Death in custody: Aboriginal woman Maureen Mandijarra lay in cell for hours

Police officer in charge did not check on arrested woman at any stage of her incarceration, says counsel assisting the coroner

The Aboriginal woman Maureen Mandijarra had been lying in the same position on the concrete floor of cell four in the Broome police station for at least six hours before police attempted to rouse her, a coronial inquest has heard.

When police did try to shake the 44-year-old awake, in the early hours of 30 November 2012, they found she was dead.

The inquest into her death began in the tourist town 2,240km north of Perth on Western Australia’s north-west coast on Monday.

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