Nauru refugee inquest wraps up in Brisbane

His fatal burns, inflicted in front of United Nations refugee officials, would have been survivable with Australian metropolitan-standard healthcare, the inquest heard repeatedly.

But that would only come 31 hours later, when he finally arrived at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Mental health issues were rife.

But no one predicted what would unfold when the UNHCR arrived on April 26, 2016, the inquest heard.

Downtrodden by their plight, Mr Masoumali’s partner became frustrated with UN officials she believed were unhelpful.

Mr Masoumali became «angry» when he saw the woman was upset and the next time she would see him, he was on fire.

He died two days later.

Nauru’s hospital had been ill-equipped to deal with a serious burns patient and it took 31 hours to get him to Australia.

Coroner Terry Ryan has been hearing the circumstances leading up to him setting himself on fire and the events after.

The inquest concluded on Friday.

But the evidence may not be complete after the Masoumali family’s lawyer applied to expand the terms of reference to include his mental health status after revelations he attempted to receive psychiatric treatment.

Mr Ryan is expected to hand down his findings in coming months.

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