NZer’s drown­ing in Samoan Prison still a mys­tery

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News -

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.

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