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A life of institutionalisation and death in custody: coronial findings due for Aboriginal man Kevin Bugmy


When: 9:30 am, Wednesday 6 July 2022

Where: Lidcombe Forensic Medicine and Coroners Court Complex

What: Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame is scheduled to deliver findings for the coronial inquest into the death of Kevin Bugmy at 9:30 am.

Roughly 30 minutes after court is adjourned, press statements will be delivered outside the court by Mr Bugmy’s sister, Ms Doreen Webster and Aboriginal Legal Service solicitor, Mr Jalal Razi.


Barkindji man Kevin Bugmy died in custody at Cessnock Correctional Centre on 13 April 2019, aged 57. Most of his life had been spent under the thumb of state institutions, from his childhood as a ward of the state to his adulthood in prison.

Mr Bugmy was failed by the child ‘protection’ policies that saw him stolen from his family, and later by the prison system that saw him constantly moved around, denied access to culturally safe healthcare, and unable to maintain a relationship with his kin.

A coronial inquest into Mr Bugmy’s death in custody took place in February. Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame will deliver findings on Wednesday 6 July. Mr Bugmy’s sister and next-of-kin, Doreen Webster, will speak outside the court alongside her legal representation, Jalal Razi from the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited.




Media contact: Alyssa Robinson - [email protected] 0427 346 017


Doreen Webster has granted permission for media outlets to publish the below photos (click to access in full resolution):

Doreen Webster holding a photo of her deceased brother, Kevin Bugmy.


Kevin Bugmy’s sister, Doreen Webster holding an artwork that he kept in his cell.

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