Gold Coast police officers could potentially be charged after a Queensland Coroner found they acted “inappropriately and incompetently” after failing to seek medical help for a teenager who died from a drug overdose two years ago.
Charlie Robertson was found unconscious by officers from the Gold Coast’s Rapid Action Patrol at his Nobby Beach apartment on June 13, 2015.
It’s understood police were looking for Robertson’s housemate when they found the 19-year-old lying on his bed.
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Police admitted they tried to wake the excelling Bond University student up by tipping him off his bed, shining a torch in his eyes and pouring water on his face.
In Southport Court on Thursday, Coroner Terry Ryan told the inquest that Mr Roberston would “very likely” still be alive today if the officers had sought medical assistance.
“I consider that the attending police officers who witnessed Charlie’s condition acted inappropriately and incompetently with respect to his presentation,” Mr Ryan said.
Some of the officers have already been disciplined over the incident, however could face further action when the matter is referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions.