$1.1m awarded to family of Aboriginal death in custody victim

ms dhu aboriginal death in custody compensation

The Western Australian government has awarded an ex-gratia payment to members of Ms Dhu’s family.

Ms Dhu died while in police custody in 2014. Her case which has been widely publicised brought about nation wide protests and inquiries into her death. One of the findings from the inquest recommended a custody notification service, which the state government has agreed to implement.

WATCH: The family of a young woman who died in horrific conditions while in police custody has been awarded $1.1 million in compensation. #TenNews

Posted by Ten Eyewitness News Perth on Wednesday, 20 September 2017


The announcement was made by WA’s attorney general John Quigley who made a point of saying that the payment does not extinguish the family’s right to seek further civil action. The payment also comes with an official apology on behalf of the government. In June it was announced that no further action would be taken against the officers involved with the mistreatment of Ms Dhu. Her family continues to seek justice in the form of criminal charges as no amount of money can bring Ms Dhu back.

If charges against the police officers were laid and convictions recorded it would be a national first for an Aboriginal death in custody case. It is hard to comprehend how there have been no convictions with over 340 Aboriginal deaths in custody since 1991, after the Royal Commission into deaths in custody report was released.





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