Three police officers accused of manslaughter after a man died in their custody have opted to not take the witness stand and the defence has decided not to call any witnesses in their High Court trial in New Plymouth.
The trial has ended for the day.
Allen Ball died on the floor of a cell at Hāwera Police Station exactly two years ago.
He was arrested as the result of a family harm incident in a highly intoxicated state.
The Crown alleges the officers, who have name suppression, were grossly negligent in their duty of care to the 55-year-old, particularly in failing to provide medical care to a person in their custody in a vulnerable state.
The ongoing trial resumed late this morning, with Justice Susan Thomas granting Ball’s family — including siblings from Australia who have flown over for the trial — to spend time together outside the courtroom on the anniversary of his death.