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The death of Kelvin Forrest, a 50 year old man with Down Syndrome, in July 2018 at Byron Bay Hospital will be investigated by the NSW Coroner.

According to an anonymous tip to The Echo at the time, it was alleged that Mr Forrest ‘had wandered through an open door and was found outside, suffering from hypothermia, at 5am, by a security guard. Forrest had been “specialised” a few days previously, meaning he was supposed to have one-on-one care.’

The Coroner’s Office have said that the main reports are now in, and they have sought assistance from the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office (CSO). They expect to hear from the CSO within the next six weeks as to whether or not they will assist the Coroner with the inquest.


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