Jai's father suffers awaiting closure
STEVE DRUMMOND points to the empty space beside him as he says: “He's not there. What happened to him?”
Two weeks on from his 15-year-old son Jai Morcom's death, Mr Drummond is begging for answers.
“The underlying bottom line is my son is dead and I just require some closure,” he told The Northern Star.
“And I don't think it's too much for a father to ask really.”
Mr Drummond said he still doesn't know what happened in the Mullumbimby High School playground at recess on Friday, August 28.
But his son, who died in the Gold Coast Hospital the next day, suffered haemorrhaging in the brain and he wants to know why.
Police had told him this week that 46 people at the school had been interviewed, but Mr Drummond is pleading for anyone else with information to come forward.
“If anyone does have any information and they haven't come forward, please do,” he said.
“I've been hearing information about one or two people who saw it and who haven't come forward.
“Some people aren't going to come into that school and put their names down and do police statements because they're actually really scared doing that.
“But you couldn't understand the pain and the grief.
“The family needs some closure to get on with their lives.”
Mr Drummond said the results of an autopsy and subsequent tests may not be known for months, leaving him in emotional limbo.
“As a father ... it's very hard for me to deal day by day at the moment and I've got to just sit here and wait.”
Mr Drummond is also calling for legal assistance to help him deal with the fall-out from Jai's death.
Police said they had kept Jai's father well informed of the progress of their investigation.
“He's been kept up to date and the officer in charge has provided him with sufficient information,” Byron police Inspector Shane Diehm said.