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Family want Dhu footage released

AAP logoAAP 16/09/2016

The mother and grandmother of an Aboriginal woman who died in WA Police custody have asked the WA Coroner to release security footage of the 22-year-old's final hours to the media in its entirety.

Ms Dhu, whose first name is not used for cultural reasons, died two days after being locked up at South Hedland Police Station in August 2014 for unpaid fines totalling $3622, stemming from charges including assaulting police.

Her grandmother Carol Roe and mother Della Roe have both written to Coroner Ros Fogliani this week to say they have no objection to the entire footage of Ms Dhu's final moments being released "in a non-exclusive manner".

Ms Dhu's family initially opposed media requests to obtain vision from the lock-up, which was repeatedly played during a coronial inquest, but their lawyers later said the family had reconsidered their position and believed it was in the public interest.

However, Ms Fogliani dismissed the application, saying the footage was distressing and Ms Dhu's privacy outweighed the public interest.

Renewed calls for the footage to be released has seen the matter listed for hearing on September 28.

Premier Colin Barnett previously said the government did not oppose releasing the footage but it was the coroner's decision.

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said Ms Fogliani gave good reasons for her decision but added he did not oppose the release of the footage.

Ms Dhu died during her third visit in as many days to the Hedland Health Campus from staphylococcal septicaemia and pneumonia, following an infection in her fractured ribs that spread to her lungs.

Ms Fogliani is expected to deliver her findings from the inquest later this year.

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