Inquest into 22-year-old Indigenous man Tane Chatfield’s death in NSW custody begins

An inquest into the death of an Indigenous person in New South Wales custody has listened to the younger father could have had a number of seizures and was distressed to be separated from his cellmate on his final evening in remand.

Tane Chatfield died in September 2017 immediately after becoming held on remand at Tamworth Correctional Centre for two several years.

The 22-year-previous attended court in Armidale but was returned to Tamworth immediately after the 1st working day of a hearing on 19 September.

Darren Brian Cutmore experienced been Mr Chatfield’s cellmate in the preceding times, but was moved to a unique cell that evening as the pair ended up co-accused.

Mr Cutmore instructed deputy state coroner Harriet Grahame that Mr Chatfield was on the way back to Tamworth from court “pleased as can be” as he was self-assured of staying acquitted.

Supporters of Tane Chatfield phone for justice outdoors the Tamworth Correctional Facility.


But Mr Chatfield’s previous cellmate, who deemed himself an “more mature brother” to the 22-calendar year-aged, could nevertheless bear in mind his reaction when he realised the pair were to be separated later that night time.

“He was really upset … he reported ‘all we have obtained is each individual other and now they’ve f***ing taken that away from us too’,” Mr Cutmore instructed the inquest on Monday.

Mr Cutmore also claimed that while the pair had generally used drugs in prison together, he did not assume Mr Chatfield did so on the night of 19 September.

The male who replaced Mr Cutmore in Mr Chatfield’s mobile, Barry Evans, informed the inquest the deceased appeared “agitated” pursuing his separation from Mr Cutmore but he created his new cellmate feel “welcome and relaxed”.

Mr Evans, who only achieved Mr Chatfield that working day, reported he did not see his cellmate use drugs or hear him discuss about carrying out so.

The former firefighter claimed he identified as for assistance immediately after seeing Mr Chatfield hit the floor.

“It was like he was possessing a suit,” Mr Evans told the inquest.

One of the officers at Tamworth Correctional Centre that working day, David Mezanaric, informed the inquest he understood of the victim having two seizures on 19 September – one particular in his mobile and 1 in a cure room just before paramedics arrived.

The victim’s mom, Nioka Chatfield, reported the grief she felt after the loss of life of her son “became like a long-term illness” and her relatives required accountability to go ahead.

“I can’t explain to you how my boy shed existence … there are heaps of unanswered thoughts,” Ms Chatfield mentioned following the first working day of the inquest.

“I am only concentrating on the really like that will in no way alter for my boy. The boy who I saw smiling down at me when I was tying his laces … the teen I noticed actively playing soccer, and the young 22-yr-aged who misplaced his lifestyle in custody.”

NSW Corrective Services at the time claimed Mr Chatfield’s death was not suspicious, telling his family he took his own existence.

Mr Chatfield died right after two times at Tamworth Base Hospital on 22 September, 2017.

The inquest carries on on Tuesday.

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