Teen's Death From Drug Overdose May End In Police Charges
The death of a Gold Coast teenager from a drug overdose in 2015 could lead to charges against police officers who attended the scene.
Coroner Terry Ryan delivered his findings at Southport Courthouse on Thursday into the death of 19-year-old Charlie Robertson at his Miami apartment in June 2015.
Mr Ryan found Mr Robertson's and said police had "acted inappropriately and incompetently" in their care for the young man.
Mr Robertson was unconscious in his bedroom when seven officers from the Gold Coast's Rapid Action Patrol raided the property, looking for one of his flatmates.
Despite being unable to wake Mr Robertson, the officers left without providing him with medical assistance despite the presence of paramedics at the property, the inquest heard.
The inquest found Mr Roberston would "very likely" have survived had he received treatment.
"I consider that the attending police officers who witnessed Charlie's condition acted inappropriately and incompetently with respect to his presentation," Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan added evidence given at the inquest that officers lifting a mattress the unconscious Mr Robertson was lying on was "inappropriate" while laughter heard from officers when Mr Robertson fell from the mattress reflected "very poorly" on the officers involved.
Mr Ryan said he will refer the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions, meaning the officers could be potentially be charged for their actions.
Charlie's father Graham Robertson told reporters outside court the inquest had shown his son would be "100 per cent alive today" had police acted "accordingly".
The inquest heard at the time of Mr Robertson's death, frontline officers had not been trained in recognising signs of drug overdose but that this training has since taken place.