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Aboriginal death in custody ‘swept under carpet’

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Mourners at yesterday's funeral of Grafton Aboriginal man David Dungay Hill Jnr, who died in police custody, wearing matching memorial T-shirts. Photo Facebook
Mourners at yesterday’s funeral of Kempsey Aboriginal man David Dungay Hill Jnr, who died in police custody, wearing matching memorial T-shirts. Photo Facebook

The funeral of David Dungay-Hill Jr was held yesterday in South Kempsey.

Mr Hill died just before New Year’s Eve at Long Bay under suspicious circumstances. The family understood that he was due for parole in a matter of weeks.

A large funeral procession blocked local traffic for over 100 metres and police were required to direct vehicles.

In a statement, George Newhouse, the solicitor representing the Dungay-Hill family, accused Corrective Services NSW of ‘distracting from the real cause of death’.

‘The family are concerned that Corrective Services NSW may be sweeping their son’s death under the carpet by suggesting that there are no suspicious circumstances or that the death was linked to his medical condition.

‘The events of the day are the subject of a serious police/correctional investigation.

‘Serious questions must be asked of the NSW Department of Corrective Services about their treatment of Mr David Dungay-Hill Jr on that day,’ said Mr Newhouse.

Family members wore matching T-shirts commemorating Mr Hill. Flowers in red, black and yellow were carried by mourners.

Mr Hill’s coffin was decorated with a dot painting motif selected by the family.


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