Inquest date set to investigate child's drowning

Nelani Koefer
Nelani Koefer Photo supplied

AN INQUEST into the death of then four-year-old Nelani Koefer was today scheduled to begin on Monday, December 7 at the Rockhampton courthouse.

A pre inquest conference was held to discuss the proceedings of the inquest that will investigate Nelani's death on November 23, 2008.

The child was swept to her death after a fabridam failure at a Blackwater dam.

Nelani's mother Amy Koefer participated in the conference via phone from the courthouse in Gladstone.

Coroner David O'Connell said he expected the inquest to run from two to three days.

He said the inquest would focus on a number of issues, in particular 10a: "What were the main reasons that the prosecution of Sunwater Limited regulatory offence took 4 years 11 months"; and 10b: "Could that prosecution process be rendered more efficient if a defendant was required to state, or plead, its defence so that the "real issues" are identified and progressed?"

Topics:  blackwater court dam editors picks inquest mackay rockhampton

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Region faces wild wind

DESTROYED: Half of the roof of the Moranbah home was ripped off from the 104km/h wind.

Moranbah residents say weather is worse than the cyclone.

Heroic rescue saves life

CLOSE CALL: Leslie Cruthers and Buddha at the spot the playful pup fell into the Nogoa River.

Kayakers rush to save dog walker clinging to riverbank.

National super star at age 13

Competing in Rotorua, New Zealand earlier this year.

Dingo local takes on international motocross competition.

Local Partners