Dungay family demand justice for death in custody

Members of the Dungay family demand justice, outside NSW Correctional Services, in Haymarket, Sydney, on December 22.
November 10, 2017

Members of the family of David Dungay, who was killed by prison officers in Long Bay jail almost two years ago, gathered outside the Coroners Court on November 8 to demand justice and that action be taken against those officers involved in his death.

Speaking to the media, David's mother Leetona said: "We want all the evidence to be made public on David's death. Corrective Services officers used extreme force against my son and took no action to save my son when he was dying."

"After two years, this process has taken too long. We are going to fight this to the end. My son has been cruelly taken away from us, and I am demanding that justice is finally done for him."

Paddy Gibson, from the Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA), said: "A very grave injustice has been done in the case of David Dungay. He was killed by Long Bay prison officers, and yet all these staff are still working.

"There needs to be an independent investigation immediately. The Australian justice system has completely failed Aboriginal people.

"The number of Aboriginal deaths in custody in this state is increasing in recent times. This is partly because more Aboriginal people are being held in prison under this [state] government.

"The families are demanding justice. We need to see some charges laid against those responsible".

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