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'A mother should never see her children buried': Mum's anguish over Dreamworld tragedy

23 October 2017 8:26 PM
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The mother of two people killed in the Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy has broken her silence, saying no parent should have to bury their child.

Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi, along with Sydney woman Cindy Low, died on October 25, 2016, when the ride flipped in front of terrified onlookers at the Gold Coast theme park.

Mother Kim Dorsett has described how the past 12 months have had a series of "firsts" since the devastating deaths.

"We have faced many firsts this past year without them – Christmas, birthdays and, of course, Mother’s Day," she wrote to the Courier Mail.

Ms Dorsett said there have been days she struggled to get out of bed and said Kate was the "perfect mum."

She also thanked the Queensland community and first responders for their "love and affection."

Queensland Police have recommended no criminal charges be laid over the Dreamworld ride disaster, however park employees and the Gold Coast theme park's owners still face potential prosecution.

"Police have recommended no criminal charges be laid, but obviously that's only a recommendation, the coroner may come back with suggestions relating to prosecution," the spokesman said.

The park's owner, Ardent Leisure, could still face potential prosecution by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, with penalties including six years' jail and fines of almost $4 million.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland handed its report into the incident to the state government last month, and government lawyers are now assessing the report to see if any charges should be laid.

The ride was nearly 30 years old and one of the theme park's iconic attractions, and it's also understood a young female employee was was on her first day of operating the ride when it malfunctioned.

Queensland Coroner James McDougall told media last year that he hoped an inquest would be held this year, however it now seems the earliest any inquest would be held is 2018.


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