Coroner’s report could be lengthy wait

The circumstances surrounding how a Taranaki man died while in police custody is still being considered by a coroner.

A statement from the coroner’s office outlines that there are many factors that determine how long a case is before them.

Last year the average case length from death to final report was 345 days according to Jerram Watts from the Ministry of Justice.

The 55-year-old died in a cell at the Hāwera Police Station in the early hours of Saturday, June 1.

Prior to the man’s death, police officers had attended a family harm call-out at a Hāwera address about 11.30pm on May 31.

An intoxicated man was arrested for assault and was then taken to the Hāwera Police station.

The incident has also been referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

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