A police officer who was accountable for an Aboriginal lady who died in custody in WA’s Pilbara was given the second highest misconduct notice for her behaviour, an inquest has been told.
Ms Dhu, 22, died in August final year right after visiting the Hedland Health Campus three instances in significantly less than 48 hours.
She had septicaemia and pneumonia triggered by an infection from a broken rib.
Detective Inspector Eric Smith, from the Internal Affairs Unit, stated Senior Constable Shelly Burgess had failed to respond with “adequate urgency” to Ms Dhu’s clear deterioration whilst in the South Hedland police lock-up.
Constable Burgess and yet another officer took Ms Dhu to hospital but she died significantly less than an hour later.
Constable Burgess was provided an Assistant Commissioner’s warning and three of her colleagues received warning notices.
The inquest continues.
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