Jai’s father Steve Drummond (right) carrying his son’s coffin at the funeral service in Mullumbimby.
Jai’s father Steve Drummond (right) carrying his son’s coffin at the funeral service in Mullumbimby. David Nielsen

Jai's dad launches hotline

THE father of Jai Morcom has launched his own investigation into his son’s death.

Steve Drummond has set up a ‘Truth 4 Jai’ hotline to gather information about what happened at Mullumbimby High School before his son died.

Jai, 15, died in the Gold Coast Hospital in August following a brawl in the school playground.

In a letter to local media Mr Drummond criticised the police response to his son’s death and called on the community to write to the NSW Coroner with their views on the investigation.

“Why have the police not acted swiftly to get to the truth?” Mr Drummond said.

“It has been soul destroying to see the way this incident has been dealt with on so manylevels, with little compassion or respect for anyone deeply affected by Jai’s death.

“There are persons responsible. They are not coming forward.”

Tweed-Byron crime manager Insp Greg Carey defended the police investigation as they continued to compile a report for the coroner.

He said every effort to identify and interview witnesses was being undertaken.

“We have conducted interviews with literally dozens of students, teachers and community members,” Insp Carey said.

“We have been in constant contact with Jai’s parents and the school community.

“My detectives have amassed an enormous amount of witness statements, and have spent literally hours and hours interviewing his teachers, friends and family, but we must be convinced there are no unanswered questions.”

As well as the hotline, Mr Drummond has also stuck posters up around Mullumbimby calling for people to come forward with information.

“There are still students and parents with information about Jai’s death who have not come forward,” he said.

“Please, I urge you to see the bigger picture. My son does not get a second chance.”

The Truth 4 Jai hotline number is 0468 966 912.

Mr Drummond said he would accept calls, texts or voicemail messages. He is also availableat Stephen-drummond44@hotmail.com

Police have urged anyone with information to contact detectives on 07 5536 0999, or tweeddets@police.nsw.gov.au or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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