24 Sep 2018

Death of Whanganui Prison inmate will be investigated

4:30 pm on 24 September 2018

A prisoner died at Whanganui Prison over the weekend.

A cell at Auckland Prison.

A man died in his cell after attempts to revive him failed at Whanganui Prison on Saturday. Photo: RNZ

Prison director Reti Pearse said prison staff found the man when they unlocked his cell on Saturday morning.

Staff members provided immediate assistance, but the prisoner was unable to be revived, Mr Pearse said.

All deaths in custody were referred to the Coroner, and the independent Corrections Inspectorate would also carry out a review.

Police had notified the prisoner's next of kin and support was being provided to staff and other prisoners.

Mr Pearse said he was unable to comment further regarding the identity of the prisoner while the matter was being investigated.

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