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Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath

Statement From Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath

Victor P Taffa

After receiving a briefing from my Department, I have decided to direct the State Coroner to reopen the inquest into the death of Jeffrey Lawrence Brooks on 13 March 1996, under the Coroners Act 1958, Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said.

In 1998, a Coroner handed down an “open finding”, meaning that doubts remained about the exact circumstances of Mr. Brooks’ death.

“My decision to reopen the coronial inquiry is based on new credible and independent evidence that was not available during the 1998 inquest into Mr. Brooks’ death.”

This new evidence would not have come to light without the determination of Mr. Brooks’ parents and solid investigative journalism.


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