4 Jun 2021

Police association on Ball verdict

From Morning Report, 7:40 am on 4 June 2021

The family of a man who died in a Hawera police station will be grappling this morning with the verdict in the trial over his death.

A jury has found three Taranaki police officers not guilty of the manslaughter of Allen Ball, who died at the police station in June, 2019.

The 55-year-old, who had been arrested after a family harm incident, died of an overdose of codeine, tramadol and alcohol.

The Crown had argued the officers had failed in their duty of care to Ball, that he would have survived with medical help, and they were culpable for his death.

The defence said the officers made mistakes but that did not amount to gross negligence and they were not criminally liable.

It's only the second manslaughter case involving police staff.

Susie Ferguson spoke to Police Association president Chris Cahill.