Coroner’s findings into the death of Mr Christopher Betts at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad

Coroner’s findings into the death of Mr Christopher Betts at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad

On the 8th of June 2020, the State Coroner Mr Terry Ryan , released his findings into the unfortunate and untimely death of Mr Christopher Betts, a security contractor working at the Australian Embassy in Iraq on the 12th of May 2016.

Mr Betts a former member of the Australian Army, was with Mr Sun McKay who was also a security contractor and also a former member of the Australian Army.

The coronial inquest in November 2019 heard that both were in the room of Mr Sun McKay , located in the accommodation wing of the compound at the time that Mr Betts raised a Glock pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. The resulting gunshot wound was found to be the cause of the death of Mr Betts.

The State Coroner found that Mr Betts’ death was most likely the result of a tragic accident and further that there was nothing to indicate that he intended to take his own life.

Our client, Mr McKay wants to again convey his most sincere condolences to the family of Mr Betts and hopes that the findings of the State Coroner provide some closure for them.

A copy of the findings are available at https://www.courts.qld.gov.au/courts/coroners-court/findings

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