A file image of students gathered outside Mullumbimby High School to remember Jai Morcom a year after he died in the playground in 2009.
A file image of students gathered outside Mullumbimby High School to remember Jai Morcom a year after he died in the playground in 2009.

Father's mission to find truth

JAI MORCOM'S father, Steve Drummond, continued to cross-examine witnesses at the inquest into his son's death yesterday, as he has done for the past three days.

While attempting to ‘get to the truth' of what happened to his son – answers that in some cases may not come – he appears to have successfully established that Jai was not a violent boy; he was popular; and that he showed no preliminary signs of a seizure before the fight.

But he has so far been unable to pinpoint who might have hit Jai and how often, or establish the degree to which Jai was involved in the fight.

Questions that might reflect poorly on the school or the investigation are being thoroughly scrutinised by counsel representing the Education Department, the Police Force and two students.

Without legal representation, his questioning is hamstrung by that and also by the scope of the inquest itself.

Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon stressed on day one the inquest's focus was solely about the ‘cause and circumstances of Jai's death'.

Mr Dillon said it was not a wide-ranging inquiry into the department, Mullumbimby High or student behaviour, nor was it designed to name and shame.

“At the end of the day I just hope some of these kids can come in and there can be some clarity and recollection of these events,” Mr Drummond said yesterday.

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