A man who died in police custody while having a "fit" was known to have suffered seizures from alcohol withdrawal seven months before his death.
The second and last day of evidence was heard in the Kalgoorlie Coroner’s Court yesterday into the death of Mr Phillips, whose first name is not published for cultural reasons.
Yesterday the court heard evidence from Bega Garnbirringu manager of clinical services Beth Walters who said she saw Mr Phillips in the clinic on January 7, 2011. He had been assessed for medical treatment but had not seen a doctor.
Mr Phillips was later arrested by police for breaching a move on notice, assault and disorderly behaviour and died at the Kalgoorlie Police lock-up while having a “fit” the next morning.
During Ms Walters’ evidence it was revealed Mr Phillips’ medical records had shown he had suffered at least two seizures from alcohol withdrawal since June 2010. Rob Gazia, counsel representing Mr Phillips’ family, questioned the relevance of the evidence.However, Deputy Coroner Evelyn Vicker said the records showed Mr Phillips was aware of the seizures and Bega had said he needed counselling. Bega recorded numerous instances when his alcohol consumption was described as: “Unsafe, needs intervention.”
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