The body of 24-year-old David Gallagher has been discovered by Police over the long weekend, close to the Omega Festival location.
The 3-day festival occurred on a property near Newton Boyd, northern New South Wales, that was attended by an estimated 2,500 people, with the horrific discovery of the deceased man found in a car about 200 metres from the main stage.
Though it has not yet been confirmed, Officers are investigating the man’s death as drug-related, after finding drug paraphernalia at the scene, with Detective Investigator Darren Jameson stating “The crime scene was processed, and some items of interest associated with drug use and particularly cannabis use were located.”
“In 26 years of policing, I have never seen anything like it where the organisers of an event — despite someone dying in front of them — have not stopped the event,” Det Inspector Jameson said.
“My concerns are these rave event organisers show no regard for the safety of people… They need to be shut down and stopped. Evidence of their disregard shows how they failed to stop the event despite someone dying in front of them.”
The festival – which was scheduled to be held at an Aboriginal reserve at Jubullum Village at Tubulam – had to change locations last minute when they were ordered to shut down the event after Tenterfield Shire Council took court action.
Festival organisers are yet to make a statement on the young man’s death.
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