An attorney for the parents of two children who died in police custody has called for a review of Queensland’s Police Integrity Commission’s investigation into the death of their son.
In an interview with News.co.uk, Sydney lawyer John Gossan said he was disappointed by the outcome of the review, which he said could take several years.
“I am extremely disappointed that we did not have a thorough and independent inquiry, which is what we need, to determine whether there is a case for compensation,” Mr Gossann said.
Mr Gossany’s statement comes days after Queensland Police Integrity Commissioner Stephen Tullis announced he would conduct a formal review of the case of the deaths of two of the children.
“We’ve got a very clear-cut case of child abuse and neglect,” Mr Tulli said in a statement.
“In this case, we believe that there’s a reasonable prospect that the actions of one person could have caused two of our children to die.”
As the Commissioner has said, he will be taking the position that we have the best interest of the child in mind and that the Commission has no evidence to support the allegation of child neglect.
“Mr Gassan said it was not a surprise the Commission had decided to take a fresh look at the case.”
This is what they’ve done for over 10 years,” he said.”
It’s not a new situation.
We’ve been in this position for over 20 years.
I think it’s time for the Commissioner to come back into the picture and do something about this.
“Mr Tullo said the case would be looked at “wholesomely” by the Queensland Police Commission and then it would be up to the Commission to make a recommendation.
Mr Tillson said the Commission was confident it had “robust evidence” to support its allegation.”
Given the fact that the children are alive and well and we are confident that they are in the care of the Queensland police, we are satisfied that they were in good health at the time of their death,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
Mr Kowalas was a 14-year-old boy who was reported missing from his family’s home in the Gold Coast on May 1, 2016.
His body was found on May 17.
The Gold Coast Coroner ruled the cause of death was hanging.
In a statement to the ABC, the coroner said: “The inquest has concluded that the cause and manner of death of the deceased was hanging by hanging.
There were no signs of struggle, strangulation or other signs of foul play.
“The coroner also noted that no evidence was found that the deceased had been in a struggle prior to his death.”
Mr Kowaas was found with two other young boys, both of whom were in the same house, and there were no other children present at the residence at the date of his death.
“The coroner said Mr Kowaaks death was “not a crime”.
In the statement, the Coroner said there was evidence of the boys “being restrained”.
The Commission has yet to determine how much money will be awarded to Mr Gassany and Mr Kowals parents, and it has yet, to comment on whether or not the coroner will seek to pursue any action against Mr Towals family.”
While we are reviewing the circumstances surrounding this matter, we will do our utmost to ensure that there is no harm to Mr Koweas family, and that justice is done to ensure this does not happen again,” Mr KOWALAS family’s lawyer Paul O’Connell said in the statement.
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