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Christopher Betts (photo with wife Angela), 34, was a private security contractor at the Baghdad embassy when he died on May 12, 2016

The & # 39; left-handed suicide & # 39; The security officer during a drinking session at the Australian embassy in Iraq was questioned by his colleagues who were told to keep their mouths shut.

  • Christopher Betts, 34, shot himself in 2016 at the Australian embassy in Iraq
  • Mr. Betts' death has been the subject of an investigation at the Coroner & # 39; s Court in Brisbane
  • He was wounded on the left side of his head despite being right-handed
  • Mr. Betts drank with colleague Sun McKay in the living room
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Security contractors expressed concern about the & # 39; left-handed suicide & # 39; from a colleague during a drinking session at the Australian embassy in Iraq, but were told to keep their mouths shut, a study has been heard.

Christopher Betts, 34, was a private security contractor at the Baghdad Embassy when he died on May 12, 2016.

He shot himself dead after a night of drinking with fellow Foreign Affairs Department and Trade Contractor, Sun McKay, in the living rooms of the embassy, ​​the Coroners Court in Brisbane has heard.

Mr. Betts grabbed Mr. McKay's Glock 17 pistol, held it to his head and said, "It is time to play clearly or not clearly," McKay told the investigators.

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Mr. Betts then pulled the trigger.

Christopher Betts (photo with wife Angela), 34, was a private security contractor at the Baghdad embassy when he died on May 12, 2016

Christopher Betts (photo with wife Angela), 34, was a private security contractor at the Baghdad embassy when he died on May 12, 2016

One of their former colleagues, Patrick O & Keeffe, was surprised by the small wound he saw on the left side of Mr. Betts' head during his autopsy, knowing that the man was right-handed.

& # 39; I turned to (another colleague) and said & # 39; & # 39; that should be the entry wound, it's on the left & # 39; & # 39 ;, & # 39; he told the research on Wednesday.

& # 39; He asked me if Chris was left-handed (and) I said & # 39; no & # 39;. & # 39;

The men expressed concern about the wound on the left at senior security firms' return to the embassy, ​​said O & Keeffe.

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A meeting was arranged and the team was told & # 39; not to talk about what we had seen & # 39 ;.

He said he was left with the feeling that it was good to speculate about Mr. Betts that death was a suicide, but if you'd say: & # 39; Sun was a little crazy & # 39; … or & # 39; Chris would never do such a thing & # 39 ;, (then) you were immediately told not to say it & # 39 ;.

O & Keeffe said managers began to describe death as suicide before the Australian federal police arrived in Iraq to investigate.

& # 39; I was a little shocked to hear this, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; It was less than 12 hours since Chris had (disappeared) … and the investigation would not begin in three days, & # 39; he said.

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& # 39; To answer that question so quickly with a clear & # 39; & # 39; Sun has done nothing wrong & # 39; & # 39; told me what their story was from that moment. & # 39;

Betts shot himself dead after a night of drinking with fellow Foreign Affairs and Trade Contractor, Sun McKay (photo), in the living rooms of the embassy

Betts shot himself dead after a night of drinking with fellow Foreign Affairs and Trade Contractor, Sun McKay (photo), in the living rooms of the embassy

Betts shot himself dead after a night of drinking with fellow Foreign Affairs and Trade Contractor, Sun McKay (photo), in the living rooms of the embassy

Mr. O & # 39; Keeffe said that Mr. Betts had told him that Mr. McKay & # 39; self-medication & # 39; wash with valium and harder pharmaceutical drugs.

Mr. O & # 39; Keeffe said that Mr. Betts also expressed concern about how Mr. McKay handled firearms at the embassy.

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& # 39; His exact words were & # 39; Sun around with weapons … he mentioned loading and unloading, he said.

On the night that Mr. Betts died, Mr. O & # 39; Keeffe was woken up around 3:00 & # 39; night and told that there was a shooting at the embassy.

& # 39; My first thought was that Sun had shot Chris, & # 39; he said.

The Australian federal police could not determine whether death was caused by adversity or suicide.

But Mr. Betts & family was concerned that Mr. Sun was in the same room and that there was no suicide note.

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& # 39; They were concerned that Sun had killed Chris, & # 39; Australian Federal Police Sergeant William Freeman told the investigation.

The investigation continues.

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