Manslaughter charges laid against three police officers in New Plymouth court

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Police have filed charges of manslaughter against three officers over the death of a man in custody.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

A 55-year-old man died while in custody at the Hāwera Police Station in the early hours of 1 June, 2019.

The charges filed today in New Plymouth District Court allege that the officers were grossly negligent in their duty of care to the victim and that this negligence was a causal factor in his death.

In a statement, police said the decision to file charges was made after a thorough investigation and consideration of legal advice from the New Plymouth Crown Solicitor and a Queen’s Counsel.

The officers have been stood down from their duties and an employment process will follow in due course, the statement said.

All three officers have been granted interim name suppression and remanded on bail to appear again on 26 June at the New Plymouth High Court.

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