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New Zealand police charged with manslaughter after death of man in prison cell

Three officers are charged with manslaughter after a man dies under their supervision in a cell of the police station

  • A 55-year-old man was no longer found in his cell on June 1, 2019
  • He died in custody at Hawera Police Station, in the Tanaki region of New Zealand
  • Three police officers have been charged with manslaughter for his death

Three police officers may be thrown behind bars for life after a man under their supervision dies in a prison cell in New Zealand.

A 55-year-old man died at Hawera police station in the Taranaki region. On June 1, 2019, after not responding during a routine cell check by officers.

Authorities have since charged three police officers with manslaughter for the death of the man – leading to a maximum prison sentence.

Three police officers may be jailed for life after a man dies under their supervision in a New Zealand prison cell (image)

Three police officers may be jailed for life after a man dies under their supervision in a New Zealand prison cell (image)

The names of the deceased and the three police officers have been suppressed by the New Zealand authorities.

A police statement said at the time that the man was arrested for assault in a house after police received a call for a family accident on May 31.

According to the statement, the intoxicated man was no longer found hours later and did not respond to CPR from police or paramedics.

The victim’s daughter posted an emotional tribute to her late father in a post on Facebook on Wednesday.

“A year since you were wrongly gone too soon, Dad, I wanted so much to tell you that you are now a poppa shes perfect and I will tell her everything about you that I promise,” she wrote.

A 55-year-old man died at Hawera police station (photo) in the Taranaki region. On June 1, 2019, after not responding during a routine cell check by officers

A 55-year-old man died at Hawera police station (photo) in the Taranaki region. On June 1, 2019, after not responding during a routine cell check by officers

A 55-year-old man died at Hawera police station (photo) in the Taranaki region. On June 1, 2019, after not responding during a routine cell check by officers

New Zealand police claim that the officers “were seriously negligent in their duty of care” while filing a homicide charge on Wednesday at New Plymouth District Court.

The officers have been fired and ordered to appear before New Plymouth High Court on June 26.

According to court documents, the agents were charged with dereliction of duty, police reported Stuff.

Secretary of State Stuart Nash said the charges were brought after a lengthy investigation.

“Any incident in which people’s lives are lost to the police is taken very seriously,” said Minister Nash.

“This was a challenging matter to work on and today’s appearance is the result of detailed behind the scenes work.”

“This is going to be a difficult time for the victim’s family and the wider police organization. I express my condolences to the man’s family. ”

New Zealand police allege that officers were 'grossly negligent in their duty of care' while filing manslaughter charges on Wednesday at New Plymouth District Court (stock image)

New Zealand police allege that officers were 'grossly negligent in their duty of care' while filing manslaughter charges on Wednesday at New Plymouth District Court (stock image)

New Zealand police allege that officers were ‘grossly negligent in their duty of care’ while filing manslaughter charges on Wednesday at New Plymouth District Court (stock image)

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