• Tanya Day died from a brain haemorrhage after falling and hitting her head while in custody. (AAP)Source: AAP
Family of Ms Day frustrated by responses provided by witnesses on the second day of the inquest into the Yorta Yorta woman's 2017 death in custody.
By
Madeline Hayman-Reber

Source:
NITV News
27 Aug 2019 - 4:43 PM  UPDATED 27 Aug 2019 - 5:26 PM

Confusion over which train driver is heard in a voice recording played yesterday in the Victorian Coroner's Court has left the family of Aunty Tanya Day feeling anxious.

The call recording was between the alleged driver of the train that Ms Day was on, Andrew Mooney, and V/Line's central control requesting police attendance at Castlemaine station.

Mr Mooney was set to appear on the witness stand this morning, however the court was told that he did not believe it was his voice in the call.

V/Line conductor Shaun Irvine was again questioned by lawyers this morning, including the company's lawyer Ben Ihle.

Murmurs could be heard in the courtroom from the family's side when Mr Ihle asked Mr Irvine whether or not he had any Aboriginal friends, and if he could describe his relationship with them.

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"That tells us that they're reaching on to anything to paint him as something that he's not. That's the typical line for someone - 'I'm not racist because I have an Aboriginal friend'," Daughter Apryl Watson told NITV News.

"To use that in court is quite disappointing, especially for the fact that if you look at mum you can tell that she has dark skin complexion and that's something that he could not answer to."

Ms Watson said the family is growing more and more frustrated by the lack of answers they are receiving from witnesses.

"It seems like all they've got to say is "I can't recall", that's about all we're getting at the moment. You can clearly say that they can recall, it's just something that they don't want to say because they know it's going to paint them in a light that they don't want to be perceived as," Ms Watson said.

Victoria Police will appear next on the witness stand.

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