Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Ramaiah Mahenthiran

Delivered on 27 March 2015 at Perth.

Finding of State Coroner.


The deceased was a 50 year old Sri Lankan man who was an unlawful non-citizen in immigration detention at the time of his death.

The Coroner found the deceased died on 22 July 2013 at Curtin Immigration Detention Centre Derby as a result of coronary atherosclerosis.The manner of death was Natural Causes.

The inquest investigated the circumstances surrounding the deceased’s medical treatment on Christmas Island.

The Coroner found that whilst the deceased underwent a "fast track" health screening process which did not incorporate all the usual components.

The Coroner was satisfied that the deceased had completed critical elements of the general health screening component including a chest x-ray and the collection of specimens for pathological testing, and the screening component in connection with his mental health.

The Coroner was satisfied that the deceased’s care was not adversely affected by the application of the "fast track" health assessment process.

Catch Words

Non-citizen : immigration detention : "Fast Track" Health Assessment Process.

Last updated: 10 August 2022

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