Ms Dhu inquest: family walks out after being told death in custody 'regrettable' | Australia news | The Guardian: Almost three hours after the pair were checked into separate cells, Dhu, who had told police upon being processed that she had broken her ribs some weeks previously, and had later repeated that information to Sharples, began to complain of severe pain.
After asking her to rate her pain on a scale of one to 10 and getting a response of “10”, Sharples said she told her superviser, Sergeant Ronald Patchett, that Dhu had requested to go to hospital, which Patchett approved after assessing Dhu himself.
Then the junior police officer, who had only been out of the academy two years, decided to let Dhu wait with her until she could be taken to hospital.
“I went back down and she said, ‘Miss, I am in a lot of pain’, and I couldn’t justify leaving her in the cell, so I brought her up to the charge room and I saw with her,” Sharples told Philip Urquhart, the council assisting the coroner, on Monday.
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