Father of dead teen to sue State for $545,000
THE father of an Ipswich teen killed after being handcuffed by police on a Brassall street is suing the state for more than $545,000.
Joseph Wayne Bornen, the father of Andrew John Bornen, who died in 2009, is making a claim against the state of Queensland for past and future lost earnings.
Documents filed by legal firm Murphy Schmidt, on behalf of Mr Bornen, state he has suffered from a chronic major depressive disorder since the death of his son.
Andrew Bornen was 16 when he was arrested by two Ipswich police officers on Albion St.
He was hit by a passing vehicle as police officers tried to get the attention of the driver.
The police officers involved in the incident were referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions following an inquest.
But the officers were not charged with any offences relating to Andrew's death.
The legal documents name the State of Queensland, the driver of the car Jennifer Hind and compulsory third party insurers Suncorp Metway in the claim.
The claim for $545,448 was lodged in October for loss of previous and future incomes, for pain and suffering, and for counselling and medication.
The documents state Mr Bornen has "endured significant pain and suffering and discomfort and mental trauma" to date and will so in the future.
Since the death of his son, Mr Bornen has increased his alcohol intake and suffered significant weight loss, required medical treatment and psychological counselling.
Mr Bornen has not worked since August 2009, when he lost his job as a forklift operator at Claypave following an altercation with a workmate.
He has not found employment since.
After he was told of his son's death Mr Bornen said he felt "numb and shocked".
His condition had continued to deteriorate from then on.
The civil matter has been mentioned in the Ipswich District Court after a bid to have it settled by mediation failed.
A legal representative for Mr Bornen said the two parties could not reach an agreement, with a difference of a couple of hundred thousand dollars.
Legal representatives for the State of Queensland are awaiting the results of a psychiatric report before the matter can proceed.
It will be heard in September.
Mr Bornen did not appear in court.