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Scott's widow calls prison guard a murderer

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 19 April 2005

The widow of a man who died in custody has disrupted Darwin court proceedings by accusing a prison guard of murdering her husband.

A coronial inquest found Douglas Bruce Scott hanged himself in jail in 1985.

But his widow, Letty Scott, is trying to prove in a civil trial that he was killed by prison guards.

A prison officer who was on duty the night Mr Scott died gave evidence in the Northern Territory Supreme Court today.

He told the court he saw Mr Scott hanging from the ceiling.

Mr Lawson said he heard stomach noises coming from Mr Scott and checked for signs of life.

But he told the court he did not attempt resuscitation because he believed Mr Scott was beyond help.

During questioning, Mrs Scott yelled out on several occasions, calling the witness a murderer.

The judge threatened to remove Mrs Scott from court if she continued to disrupt the proceedings.

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