Man dies in police custody at Lismore

A police investigation has been launched into the death of a 23-year-old man in Lismore yesterday who was in police custody after allegedly acting irrationally in Bangalow.

The man died while being treated by medical staff at Lismore Hospital after he had been taken there by police for treatment around 11am yesterday.

A critical incident investigation to look at all circumstances surrounding the incident has been launched due to the man being in police custody.

No further details were available.

One response to “Man dies in police custody at Lismore”

  1. George Newhouse says:

    Update. 1pm – 19.1.16.

    The funeral of David Dungay Hill Jr was held today 19.1.16 from 11am in South Kempsey.

    A great many are affected by his death. A large funeral procession has blocked local traffic for over 100 metres. Police are directing vehicles.

    Mr Hill died just before New Year’s Eve at Long Bay under suspicious circumstances. The family understood that he was due for parole in a matter of weeks.

    Statement from George Newhouse, solicitor representing the Dungay Hill family:

    “The family are extremely concerned that Corrective Services NSW are sweeping this matter under the carpet by distracting from the real cause of death.

    “Corrective Services NSW are doing this by cynically referring to his long term medical condition (which the family believe was not being treated properly).

    “The family does not accept the line that the death was from natural causes.

    “The family are concerned that Corrective Services NSW may be sweeping their son’s death under the carpet by suggesting that there are no suspicious circumstances or that the death was linked to his medical condition.

    “The events of the day are the subject of a serious police/correctional investigation.

    “He died at the hands of Corrective Services officers and their contractors. Serious questions must be asked of the NSW Department of Corrective Services about their treatment of Mr David Dungay Hill Jr on that day,” said Mr Newhouse.

    The funeral was impressive. Family members wore matching t-shirts commemorating Mr Hill. Flowers in red, black and yellow were carried by mourners.

    Mr Hill’s coffin was decorated with a dot painting motif selected by the family.

    Amateur iphone vision of the funeral and media conference will be available to media later today. It is requested that faces be blurred where possible.

    Kylie Hill can be approached about sharing photogrphs at

    A media conference will be held on the steps of Kempsey Council at 2:00pm on 19 Jan 2016,
    24 Tozer St Kempsey.

    George Newhouse
    Solicitor to Family
    0422 255 109

    Vision, images from:

    Jane Salmon
    02 9499 3886
    0417 919 354
    [email protected]

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