AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION - NEWS ONLINE
28 AUG 2001
Northern Territory, Darwin Australia
A team of United States and British forensic experts has given
a report to the Australian Government which suggests an
Aboriginal man found by a Royal Commission to have committed
suicide in a Northern Territory jail was murdered.
Douglas Bruce Scott, 26, was found hanging in his cell in July
A coroner and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in
Custody ruled that he had committed suicide.
He was on remand on an obscene language charge.
Chris Nyst, the lawyer representing Mr Scott's family, has
applied to the Queensland Attorney-General to have Mr Scott's
body exhumed from its burial site in that state, for DNA tests.
"If the preliminary findings of the forensic scientists
are borne out then it is a quite sensational development,"
"Certainly if those findings are confirmed by the
investigation of the remains then we would be suggesting it would
be appropriate that this matter be looked at least at a Royal
Mr Scott's widow Letty has welcomed the latest development,
saying the truth about her husband's death may finally be
"We're overjoyed with the developments because we've been
praying and fighting for 16 years now," she said.
Posted on 2002-01-24