Police seek to extend culpability

WHAT they have seen over two lifetimes in a blue uniform has torn apart more than 200 families.

Yesterday two more names were added to that list.

Sunshine Coast police forensic crash investigators Andrew King and Carl Christensen are the voice of Queensland Police in a controversial Brisbane Supreme Court manslaughter trial in which the prosecutor is pushing for fatal car crash culpability to extend to passengers.

Senior Sergeant King and Sergeant Christensen were on their way to day two of the trial when they were called to the fatal crash at Bells Creek yesterday.

The veteran investigators gave their colleagues assistance before continuing on to their date with a Brisbane judge and jury.

Their hearts were heavier but their resolve all the more steely.

The family of Melissa Harper, the young woman at the heart of the manslaughter trial, are conspicuous by their absence in the courtroom.

Sources say the family does not support the Queensland Police in their pursuit of Matthew James Morris, the 20-year-old charged with Ms Harper's manslaughter.

But could those who have to deal with tragedy be forgiven for seeking to have culpability extended in a bid to end the carnage?

The region's acting top cop is adamant that the common single factor in this year's motorcycle deaths is “complacency”.

“It weighs heavily on us all, people are being far too complacent and are switching their brains off,” Inspector Mark Henderson said.

“All police wish is for motorists to obey the laws and obey the road rules.”



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