Family and friends of a woman who was killed in police detention after being charged with stealing a caravan say they will “take it all” and “let them know” that they want justice.
Key points:The family of 19-year-old Shauna Stacey say they “want justice” after police arrested them for stealing a car from a caravanThey say they want to speak out against the police’s “horrific” actionsFamily member Jarrad Stacey says he is “really disappointed” the woman was killed during the incidentShauna Statham, 19, was killed on March 26, 2015, in police care at the Western Australian Department of Justice (WADOJ) in Adelaide.
The family and friends say they have been “in shock” since the woman’s body was found in her caravan, with their youngest daughter also in police captivity.
“I’m not sure how long it’s going to take us to get justice,” Jarrid Stacey said.
“We’re hoping for it to be resolved with some sort of peace and a resolution to that.”
Shauna’s family, who say they were “devastated” and grieving for her, have been in “total shock” by the police actions.
“The whole family is devastated.
We were in total shock.
We’ve lost everything,” Jara Stacey told ABC Radio Adelaide.”
It’s been a really hard year.
We lost our daughter, our partner, we lost our family.
We have lost everything.”
Jarrad’s daughter, Tania, says the family “will not be leaving this world” until justice is done.
A week before her death, police arrested Stacey and took her to the WADOJ where she was charged with a number of offences including theft, public nuisance and being under the influence of drugs.”
She was a lovely girl, she loved animals and was so kind and we loved her,” she said.
A week before her death, police arrested Stacey and took her to the WADOJ where she was charged with a number of offences including theft, public nuisance and being under the influence of drugs.
Police said Stacey had been acting strangely and acting erratically when she arrived at the WAOJ and was then detained on February 28.
“Shauna was arrested and charged on February 27 at the WADA premises, where she had been detained by police on several charges relating to the theft of a caravan,” WA Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said.
Stacey was charged in April with driving while intoxicated and driving while disqualified, driving while under the control of alcohol and driving with a suspended licence.
In a statement, the WA Department of Social Services said Stacia was released from the WA jail on March 27 and was placed in the WA Family Unit.
“She is not expected to be re-arrested until the end of the month,” the department said.
Police have not revealed the charges against Stacey or any details about the caravan theft.
“It is with profound sadness and regret that the WA State Government is announcing that Shauna will be released from custody on March 31, at which time the case will be reviewed and the outcome will be decided,” a statement said.
Shauna had been working as a domestic helper at the time of her death.
She was the mother of three children aged 11, 13 and 16.
Her family has not yet made any public statements about the case.