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“Say his name”: Terence Wheelock’s family call for independent inquiry

The family of Terence Wheelock, who died after being found unconscious in Garda custody in 2005, have called for an independent inquiry into his death. 

The Wheelock family and supporters of the Justice for Terence Wheelcok campaign marched from their local church in Seán McDermott Street to Dáíl Éireann yesterday.

They held posters and banners saying “16 years and still no answers” and “The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.”

The marchers chanted “Say his name: Terence” and “What do we want: Justice” as they marched through the city centre to the Dáil.

Twenty-year-old Terence was found unconscious in his cell at Store Street garda station in 2005 and died three months later on 16 September in hospital.

His family have never accepted the findings of the inquest into death which returned a verdict of suicide. They say that Terence sustained injuries in the station which they feel remain unexplained.

His brother Larry previously said that “Terence was a healthy, happy-go-lucky young man with no history of self-harm and for him to have committed suicide would have been entirely out of character”.

The Garda Ombudsman conducted an investigation into Terence Wheelock’s death and found there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation that Wheelock had been assaulted by gardaí during his arrest, and that there was no credible evidence that he was mistreated in any way during his detention.

The family say that his death should be the subject of an independent inquiry, and not one undertaken by the Gardai”.

Justice Minister Heather Humphreys  said in June this year that a further inquiry into Terence’s death was “not being considered at this time”

 

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