Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

I'VE LOST FAITH IN THE SYSTEM Coroner Delivers Findings; Dead Cyclist's Brother Hits out at Authorities after Coroner Finds Court Case against Truck Driver Was Dropped Too Soon

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

I'VE LOST FAITH IN THE SYSTEM Coroner Delivers Findings; Dead Cyclist's Brother Hits out at Authorities after Coroner Finds Court Case against Truck Driver Was Dropped Too Soon

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CAROLYN BOOTH

JOURNALIST

carolyn.booth@news-mail.com.au

THE brother of a Bundaberg man killed in a crash at Avoca says he has no confidence in the judicial system after the coroner handed down a report into the death.

Coroner David O'Connell's finding's followed an inquest into the death of two Bundaberg cyclists, Dr Timothy Kepui in 2014 and Ian Jensen in June 2015.

Almost two years after his brother Ian was killed after being knocked of his bike by a council truck on Johnson St, Bruce Jensen said the findings raised significant issues, especially about why a charge of driving without due care against the drivers in both cases was dropped.

"THE police commenced proceedings against each driver for a charge of failing to drive with due care and attention," Mr O'Connell said..

"Neither charge were proceeded with as the police withdrew each charge before it proceeded very far through the court process.

"Why each charge did not proceed was of concern to me, as in my view there was a clear basis for each charge to continue through the court.

"I remain very concerned that the appropriate steps were not followed in relation to the withdrawal of the charges, particularity when the view of the investigating officer was that they should have proceeded.

"Perhaps there are good reasons for that but there was no particular explanation given to me.

"Perhaps the kindest way to put it is that the withdrawal of each charge appear to be rushed, and included irrelevant considerations, but the weight given to those irrelevant considerations I cannot determine."

Bruce, who campaigned to have an inquest into his brother's death, has continually asked why the charges were dropped.

"It's not good enough," he said.

"The public need to have confidence in the system, but how could they? …

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