Coroner criticises authorities for not telling family Indigenous prisoner was dying

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Kwementyaye Japaljarri was serving a five-month sentence when he became critically ill. His family were not told until after his death 12 days later

A coroner has criticised Northern Territory authorities for not telling the family of an Indigenous man in custody that he was critically ill until after he died, 12 days after being admitted to hospital.

Kwementyaye Japaljarri*, 34, was serving a five-month prison sentence for non-violent driving-related offences. He had a long history of illness and the coroner, Greg Cavanagh, said his medical care was adequate.

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