Direct Democracy proposal for Home Affairs, Security and Policing

Inquiry into custodial child deaths

Due to the recent disclosure of cover-ups of the miss-treatment of children by the state, the People's Administration proposes a public inquiry into all suspected cases of abuse of children held by the state over the last ten years.

This inquiry should be extended to cover all areas of state-controlled child welfare, not just incarceration. We believe that the state is directly responsible for multiple cases of man slaughter through direct physical, sexual and mental abuse and also of covering-up such incidences.

The People's Administration feels that it is highly unjust that relatives who endure the death of a child while in custody, then have to challenge state-sponsored obstruction and, the People's Administration believes that the state is complicit in obstructing justice in many many cases.

The People's Administration would like to highlight the case of Adam Rickwood - 14 years of age and in our opinion, murdered by the state:

Aged 12, Adam Rickwood always wanted to be a policeman. He dressed up as one for a youth group play, proudly wearing a sergeant's hat with its distinctive chequered band and a crisp white shirt with a black tie. Two years later he was found dead in a cell while in the care of people supposed to be looking after him – a victim of the very system he hoped would give him a career.

Alone in his stark cell, a three-and-a-half hour journey from his home and ­family, Adam hanged himself with his shoelaces only a few hours after he was given a bloody nose by a warden with a karate-style blow. It is illegal as a method of restraint and was therefore against the rules of the unit holding him - yet it happened.

An inquest ruled that 'unlawful force' by wardens ­directly contributed to Adam's suicide. The verdict is the climax of a six-year battle for justice by his mother Carol Pounder on behalf of her son who died in August 2004.

She expressed in an interview of how she aims to fight on and bring the wardens to court on assault charges. “I feel a bit nearer to getting justice for Adam and I can sleep a little sounder now,” she said. “But I will not give up my fight.”


Should the People's Administration install direct democracy, we propose to review all related practices and legislation.

More info: Inquest

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