Fresh calls for criminal charges over Mr Ward’s death in custody

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Campaigners have called on the West Australian Director of Public Prosecutions to review his decision not to lay criminal charges over the 2008 death in custody of Mr Ward. The 48-year old Mr Ward – whose first name cannot be given for cultural reasons – died of heatstroke on a 42 degree day in a prison van after being arrested for drink driving. Last week the private transport company responsible pleaded guilty to failing to prevent his death after charges were laid under the occupational health and safety act.

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