UPDATE 12 June 2009 P.M.: Coroner Alistair Hope has handed down his findings in the case. The ABC reports, in “Coroner’s damning findings on elder’s prison van death”:
West Australian Coroner Alistair Hope says an Aboriginal elder who died after being driven for 360 kilometres in a prison van in 40 degrees heat suffered a “terrible” and “wholly unnecessary” death.[...]
Mr Hope said Mr Ward suffered a terrible death that was wholly unnecessary and avoidable and he died as a result of a litany of errors.
He accused the people driving the prison van of collusion and giving false evidence.
The Coroner is to hand down findings today in the case of an elder killed in the back of an oven-like police van. I wrote much more detail on the killing here: “United Nations: Elder’s heatstroke death in police van possible torture or inhuman punishment“.
Also, tune in to Four Corners on Monday 15th June at 8:30 pm, where Liz Jackson will be looking at the case in “Who Killed Mr Ward?“:
We hear from the Justice of the Peace who refused Mr Ward bail, allowing him instead to be transported the 400 kilometres to a Kalgoorlie jail.
Liz Jackson: “You weren’t made aware of the fact that he’s well respected, well connected?”
Justice of the Peace: “No. No. He was an Aboriginal in a very drunken state or very groggy state. That’s all I knew him as.”
 Note: link includes a photograph of the deceased man