Police probe won't bring my daughter back: father
THE father of a Coolum woman killed by her brother-in-law two years ago says his family will draw nothing from an inquest announced into the police shooting of their killer.
Police will launch a major inquest later this year into five deaths which involved police firing their weapons.
Two of those occurred on the Sunshine Coast; the first in August 2013 when police intervened to shoot Anthony Young, who had killed his brother David and sister-in-law Louise Dekens at their Coolum-Yandina Rd home.
The second involved the shooting in November last year of Edward Wayne Logan, who became violent outside his son's Tewantin home while carrying a weapon.
Louise Dekens' father Anton Dekens said yesterday police couldn't have done any more.
"They handled the case with dignity and from what we know of what happened, police did all that they could in difficult circumstances," Mr Dekens said.
"We hope this will never happen to anyone else.
"No inquest is going to alter or make better what happened and more likely we won't read the report."
Mr Dekens said he understood there was a process to be followed but it would not change the outcome.
"It is not going to bring our daughter and son-in-law back or change our grand-daughter's loss of her parents," he said.
Mr Logan's brother Donald went to the Supreme Court last year, 11 days after he was shot, to successfully argue his body should be returned to New Zealand for a traditional Maori burial.
The usual practice grants control of the body to the surviving spouse.
"We've got closure now and we've got the result we wanted and we're taking him home," Donald's wife Jody told the Daily at the time.
As with the Dekens, the Logans held no malice towards the police officers involved.
Donald and Jody Logan carried with them to Australia the best wishes of the chairman of the Ngati Raukawa iwi in Otaki, NZ.
"On behalf of the whole tribe ... please pass on and register our prayers and goodwill to the officers involved," the chairman said in the letter.
Three other deaths in the same period, on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane's Inala and Kippa Ring will also form part of the inquest which has been welcomed by the Queensland Police Union.
Queensland Police Service has already run its own investigations into the incidents, which included a review of police training.