On the 12th September 2013 Mr Bradley Coolwell was 39 years old when he died in custody at the Logan Hospital QLD.

Bradley was a proud Mununjali Nations Man of Beaudesert region of QLD.

As a young man, Bradley had been in and out of jail on minor property offences.

In 1991, he was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder and spent much of the next 20 years in full-time residential, involuntary mental healthcare at “The Park” Mental Health facility in Brisbane QLD.

Bradley Coolwell Death in Custody Australia

Mr Coolwell was admitted to Logan Hospital with a chest infection by police.

Bradly was transferred to a secluded ward.

Ms  Coolwell’s  evidence  is  that  she  received  a  telephone  call  from  a  staff  member at Logan Hospital, in which she was told her brother Bradley Coolwell had died.

Every death in custody triggers a coronial inquest to examine the cause of death. This is a lengthy, complex legal process that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families struggle to understand.

The Coolwell Family have 5 direct Family members on the Black Deaths in Custody list.

  • Barbara Yarrie
  • Fay Yarrie
  • Bobby Yarrie
  • Bradley Coolwell
  • Shaun Coolwell


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