Upgraded manslaughter charge for cop who tasered 95yo

Officer accused over Clare Nowland's Taser death faces court

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Charges against a NSW police officer accused of fatally tasering a 95-year-old grandmother will be upgraded to manslaughter.

Clare Nowland, who had dementia, died after she was allegedly stunned by Senior Constable Kristian White, 33, in her Cooma aged-care home in the early hours of May 17.

She was confronted by police as she used a walking frame and holding a steak knife before she was tasered and fell, hitting her head on the ground.

Nowland spent a week in hospital after sustaining critical injuries, including a fractured skull, before she died.

White was charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

An additional charge of manslaughter has been laid against the senior constable following advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, NSW Police said on Wednesday.

NSW Police have fielded criticism for not revealing for 36 hours that a Taser had been used during the incident, previously claiming the delay was needed to inform Nowland’s family.

However, the claim was undermined by an internal police document released last week showing the senior next-of-kin was informed by midday on May 17.

It has previously been revealed that police removed any mention of paramedics, a knife and a Taser in their first statement issued on the afternoon of May 17.

White remains suspended from duty with pay. He will next appear in court on December 6.

Nowland’s family is suing the state of NSW and appealing to view bodycam footage of the incident.


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