Australia

Death in custody: Aboriginal man dies in Darwin

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Image caption All Northern Territory deaths in custody are subject to coronial investigation

A 31-year-old Aboriginal man has died in custody at a prison in Darwin.

Guards discovered the man's body in his cell just before 6:30 AEST (21:30 GMT) and attempts to resuscitate him were not successful.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death and will prepare a report for the coroner.

The corrections department said foul play was not suspected and counselling would be available to the man's family, inmates and prison staff.

Indigenous people represent about 3% of Australia's population but have imprisonment rates around 12 times higher than the rest of the country.

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