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Indigenous woman dies in police custody

An Indigenous woman has died while in custody at the Brisbane Watch House. The woman, 49, had been remanded in custody at the watch house on Monday after she appeared at Magistrate’s Court on Monday. She’d been arrested over property and drug matters on Sunday, Queensland Police said in a statement.After being remanded in custody…

An Indigenous woman has died while in custody at the Brisbane Watch House.

The woman, 49, had been remanded in custody at the watch house on Monday after she appeared at Magistrate’s Court on Monday. She’d been arrested over property and drug matters on Sunday, Queensland Police said in a statement.

After being remanded in custody she was being held at the watch house while she waited to be transferred to a correctional facility. The woman died in her cell on Thursday morning.

“While the circumstances of the death are to be determined, the investigation will include consideration of any underlying health conditions,” Queensland Police said.

“Cultural support is being provided by Murri Watch with representatives visiting the watch house this morning.”

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Police from the Ethical Standards command are investigating the death. The case is being reviewed by the State Coroner and the Crime and Corruption Commission.

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