Coroner slams corrections officers actions in suicide case

An ACT Coroner has found the behaviour of corrections officers at the Magistrates Court last year contributed to the death of a mentally ill prisoner.

Coroner Grant Lalor has released his findings on the death of psychologist Tania Lioulios who attempted suicide last year while being transported from the courts in a prison van.

Mrs Lioulios was identified as a prisoner at risk when she appeared before a Magistrate last year.

She had already attempted suicide less than 24 hours earlier and told police she would kill herself.

Despite her mental state Mrs Lioulios was held in the cells for four and a half hours, in which time time she repeatedly bashed her head against the wall and tried to kill herself.

Coroner Lalor found that Corrections Officers should have been aware of the prisoner’s mental condition.



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