Tenth public hearing to focus on four more historic deaths

Jun 21, 2023

On 22 and 23 June 2023, Counsel Assisting will present, in public proceedings of the Inquiry, a further four documentary tender cases.

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

  1. Robert Malcolm
  2. William Allen
  3. James Meek
  4. Kenneth Brennan

All four deaths were previously considered by the NSW Police Force in Strike Force Parrabell.

Over two days, a comprehensive set of the evidentiary material relevant to each case 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 a recommendation as to the finding which the Commissioner should make as to the manner and cause of death.

These public proceedings will begin at 10am on Thursday 22 June 2023, at the Chief Secretary’s Building, Level 2, 121 Macquarie Street, Sydney. They are open to the public and will be livestreamed via a link (external link) on the Inquiry’s homepage.

The Honourable Justice John Sackar will preside at the hearing. Counsel Assisting the Inquiry will be Christine Melis, Rebecca McEwen and Claire Palmer.

Journalists wishing to cover the hearing should notify the Inquiry’s media team to ensure access to relevant information including written submissions and transcripts.

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

Further individual cases will continue to be the subject of public proceedings of this kind throughout June.

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