Doomadgee family receives death compensation


originally by: ABC News
20th May 2011

There are reports the family of a man who died in a Palm Island watch-house in 2004 has received $370,000 in compensation from the Queensland Government. Cameron Doomadgee, 36, died in police custody soon after being arrested by Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, with island residents off Townsville rioting after news of his death.

An autopsy showed Mr Doomadgee died from massive internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen. His liver was almost cleaved in two across his spine. The officer was later acquitted of manslaughter.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says Mr Doomadgee’s family is entitled to compensation. She says the details are confidential and will not be made public.

“That is not unusual. People who experience these sorts of crimes, whether there’s a conviction or not, are entitled under our laws and there’s no difference with this family,” she said.

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