Please observe: This story comprises reference to somebody who has died.
The household of an Aboriginal man who died in custody in 2015 gathered exterior of New South Wales’ Coroner’s Court on Friday to demand an finish to deaths in custody.
An inquest into the demise of Wonnarua man Danny Whitton was launched on February 22 and can proceed in Might.
Whitton’s sister Nikita Home addressed the media exterior of the courthouse on Friday.
“Our Danny Boy was a much-loved son, brother, father, nephew, cousin and uncle,” she mentioned.
“Nobody might ever overlook Danny.”
“It doesn’t matter who he met, he at all times left his mark on them. He was often known as the one with a cheeky mouth. He at all times had one thing good to say.”
Home described her brother as a person who had a deep love for his household.
“The most important factor he wished for his daughter and household was to not make the identical errors he did. He informed us to by no means quit in life, to at all times observe our desires and imagine in ourselves,” she mentioned.
“He was a person who cared deeply about his household.”
Whitton handed away at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney after an unintended overdose which led to organ failure. He handed away on November 9, 2015 at simply 25-years-old.
“On daily basis since then, we’ve handled a lot ache and so many unanswered questions,” mentioned Home.
The household famous the inquiry has helped them higher perceive the circumstances round Whitton’s demise.
“This week has helped to reply a couple of of these questions and fill in some blanks for our household,” mentioned Home.
“It has been useful to grasp extra about what occurred to Danny, however it’s brought on anger and unhappiness too.
“We’ve got realized that a lot extra care might have been provided to our Danny boy whereas he was in jail. He had the proper to healthcare, identical to each single individual in custody.
“If that care had been given to Danny, we imagine our boy would nonetheless be right here with us in the present day.”
On behalf of her household Home thanked the inmates that gave statements in the course of the week of inquiry, together with the Aboriginal Authorized Service and others.
“My brother Danny handed away a lot too younger,” she mentioned.
“5 years later, our household nonetheless feels his loss each day. We don’t wish to see yet another household should undergo this. Let’s honour Danny’s reminiscence and ensure this by no means occurs once more.
“No extra deaths in custody.”
The inquest is ready to proceed on Might 24.
By Rachael Knowles