Cops face cus­tody death probe

The West Australian - - NEWS - Rourke Walsh, Grant Tay­lor and Gabrielle Knowles

The mys­tery death of a man in po­lice cus­tody af­ter a raid on a lux­ury home in As­cot is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by in­ter­nal af­fairs de­tec­tives.

The 27-year-old, be­lieved to be a res­i­dent at the Fauntleroy Road prop­erty, was one of two peo­ple ar­rested and held at the home on Mon­day af­ter­noon dur­ing a search by de­tec­tives.

Po­lice say while the pair were un­der guard at the home, the ar­rested man’s health de­te­ri­o­rated and paramedics were called to take him by am­bu­lance to Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal.

It is be­lieved he ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal about 8.45pm but could not be re­vived and was pro­nounced dead soon af­ter.

A cause of death is yet to be de­ter­mined.

An au­topsy is ex­pected to be car­ried out to­day.

The in­ci­dent is be­ing treated by po­lice as a death in cus­tody, with homi­cide de­tec­tives also in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which is stan­dard in such cir­cum­stances.

Neigh­bours say they spot­ted po­lice cars on the street from about 5pm on Mon­day and later saw three am­bu­lances at the home.

They said the large prop­erty that backs on to the Swan River was rented by a young cou­ple who had only moved in a few months ago.

Po­lice are yet to re­veal the na­ture of the raid.

Of­fi­cers spent sev­eral hours overnight on Mon­day in­side the home.

A neigh­bour said she could hear po­lice search­ing the back of the prop­erty early yes­ter­day morn­ing. Sev­eral de­tec­tives emerged about mid­day with brown ev­i­dence bags and an Ap­ple Mac com­puter, which were taken away.

De­tec­tives re­turned later to door­knock the area and col­lect CCTV footage.

A black Chrysler sedan, parked a few hun­dred me­tres around the cor­ner from the raided home, is also un­der­stood to be con­nected to the de­ceased man. It is be­lieved the lux­ury ve­hi­cle was searched by po­lice but yes­ter­day re­mained in a nearby carpark.

The sec­ond per­son ar­rested dur­ing the raid has not been charged and is be­lieved to have been re­leased yes­ter­day.

She is be­lieved to be a mother and the de­ceased man’s girl­friend, who lived with him at the prop­erty.

Pic­ture: Me­gan Pow­ell

De­tec­tives re­move a com­puter from the As­cot prop­erty where a man col­lapsed and later died.

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