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Australia Protesters block prisons boss at inquest into Indigenous man David Dungay who died in jail

06:40  22 november  2019
06:40  22 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Furious relatives of an Aboriginal man who died in a Sydney jail after being restrained by guards have blocked NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin from leaving the coroner's court.

David Dungay, a 26-year-old Dunghutti man, died at Long Bay prison hospital on December 29, 2015, as prison officers attempted to move him to another cell.

An inquest today found the corrective services officers involved in restraining him were not motivated by malicious intent but "misunderstanding", leading to explosive reactions from family members who rejected the result.

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SYDNEY, Australia — David Dungay Jr., a prisoner at a Sydney jail , told the guards pinning him to his bed that he couldn’t breathe, according to a Minutes later, Mr. Dungay , a 26-year-old Indigenous Australian whose family’s lawyer says he had schizophrenia, diabetes and asthma, was unresponsive.

Officer F tells inquest into Indigenous death in custody that he thought Dungay was trying to trick guards. Key disputes are emerging between Corrections and Justice Health, over who decided Dungay needed to be moved to another cell. The court is yet to hear from medical staff but legal

The inquest was last year shown handheld camera footage of Mr Dungay being restrained face down by up to five members of the jail's Immediate Action Team (IAT) as he yelled "I can't breathe" several times.

He was also injected with a sedative shortly before he died.

a man looking at the camera: David Dungay died in December 2015 at Long Bay jail. (Supplied) © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation David Dungay died in December 2015 at Long Bay jail. (Supplied) Deputy state coroner Derek Lee found Mr Dungay died from cardiac arrhythmia, with contributing factors including his Type 1 diabetes, antipsychotic medication and extreme stress and agitation.

He rejected a submission from the Dungay family that several officers be referred for disciplinary proceedings, noting their conduct was "limited by systemic deficiencies in training".

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Mr Lee said the evidence did not rise so high as to suggest the guards' actions were motivated by malicious intent, but "a product of their misunderstanding of information that was conveyed at the time".

The finding drew loud expressions of disbelief from the Dungay family in the public gallery.

Staff 'overcome by stress'

Mr Lee said the life support provided to Mr Dungay was inadequate and found the clinical staff were "overcome by the enormity and stress of the situation" as it was the first time they needed to apply their training in a real-life situation.

Mr Dungay, who was three weeks away from being released on parole, was being held in the hospital because he had been diagnosed with mental health issues.

The court heard the specialist IAT was called when he refused to stop eating biscuits and follow orders.

Mr Lee found both the decisions to call in the IAT and to move Mr Dungay to another cell were neither necessary nor appropriate.

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Prisoner David Dungay Jr is restrained by correctional services officers in a cell in Long Beach jail SYDNEY (Reuters) - A mentally ill indigenous prisoner in Australia who died after being restrained The video, made by prison staff, is also the main evidence at the inquest , where the coroner will rule

The family of an Indigenous man who died in custody have rallied outside the New South Wales The Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA), which organised the protest with the Dungay Inquests into deaths in custody are mandatory, but may not be held for 12 to 18 months following the

Mr Dungay's mother, Leetona Dungay, has repeatedly called for those involved in the incident to be held accountable for their actions and referred to her son's death as murder.

A legal team acting on behalf of the family argued the preventable death was the result of a failed duty of care and pushed for several guards to face criminal charges.

Mr Lee's recommendations include changes to Corrective Services training and the availability of an Aboriginal welfare officer in the mental health unit of the prison to assist in de-escalation techniques.

The inquest heard evidence that prison staff had previously had difficulties dealing with Mr Dungay, particularly with his blood sugar levels, but nurses and other inmates were able to speak with him to calm him down.

The senior corrections officer in Mr Dungay's ward, who was given the pseudonym F, denied it was "excessive" to call in the IAT and claimed the decision was made after a nurse said the biscuits could worsen Mr Dungay's elevated blood sugar levels.

He conceded the situation constituted neither a security nor medical emergency but denied he called the IAT against protocol.

NSW Corrective Services has previously said Mr Severin "deeply regrets" Mr Dungay's death.

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