Lester Donaldson was fatally shot by police at a distance of only four feet in his home in 1988 after brandishing a small paring knife. Lester had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and suffered from delusions and voices in his head. Julian Falconer, called to the bar in 1989, represented the Urban Alliance on Race Relations at the inquest into Lester’s death. The inquest resulted in the cases of Black Action Defence Committee v. Huxter, Coroner in 1992 and Booth v. Huxter in 1994.
Urban Alliance on Race Relations Lester Donaldson Inquest Summary