A Noongar man who died in police custody was handcuffed whereas unconscious, got here to after which collapsed once more earlier than a cancelled ambulance was known as once more.
A instructions listening to into the dying of Jeffrey Winmar, a 28-year-old Aboriginal man who died after being arrested in Melbourne’s west final month, started on Tuesday earlier than Coroner Sarah Gebert.
Winmar was needed on housebreaking offences and was believed to be at a property in Werribee, the place police, together with a canine handler, had been despatched on 9 November.
He was seen leaving the home after police knocked on the entrance door and climbed over a number of fences earlier than being present in a clump of timber behind a close-by property.
Counsel helping the coroner, Lindsay Spence, mentioned bodyworn digital camera footage from the canine handler confirmed Winmar saying “please don’t let the canine chew me – please don’t let him chew me”, earlier than kneeling on the bottom, collapsing and shedding consciousness.
The court docket heard police handcuffed Winmar and positioned him within the restoration place earlier than calling an ambulance.
The request was cancelled when he got here to.
A short while later Winmar once more misplaced consciousness and stopped respiratory, as police requested one other ambulance and did CPR till paramedics arrived.
He was admitted to Field Hill hospital’s intensive care unit and died two days in a while 11 November.
Spence mentioned the reason for his dying was a suspected cardiac arrest.
He mentioned Winmar had a laceration to his liver that “nothing obvious on the footage” defined given the one use of police power was when he was handcuffed.
Sarah Schwartz, a principal lawyer on the Victorian Aboriginal Authorized Service, mentioned there have been important issues that just one bodyworn digital camera was in use regardless of a number of cops collaborating within the deliberate arrest.
“I need the police to account for what occurred below their watch,” Winmar’s mom, Ursulla Winmar, mentioned in a press release that famous “inconsistent info” given to them about his pursuit and arrest.
“I’ve been robbed of a son, he had a lot left to offer to us, and we nonetheless want him,” she mentioned describing Winmar’s dedication to his household and son.
Winmar is one among greater than 550 Aboriginal individuals who have died in custody for the reason that 1991 royal fee.
The matter will return in June for an additional instructions listening to.