Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Mr Owen King pursuant to section 46B dated 3 December 2003
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18. The police officers had reasonable grounds for believing the deceased was seriously affected by alcohol given their observations of his demeanour and smell and his volunteered information that he had been drinking all day. Neither police officer observed anything about the deceased to suggest to them that he was not seriously unwell nor did the deceased confide in the officers that he was unwell. The deceaseds firs t episode in custody at the W atch House. 19. He was taken to the Watch House and placed in custody after being assessed by the Watch House Keeper, Auxiliary First Class Robert Norris. The Police Custody Manual mandates that a pre-custody assessment be conducted prior to placing persons in the cells. The result of that assessment is required to be recorded in the Watch House Journal or the Integrated Justice Information System (IJIS). Norris in his oral evidence and in his statements to the investigating officer stated that he always conversed with detainees and completed the necessary assessment. The detention assessment is made up of eight criteria as follows: (1) Suicide signs or health problems. (2) Obvious pain or injury. (3) Obvious signs o f infection. (4) Under influence o f alcohol. (5) Signs of alcohol/drug withdrawal (6) Appearance o f despondency. (7) Irrational or mentally disturbed. (8) Carrying medication. 9
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