NZer’s drowning in Samoan Prison still a mystery
Wellington: A coroner has been unable to determine how New Zealand man Hans Dalton came to drown in a Samoan prison six and a half years ago.
Mr Dalton - a 38-year-old psychiatric patient - had been holidaying with family when Cyclone Evan struck and he lost his medication. He was put in a cell in Samoa’s Tafa’igata Prison on Christmas Day for his own safety but was found dead - his body face down in a 200-litre water drum, half-submerged in water - the following day, Boxing Day, in 2012.
His family’s efforts to find out what happened has been hampered by Samoan authorities, who have refused to help the Coroners Court in New Zealand.
In findings released today, NZ Coroner Peter Ryan said Mr Dalton’s death in Samoa presented jurisdictional difficulties.