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Mother recalls the moment she heard of son's shock death

AMIT Kumar promised his youngest daughter he would bring her home a rainbow fish the morning he kissed her goodbye before setting out on a Sunshine Coast fishing charter.

But his daughter would never get the fish her father promised.

That moment the young girl waved her father goodbye from the driveway would be the last time she would see him alive.

Mr Kumar, 34, died during the early hours of September 23, 2012, in a Mooloolaba car park after a citizen's arrest went terribly wrong.

It was alleged that Mr Kumar had moments earlier assaulted an Offshore Reef and Game Fishing employee after she refused to allow him to board the vessel after he had paid $190 for the trip.

The employee, who would not refund the money, believed Mr Kumar was the same person who months earlier had cancelled a booking at the last minute leaving the company out of pocket.

The employee's claim has never been proven.

A three-day coronial inquest into his death in Brisbane this week was played two distressing 000 calls in which Mr Kumar could be heard pleading with those who had pinned him to the ground to be let free because he could not breathe.

Amit Kumar
Amit Kumar

Mr Kumar's heartbroken mother, Anita Kumar, and his sister, Lindsay Kumar, and wife, Reshmi Kumar, have sat in the Brisbane Magistrates Court listening to individual accounts of what happened that tragic morning.

Anita Kumar, speaking exclusively on Thursday with APN Newsdesk, recalled the moment she learned her eldest son had been killed.

She said that moment would haunt her forever.

"I was preparing lunch when I got the phone call," she said.

"It was like a sledge hammer to the chest . . . time stopped still.

"It was the most devastating moment of my life and one which I will never forget."

Mrs Kumar said the three-day inquest had been extremely taxing on her and her family.

She said to listen to recordings hearing her son pleading for his life was haunting.

"We do not condone what he did earlier, but he was on the ground fighting to stay alive. He could not breathe and his captors ignored him," she said.

"I am grateful some of the people who have given evidence at the inquest have told the truth.

"I do not hate them (the people who performed the citizen's arrest), but I hate what they did."

Mrs Kumar, who moved her family to Australia from Fiji in 1989, said her eldest son Amit would always hold a special place in her heart.

She said he was a family man who loved fishing and she raised him to be a good Christian person.

"Amit was my favourite. He was my world," she said.

"I think about him every second of the day and will continue to do so until I am no longer on this earth.

"I would do anything to hold my son again and to tell him I love him. Maybe one day, not here, I will get that chance."

- APN NEWSDESK

Topics:  inquest


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