Police are appealing for a Go Pro taken from a fatal crash scene on Sunday to be returned.
Inspector Ruth Orr said that crash investigators had become aware that the 28 year old man killed on his motorcycle early Sunday morning in Launceston had a Go-Pro recording at the time.
“The Go-Pro recorded footage of the man riding in and around Cimitiere Street Launceston just prior to the crash, as well as the crash itself,” Inspector Orr said.
“Initial investigations indicate that the Go-Pro became dislodged from the man’s helmet at the time of the crash and would have been somewhere within the crash site.
“Someone has removed the Go-Pro from the crash scene and disturbingly shared the distressing footage on it via social media platforms and Facebook Messenger.
“Not only is the footage is crucial evidence in respect to the coronial investigation regarding the man’s death, but it is creating further distress to the deceased man’s family at what is an already difficult time.”
Police have a copy of the Go-Pro footage are calling on the person or people responsible to do the right thing and hand the Go-Pro into their nearest police station at the earliest opportunity.
“Police are not seeking to question the person or people responsible if the Go-Pro is returned at this stage,” Inspector Orr said.
“However if it is not handed back, we will continue to make inquiries to identify the person or people responsible for taking the Go-Pro and sharing the footage and take further action.
Police are also asking members of the public who have the footage to stop sharing it.
“The footage is distressing and is understandably causing further unnecessary stress on deceased man’s family,” she said.
Anyone with information about who may have the Go Pro or initially shared the footage should call Launceston Police on 131444 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperstas.com.au