Ms Dhu coroner reopens application to release CCTV footage

‘The family has been requesting this and we hope now that the coroner will see fit to release it,’ Aboriginal legal service CEO says

The Western Australian coroner has reopened an application to release CCTV footage filmed before the death in custody of the Indigenous woman Ms Dhu, after a lengthy campaign by her family.

Dhu, a 22-year-old Yamatji woman, died in the custody of police at Port Hedland, 1,500km north of Perth, on 4 August 2014, less than 48 hours after being arrested for unpaid fines.

The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia, which represented Dhu’s family at the coronial inquest into her death, applied to the coroner Ros Fogliani last month to reconsider her earlier decision not to release the footage.

On Tuesday the matter was listed for hearing at the Perth magistrates court on 28 September.