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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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Title

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

Other title

Tabled paper 1290

Collection

Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2004-05-18

Description

Deemed

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/284440

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/408390

Page content

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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