LISTEN: Chilling call for help from man killed at Mooloolaba

Amit Kumar
Amit Kumar

THE family of a man killed during a citizen's arrest that went terribly wrong on the Sunshine Coast are distraught no one has been made accountable for his death.

Amit Kumar, 34, died during the early hours of September 23, 2012, at Parklyn Pde, Mooloolaba from the combined effects of restraint, coronary artery atherosclerosis and obesity.

Mr Kumar was subsequently pinned to the ground while others attempted to contact police.

Kumar family spokeswoman Lindsay Keating talking to APN Newsdesk from Sydney, said the family were disappointed no one had been held accountable in light of the coroner's findings.

She said Amit's mother Anita Kumar was too distressed to speak about the coroner's findings and the whole process had been extremely hard on her.

"Everyone involved in this has just been given a free pass," she said.

"There has been no accountability and my brother is dead as a result of their actions."

Ms Keating said the coroner's recommendation that the dangers of positional asphyxia be incorporated into first aid courses across the state was bittersweet.

"I guess if it can save another person's life then it is a good initiative," she said.

"But irrespective, people have to be aware that when a person says they cannot breathe they might actually mean it."

A three-day inquest into Mr Kumar's death in Brisbane last month was played two chilling 000 calls where Mr Kumar could be clearly heard telling those who had him pinned to the ground that he could not breathe.


But his cries for help went ignored.

Coroner John Hutton, in handing down his findings on Wednesday, found that those who had restrained Mr Kumar did so legally, but their actions towards the end of the incident were unreasonable.

He said the force they used to continue to restrain Mr Kumar in the circumstances was excessive.


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