Coroner denied access to Hillcrest files

October 11, 2023 10:29 am in by

A coronial inquest into the Hillcrest Primary School Tragedy has been denied access to Worksafe Tasmania documents on the case by the Supreme Court in Hobart.

Justice Gregory Geason has ruled releasing the information might jeopardise potential criminal action.

The deadline for charges to be brought expires on December 16 – the second anniversary of the tragedy which killed six children and seriously injured three others when a gust of wind blew an inflatable jumping castle into the air.

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The Department of Public Prosecutions is making no comment, other than to say the DPP is currently considering the matter.

The inquest has been on hold since February when Worksafe Tasmania took the legal action to not release certain files.

Justice Geason has said the documents should not be shared with the coroner until either the expiration of the prosecution limitation – or until after any criminal proceedings are concluded.

If charges are brought, it will only seems certain to further delay the process for grieving families looking for answers.


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