It is well over five years since Mulrunji Doomagee died in police custody on Palm Island, his ribs broken and his liver nearly sliced in two. Previous coronial inquests and trials have wound a tortuous path, with various assertions about the cause of death ranging from the consequences of a “complicated fall” to suggestions Mulrunji’s injuries were inflicted by a more direct methods.
Despite past coroner’s investigations, a trial, a CMC Inquiry into the inadequacies of the police investigation (report still to be released) and ongoing legal action, many issues remain unresolved – and now a new coronial inquest is getting underway on Palm Island.
Monique Bond has published some detailed background notes on the history of the case and her observations from attending parts of the 2006 inquest. These notes can be found at this link. I know Monique from her involvement in the Queensland branch of ANTaR – Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation. She has a very strong commitment to justice for Indigenous Australians.
Monique is also attending the latest inquest and is planning to post her impressions of proceedings at a blog she has set up for this purpose. Her blog is at this link, where you will be able to follow her impressions as the inquest unfolds.
You can read the various posts I have written in the past about Palm Island at this link.