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A jail guard who pinned down a prisoner within the minutes earlier than he turned unresponsive behind a police van has instructed a coronial inquest he cannot recall whether or not the person was nonetheless transferring when he was put within the van.
- The coronial inquest into the loss of life of Wayne Fella Morrison is constant
- A guard stated he had by no means seen a prisoner put in a van with that degree of restraint
- However the guard additionally admitted on the time he did not suppose it was a difficulty
Wayne Fella Morrison, 29, died in September 2016, three days after he was restrained by a bunch of jail officers and positioned face down within the van at Yatala Jail in Adelaide as a result of he had assaulted workers.
In courtroom on Wednesday, guard Brian Greenwood watched safety imaginative and prescient of the scuffle within the corridors of the jail.
The imaginative and prescient confirmed Mr Greenwood working to restrain Mr Morrison on the bottom, after which serving to to hold him to the van.
Mr Greenwood instructed the courtroom Mr Morrison was restrained with handcuffs, in addition to leg cuffs and a spit hood, earlier than being “swung” into the van face down.
Wayne Fella Morrison died in hospital after being restrained by a group of prison officers. (Facebook: Latoya Rule)
He stated he had by no means seen a prisoner put in a van with that degree of restraint earlier than, however stated on the time he didn’t suppose it was a difficulty.
“My understanding is that the spit hood is totally breathable and never restrictive,” Mr Greenwood stated.
“On the forefront of my thoughts wouldn’t have been: ‘is he having a medical episode?’, I used to be considering this prisoner must be restrained.
“Proper there in that second I used to be not desirous about positional asphyxia, I will be trustworthy.”
Guard denies punching prisoner
He stated he thought Mr Morrison was nonetheless struggling as they carried him out, however couldn’t recall precisely, and wasn’t certain if he was nonetheless transferring as soon as within the van.
Throughout questioning he denied punching Mr Morrison.
“I wrestled with him … my focus was attempting to get him to cease,” Mr Greenwood stated.
After serving to put Mr Morrison within the van, Mr Greenwood stated he returned contained in the jail and went to Wakefield Hospital for evaluation.
The courtroom heard police later got here to Mr Greenwood’s residence and seized his uniform.
Deputy coroner Jayne Basheer is but to find out whether or not the seven guards who had been within the van with Mr Morrison must give proof to the inquest.
Attorneys representing the guards have requested a blanket launch for his or her purchasers citing the self-incrimination privilege below the Coroner’s Act.
David Edwardson QC beforehand instructed the inquest no significant questions could possibly be answered with out concern of the jail guards incriminating themselves.
There isn’t any safety imaginative and prescient from contained in the van.