Samoa police believe no one else involved with death of a NZ man
The police in Samoa do not believe anyone else was involved in the death of a New Zealand man in a prison cell during tropical cyclone Evan.
Prison staff found 38-year-old Hans Dalton dead in four litres of water on Boxing Day morning in Apia.
Water was being kept in the cells after Cyclone Evan cut running water supplies.
The assistant police commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, says mental-health staff had transferred Mr Dalton to the police because they had nowhere to restrain him when he became violent.
Leaupepe says before he died Mr Dalton could be heard hitting his head against the walls and steel doors of his cell.
“We are treating it as a homicide but we are not looking for anyone else and we suspect the deceased cause his own death.”
Leaupepe Fatu Pula says a post-mortem was done before Hans Dalton’s family took his body back to New Zealand.
THE NEW COMMENTS PROCESS
To make comments, you will need to register. You can register under your real name or use a 'screen' name. This way, people will be able to follow comments and make comments back and forth to each other. If you choose to use a 'screen name' no one will know your true identity. In either case, no email addresses will be available to anyone. It is an automated process. If you have questions, email: email@example.com
You currently are not logged in, please LOGIN to post comments.