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Palm Island custody death fallout timeline

AAP logoAAP 3/12/2016 By Rebekah Ison

DEATH IN CUSTODY OF CAMERON (MULRUNJI) DOOMADGEE:

November 19, 2004

- Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley arrests an intoxicated Cameron (Mulrunji) Doomadgee in Palm Island street about 10.30am

- Mulrunji dragged limp into watch-house cell where he is found dead about 11am after suffering ruptured liver and portal vein, four broken ribs

- Investigators including Hurley's colleague of nearly two years Sgt Darren Robinson flown to island about 2.20pm

- Sgt Hurley drives some from airport and later eats and drinks beer with members of team at his house

November 20

- Palm Islander Roy Bramwell, who was at station when Mulrunji arrived tells investigators he saw Sgt Hurley assault Mulrunji

- Police conduct several re-enactments including with Police Liaison Officer Lloyd Bengaroo. He says he didn't watch Hurley and Mulrunji after they entered station because he was "thinking, um, if I see something, I might get into trouble"

November 22

- Sgt Hurley leaves Island

- Community members meet about death for first time

November 26

- At a community meeting, Mayor Erykah Kyle reads out preliminary autopsy report, which finds Mulrunji's death caused by accidental fall

- Plumber Lex Wotton takes microphone and vows "things gunna burn"

- Riot erupts during which station and Sgt Hurley's house are set alight

- Community members yell threats and obscenities, police officers move from compound to Palm Island hospital before crowd disperses about 3pm

- Emergency declared

November 27

- Raids involving teams of SERT officers begin at 5am

- Children, women have large guns pointed at them by balaclava-clad officers

- Confusion reigns as riot suspects arrested, taken to Townsville to face court

September, 2006

- Deputy Coroner Christine Clements finds Sgt Hurley fatally assaulted Doomadgee, recommends Queensland DPP consider criminal charges

February, 2007

- Charges laid against Sgt Hurley after review of initial DPP decision

June 2007

- Sgt Hurley acquitted of Mulrunji's manslaughter after jury trial

November 2008

- Wotton sentenced to six years jail for his part in riot, serves 20 months and is released on condition he not talk to media or attend public meetings while on parole

February 2012

- Wotton's challenge to gag order while on parole rejected by High Court

September 2015

- Makeshift Federal Court hears evidence at Palm Island's school about police response after Mulrunji's death and then moves to Townsville

March 2016

- Officers give evidence about the riot and response in Townsville

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