Guardian Australia and 2Ser launch podcast series ahead of coronial inquest into David Dungay

Guardian Australia has partnered with Sydney community radio station, 2Ser, to tell the story of David Dungay, a young Indigenous man who died in Long Bay jail several years ago.

‘Breathless’ tells the story of Dungay, who died after a disagreement over a packet of biscuits in 2015, which raised questions around use of medical restraint and tranquillisers in Australian prisons. He was three weeks away from release, after serving almost eight years in prison.

Breathless tells the story of David Dungay Jr

The podcast series has been developed by Lorena Allam, Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor, and Guardian Australia and 2ser’s podcast producer, Miles Martignoni, while 2Ser’s Taylor Fuller and Miles Herbert host the episodes.

Guardian Australia and 2Ser’s three-part podcast series comes ahead of the coronial inquest into his death, and is funded by the Balnaves Foundation through the Guardian Civic Journalism Trust.

Allam said Breathless wasn’t an “average true crime” podcast.

“Breathless is the compelling and raw story of an Aboriginal family grieving as they wait for answers to the question of how their youngest son, David died in jail just three weeks before he was due to be released, after a disagreement about a packet of biscuits. It’s also an investigation into the use of sedatives or ‘chemical restraint’ to subdue prisoners, and the risks in using one particularly controversial drug, midazolam,” Allam said.

“Guardian Australia will report on the coronial inquest, which begins today, and will bring you new episodes as the case unfolds.”

The podcast is available through The Guardian’s podcast section, Acast, Apple, Podcasts, Spotify and other services.


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