Indigenous prisoner missing for four hours before he was found dead, inquest told | Australia news | The Guardian

Indigenous man Jayden Stafford Bennell was missing for almost four hours before he was found dead in a prison cleaning cupboard, an inquest has heard..Coronial investigators did not record attempts by Indigenous education staff to locate him before he had died, the inquest in Perth magistrates court was told on Monday.Bennell, a 20-year-old Bibbulmun Noongar man, was found hanged in the unlocked cleaning cupboard at Casuarina maximum security prison at 3.45pm on 6 March 2013.The preliminary coronial investigation reported his death as a suicide.At the inquest on Monday, Toby Bishop, the counsel assisting coroner Sarah Linton, said Bennell was recorded as attending the midday muster the day of his death, and then tried to make a call to his brother at 1.26pm.“This was the last sign that Jayden was alive,” Bishop said.Death in custody and a mother’s anguish: time stopped when I heard my son died Read moreBennell was due to attend a drug and alcohol program called Pathways at 1.30pm but did not arrive, prompting the program manager, Benjamin Moodie, to ask where he was. He was marked as missing at the 3.15 pm muster. At 3.45pm, Bishop said, a prison guard named Sibongile Ncube looked in Bennell’s cell in unit five of the prison and then noticed that the door to the cleaning storage cupboard opposite was ajar.

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