Individual cases again under spotlight at LGBTIQ hate crimes Inquiry

Mar 29, 2023

On 29 and 30 March 2023, Counsel Assisting will present, in the fourth set of public proceedings of the Inquiry, a further four documentary tenders in relation to individual cases.

Each of these four deaths was previously investigated by the NSW Police Force and then reviewed as part of Strike Force Parrabell.

The cases which will be the subject of these proceedings are:

  1. Gerald Cuthbert
  2. Samantha Raye
  3. Carl Stockton
  4. Mark Stewart

A comprehensive set of the evidentiary material relevant to these cases will be tendered, accompanied by written and oral submissions by Counsel Assisting. The material to be tendered will include:

  • documents relating to the circumstances of the death;
  • documents relating to previous investigations of that death, whether by the NSW Police Force or the Coroner;
  • documents relating to the nature and extent of the investigative and other steps which have been taken by this Inquiry in relation to that death, and the results and conclusions flowing from the completion of those steps;
  • any statement which a family member may choose to make to the Inquiry.

The submissions of Counsel Assisting will include recommendations as to the findings which the Commissioner should make as to the manner and cause of death in each case.

These public proceedings will commence at 10.30am on 29 March 2023 at the Chief Secretary’s Building, Level 2, 121 Macquarie Street, Sydney. The hearing is open to the public and will be livestreamed via the Inquiry’s website.

The Honourable Justice John Sackar will preside at the hearing. Counsel Assisting the Inquiry will be Christine Melis, William de Mars and Kathleen Heath.

Journalists wishing to cover the hearing should notify the Inquiry’s media team to ensure access to the media room and/or relevant information including schedules and transcripts.

Further individual cases will be the subject of public proceedings of this kind in the coming months. Notification of such proceedings will be provided on the website.

All inquiries regarding this hearing should be directed to [email protected].