Grieving family want justice after ‘inquest delays’
GRAHAM Robertson says a delay in the delivery of inquest findings into his son Charlie's death is stopping the family moving on and getting justice for their boy.
Charlie Robertson was a healthy, bright, 19-year-old boy and had been awarded the Bond University first in class award.
He died in his Miami apartment on June 13, 2015 from an overdose of the drug fantasy.
Charlie's father and mother, Rose, do not believe he willingly took the drug but had a non-alcoholic drink spiked.
Mr Robertson is clearly a changed man since losing his only son.
"I have better days and bad days. I don't have any good days. I sedate myself with medications prescribed by my doctor," he told the Gold Coast Bulletin through tears.
"We were all a happy family before this. Now we are really broken. Myself, Rose and Charlie's sister Sophie are not who we once were.
"We are grieving daily and it's making it really hard, the not knowing when the findings will be handed down."
In March, a five-day inquest was held into Charlie's death at the Southport Courthouse.
The inquest heard seven Rapid Action Patrol police officers raided the 19-year-old's apartment looking for one of his flatmates.
During the search, they tried to wake Charlie through several methods but were unsuccessful.
Police left Charlie in his pyjamas in bed, before leaving the apartment without calling triple-0.
They were called back later by one of his flatmates, who found the 19-year-old dead, the inquest was told.
Seven police officers were demoted after an Ethical Standards Command investigation and gave evidence at the inquest in March.
During the inquest, barrister for the Robertson family, Philip Beale, put to the officers they colluded with each other to fabricate a story about the 19-year-old's death, saying they believed he was drunk.
Mr Robertson said the family had since September been trying to get in touch with the coroner's office about a time estimate for the findings delivery but had received no reply.
"We have been pushing to get information on when (the coroner) might come back to give our family some understanding of the circumstances and how it never should have happened," he said.
"All we want is to get justice for our son and tell his story and we can't do that without the findings."
A spokesman for the Coroner's Court of Queensland said the matter was "still adjourned for a date to be fixed at this stage".
"There is no set time frame for the handing down of findings," a spokesman said.
"There a number of factors that determine the timing, including the volume of material to consider and the complexity of the matter."
The spokesman said no correspondence from the family or the lawyers acting on their behalf had been received about a findings delivery date.
Charlie's family insist their solicitors have made attempts to contact the office several times.