An Australian police officer has been charged with manslaughter after he allegedly tasered a 95-year-old woman with dementia in a nursing home.
Clare Nowland, a great-grandmother, died in hospital in May, one week after police were called to the home in Cooma, New South Wales, by care home staff who reported a resident armed with a knife.
Kristian White, a 33-year-old senior constable, allegedly tasered Nowland at the home after asking her to drop a steak knife she was holding.
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Nowland, who had a walking aid, fell and hit her head, fracturing her skull.
White, who has since been suspended from his role with pay, was initially charged with multiple offenses including recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and assault.
In a statement published online on Wednesday, New South Wales Police said: “Following advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad have today laid an additional charge of Manslaughter against a 33-year-old Senior Constable attached to the Monaro Police District.”