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David McLaughlin’s family and friends get their say

By johnboy 23 September 2006 91

The Canberra Times’ Paul Malone has done a lengthy and detailed story on the final days of David “DJ” McLaughlin.

McLaughlin’s family feel they could have prevented his suicide if the police had let them talk to him. Franklty it beggars belief that the stepfather, Andy Hammond, feels “I could do anything with that kid” when you consider the abject failure of the Spence butcher to prevent his stepson going on an armed car thieving high speed rampage the night before.

The real question for mine is why police didn’t shoot DJ dead the night before after he rammed a police car and was pointing his squirrel gun at them.

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pi55ed 5:42 pm 11 Nov 06


It’s an old expression, literally it means:

The person addressed is contemptible or
worthless, a scrounger.

Sums up my opinion of the now departed David and his ilk.

el 11:42 am 10 Nov 06

Toerag = old slang, along the lines of ratbag, etc.

Danman 7:37 am 10 Nov 06

Heres a link to my question RE your above post

I would be very interested in an answer

pi55ed 9:46 pm 09 Nov 06

Boohoo little girl.

David was! a toerag crim, nothing more and nothing less.

DJs little sister 3:10 pm 04 Nov 06

wat is wrong with you people??
im DJs little sister and DJ had never done anything wrong!!
he tried to turn his life around but NO the police would not allow that!! they were always harrasing him even at his own house!!!
im sick of everyones decisions on wat my brother was but you see you didnt know him like i did!!
he wasnt a criminal in my mind and i never saw him as a criminal!! i saw him as a troubled young boy that just wanted to be normal but the police didnt allow that did they??
thank you BIG AL you obviously know wats going on here!! im 13 yrs old and i have already seen the bad side of police!! wouldnt you think his first lifeline is his mother, father, brother or sister?? yes he was a bid kid but that does not mean he meant to hurt anyone!!! he loved everyone and everything! and was soo scared of the police but NO they pushed it to far and even got his family and friends involved!!! they cut of his phone when he was talking to mum and that was the wrong thing to do!! I PERSONALY DONT CARE WHAT YOU PEOPLE THINK BUT HE WAS MY BROTHER AND THATS ALL I SAW HIM AS!!! I LOVED MY THREE OLDER BROTHERS DJ, CAMERON AND ANTHONY AND MY LITTLE SISTER MOLLY!! but you people have just broke my heart on how you never think about his family and friends!!! he wasnt lyk wat it said in the artticle he was a caring and loving person and he DIDNT AND I REPEAT DIDNT HAVE A DRUGG PROBLEM!!! I WAS WITH HIM ALL THE TIME AND I NEVER I REPEAT NEVER SAW HIM LAY 1 FINGER ON THOSE DRUGGS!!! but no im sorry im just a 13 yr old troubled girl that doesnt know the difference between right and wrong!! but still think wat you want to think but i know for sure that he was not lyk that!!! OKAI SO YOU NEED TO GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT BEFORE YOU JUDGE MY BIG BROTHER!!! and im tellin you now exactly how i feel about all this crap!!!

TAD 9:34 am 27 Sep 06

Canberra Times = wiki/Yellow journalism

Mr Evil 9:24 am 27 Sep 06

I get all my news from the Chronicle!

el 9:23 am 27 Sep 06

Personally, I think that it’s rude to accuse someone of reading the Canberra Times.

LOL. I’m nominating that for a ‘pool room’ quote up the top.

Big Al 6:26 am 27 Sep 06

Lionel, my only source was the coroners findings provided in the link – but yes it’s my opinion and I made it myself. Personally, I think that it’s rude to accuse someone of reading the Canberra Times.

Lionel_Hutz 1:20 am 27 Sep 06

Big Al,

Obviously you didn’t think to read the hyperlinks provided TAD.

Greater minds than yours investigated that matter and your comments just display a complete and total ignorance to any fact other than your own opinion gleaned from, the Canberra Times and internet media, hardly reliable sources.

Big Al 10:18 pm 26 Sep 06

Ahhhh the I’Anson case … cops too stupid to resolve a problem shoot the prick and call it a day – gotta love justice.

On isolating phones – what a load of bollocks. who the fuck are the cops to say that just because thev’ve got someone in a siege situation that person shouldn’t be crossing live to the six thirty news – its just another excuse for the shitbags to cover their incompetent arses from any real scrutiny.


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