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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



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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(7) The deceaseds mother was Olivia Punch. (8) The deceaseds father was Duck King. (9) The deceased had no fixed place of abode in the Northern Territory. (10) The deceaseds occupation is unknown. (11) The deceaseds marital status is unknown. (12) The deceased was 33 years of age. RELEVANT CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATH The investigation of the death 10. The investigation as a death in custody was thorough, objective and professional. The protective custody provision of the Police Administration Act (PAA). 11. Section 128 of the Police Administration Act empowers members o f the Northern Territory Police Service to apprehend persons who are intoxicated in public places and take them into custody. This is the procedure commonly known as protective custody. The law only allows detention for protective custody if the person considered is seriously intoxicated either by alcohol or some other drug. 12. As I have commented in previous Inquests, the police are also able to divert persons who would otherwise be detained in Watch Houses for protective custody to Sobering Up Shelters . I remain firmly of the view that these facilities are so much more appropriate to care for intoxicated persons than police Watch Houses which after all are built and intended to be used to detain alleged criminals. I note that the police who apprehended the deceased on both occasions intended to take him to DASA, the

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