Aunty Sherry Tilberoo mendacity close to ‘river of vomit’ earlier than dying at Brisbane watch home, inquest instructed | Queensland


A girl who was detained with First Nations lady Shiralee Tilberoo noticed her mendacity beside a “river of vomit” and instructed officers to take her to hospital earlier than she died in a Queensland watch home, an inquest has heard.

The 49-year-old Birri Gubba lady – also called Aunty Sherry – died of a mind aneurysm within the Brisbane watch home within the early hours of the morning on 10 September 2020.

A joint inquest is analyzing Tilberoo’s dying and that of Vlasta Wylucki, who died within the Southport watch home in 2018.

Tamsyn White was within the cell subsequent to Tilberoo on 6 and seven September 2020.

She instructed the inquest on Friday that she didn’t see Tilberoo eat a single meal and heard her vomiting “consistently”.

“I simply bear in mind it was a bit of river of vomit from her mattress to the drain,” White instructed the inquest.

“I watched her refuse breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can’t bear in mind what number of meals I used to be on the watch home for, however I can’t bear in mind seeing her eat one.”

White had additionally been vomiting on the time, as she was pregnant and affected by morning illness.

When a feminine watch home officer requested if she want to go to the hospital, White stated she identified that Tilberoo wanted medical consideration.

“A feminine officer requested if I wanted to go to hospital … I stated, ‘why don’t you are taking [Tilberoo] to the hospital?’,” she instructed the inquest.

“She’s been throwing up all day … they usually supplied me a switch to the hospital for me vomiting as soon as.”

The inquest heard White expressed her frustrations and shock over how Tilberoo was handled in a now-deleted Fb submit.

“I bought out of the watch home … My pal picked me up and the very first thing I used to be speaking about was Aunty Sherry and the way tousled it was,” White instructed the inquest.

“I’ve been in watch homes [before] and I’ve by no means seen somebody so sick, somebody vomiting on the ground and [no one] doing something about it.”

The 21-year-old stated she first discovered Tilberoo had died when her pal despatched her a hyperlink to a information article.

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“I simply felt fairly sick … like why didn’t I do extra? Why didn’t I say one thing or buzz [the watch house officers]?”

White stated she felt uncomfortable talking out about Tilberoo’s situation on the time as she had courtroom issues pending and had additionally felt that officers have been “slack”.

“You’d be flat out to get a Panadol in there,” she stated.

“[The watch house officers] sit round and discuss, watch the footy on the TV, eat, warmth up meals – they don’t actually give any consideration. I do know I’m not at a resort they usually don’t must attend to me on a regular basis, however they don’t actually care.”

Watch home nurse John Gommersall instructed the inquest that he may “not recall” seeing Tilberoo vomit, however remembered she was fairly skinny. He stated she had been utilizing as much as $300 of heroin a day earlier than her arrest and was present process withdrawal.

Gommersall stated Tilberoo had declined to see a nurse for a number of days earlier than finally agreeing to see them on 9 September.

“We formulated the plan to deal with her opioid withdrawal signs. She stated she was having issues with swallowing and consuming and consuming. And we have been serving to that plan to be instigated,” he instructed the inquest.

The joint inquest continues on Monday.

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