Sat 25 Feb, 2006 09:59 pm
Anyone see this on Sunday? Really disturbing.
Just how colour blind is the judicial system in far north Queensland? In this special report, Ross Coulthart looks at troubling issues highlighted by two tragedies on the streets of Townsville. Both were hit and run killings where the victims were Aborigines and the drivers young white males. How these deaths were investigated and the way those responsible were then prosecuted and dealt with by the courts has outraged the families of Errol Wyles and Yasman Rae Sturt. The driver of the car that killed Yasman received a suspended prison sentence and a $750 fine. The youth who killed Errol served two-and-a-half months in jail then spent the rest of his 15-month term on a prison farm. Ross Coulthart presents strong evidence suggesting that Errol's death was racially motivated and amounted to homicide ...
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Mrs Hinge thinks that the police/prosecution watering down of charges against Hasenkamp was actually more motivated by someone 'on the inside' having a personal link to Hasenkamp as opposed to purely racism. We both agreed that the watering down would have been a lot harder if Errol Wyles had been white.
Mrs Hinge has a close, white, friend who lived in Townsville and said it was the most racist (ie anti-aboriginal) place she'd lived in - and she has spent years in Alice Springs.