Sixth hearing of LGBTIQ hate crimes Inquiry begins in Sydney

May 16, 2023

On 18 and 19 May 2023, Counsel Assisting will present, in public proceedings, 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.

Counsel Assisting will tender a comprehensive set of the evidentiary material relevant to each case and will make detailed submissions which will include recommendations as to the findings which the Commissioner should make as to the manner and cause of death in each case.

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

  1. William “Bill” Rooney
  2. Blair Wark
  3. Richard Slater
  4. Paul Rath

These public proceedings will be conducted over two days, commencing at 10am on18 May 2023 at the Chief Secretary’s Building, Level 2, 121 Macquarie Street, Sydney. The proceedings are 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 Meg O’Brien and William de Mars.

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

More information about these proceedings and all past hearings, including transcripts and videos, (external link) can be found on the Inquiry’s website.

Further individual cases will be the subject of public proceedings of this kind throughout May and June.

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