A 95-year-old Australian woman died on Wednesday, a week after a police officer used a stun gun against her inside a retirement home, according to the police, who confirmed on the day of the incident that the woman was “armed with a knife.”
“It is with great sadness that we report the death of Claire Noland, 95, in the Couma area this evening,” New South Wales State Police said in a statement, noting that she died “peacefully” in hospital and was surrounded by her family and loved ones.
A few hours before the death of the 90-year-old, a 33-year-old policeman who had been discharged from the police was charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a person as a result of reckless behaviour. He will appear before a court on the fifth of July.
Nowland has been in hospital in a critical condition since she was electrocuted on May 17, in an incident that shocked Australia.
Police officers were called to a nursing home in the state of New South Wales to restrain a woman “armed with a knife”, the police said in a statement.
The police confirmed that they urged Noland to leave the knife, but she walked towards them with a “slow pace” leaning on a walking aid, which prompted one of the officers to use his stun gun against her.
And Australian Senator David Showbridge called the police to publish the pictures taken by the camera installed on the body of the policeman.
“The public has a right to know what the police have done, and this cannot be overshadowed by a special police investigation of itself,” he said.