What a stupid decision from the Coroner

A coroner has ruled that the death of a 10 year old was self inflicted and also ruled that no one can know the details of his report…in case other 10 year olds copy-cat.

What a load of  hooey…proving once again that coroners are really out of touch with reality. Show me a 10 year old that will sit and search the internet for ways to kill themselves…it is bullshit.

A coroner has ruled that a 10-year-old boy committed suicide, but has banned publication of any details in a bid to protect other youngsters from copy-cat deaths.

Gisborne schoolboy Patrick Brass died at remote Te Kumi sheep station on the East Cape in July 2012.

His uncle worked at the station and was out shearing when Patrick died, in front of his two cousins, aged 13 and 8.

The Herald cannot publish details of how Patrick died, or what happened in the moments beforehand.

An inquest was held into Patrick’s death and Coroner Christopher Devonport ruled it was the result of a self-inflicted injury.

He then prohibited the publication of his report, released to the Herald yesterday, under Section 71 of the Coroners Act 2006.

Section 71 states that the particulars of the death “other than the name, address and occupation of the person concerned, and the fact that a coroner has found the death to be self inflicted” cannot be published. Coroner Devonport’s ruling also means the Herald cannot publish why it is believed Patrick killed himself. 

What is more concerning is that this case has had extensive coverage and it appears now that the material facts as reported were false…either the media made it all up at the time or the coroner knows something we don’t…which I doubt.

Here are just three links to previous reporting of the incident.

Mum speaks after son’s tragic shooting  – NZ Herald

Father angry over shooting – NZ Herald

Police investigations continue into the circumstances of the shooting, but family have been told that Patrick and two cousins picked up a .270 gun while an uncle was shearing on an adjacent property.

Patrick’s father, Stacy Chandler, 36, said the trio had wandered up a riverbed in search of a wild animal. The boys had an argument over who should be carrying the gun and were pulling on it when it went off.

“How the hell does a 10-year-old boy end up with a rifle of that calibre? It’s a deer hunter’s rifle.”

He was concerned the gun may have been left unlocked.

“He was a responsible boy and he was from a well-respected family. He was brought up around hunting. That boy could shear a sheep, he could press a bale.” 

Boy’s shooting death preventable: police – Otago Daily Times

The coroner is dead wrong in this case, and indeed any case int he reporting of alleged suicide.

It is my firm belief that w need to be talking about these issues not hushing them up and covering them in secrecy. We can only start to deal with mental health issues when we are open about them. The legacy of silence hasn’t prevent one single death. It is high time the Coroners Act was re-visited and these provisions were removed.

If you or someone you know is at risk then seek help immediately.

• Youth services: (06) 3555 906

• Youthline: 0800 376 633

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• The Word

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• Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155

• CASPER Suicide Prevention

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.