au/danny_whitton_death_in_custody
Danny Whitton’s family have given permission for media to publish the below photo: