Jury fails to reach verdict in trial of prison officer who shot shackled Wiradjuri man dead

The jury in the murder trial of a New South Wales prison officer who shot a shackled Wiradjuri man dead has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict. Dwayne Johnstone, 43, had his hands and ankles in cuffs when ‘Officer A’ shot him dead outside Lismore Base Hospital on 15 March 2019.

At the beginning of the trial Crown prosecutor Ken McKay SC said Mr Johnstone was “posing no risk to any person at the time he was shot”. By the count kept by NSWCCL, there have been at least 502 indigenous deaths in custody since the end of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991.

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