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Baton could have caused mark on dead prisoner's neck: expert

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 13 April 2005

A forensic specialist has told a Darwin court a mark on the neck of an Aboriginal man who died in custody could be from significant pressure being applied to the area.

Douglas Bruce Scott died in jail in 1985.

A coronial inquest found Mr Scott hanged himself but Mr Scott's widow believes he was killed by prison guards and she is challenging the inquest's findings.

United States forensic specialist Cyril Wecht gave evidence via video link today.

He told the Northern Territory Supreme Court an area of discolouration around Mr Scott's neck could be from a firm object, such as a baton, being pressed into the area.

Dr Wecht said such an action could result in cardiac arrest.

The trial continues.

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