Tristan Naudi Inquest reported widely on ABC

The Tristan Naudi inquest, in which Sebastian De Brennan appeared as counsel for Tristan's father, reported widely on ABC Radio National:

See ABC Background Briefing and podcast.

Key points

  • Small metal enclosures known as 'dog boxes' are fitted in 175 NSW police vehicles

  • Tristan Naudi was transported to hospital in one of the enclosures, after an ambulance did not arrive

  • A former triple-0 operator alleges some ambulance jobs were overridden, in a practice called "dirty downgrading"

Tristan Naudi wanted an ambulance, instead he was transported to hospital in a "dog box"

The dog box was where he spent some of his final moments before dying, handcuffed and bleeding, at Lismore Base Hospital on January 18, 2016.

Earlier that night, the 23-year-old and his friends had called triple-0 for help after he suffered an uncharacteristically violent reaction to MDMA.

The coronial inquest into Tristan's death has drawn attention to the unauthorised practice of some emergency control centre supervisors manually overriding requests for ambulances.

A whistleblower, formerly a NSW Ambulance triple-0 operator, has told Background Briefing she believes the practice still continues.

The inquest, completed last month, has also drawn attention to the use of the small metal prisoner-transport enclosure known colloquially by police as a "dog box".

© 2017 Sebastian De Brennan. Barrister at Law