June 15, 2013
A 62-year-old Afghan asylum seeker has died in the Wickham Point detention centre near Darwin, after staff found him unconscious.
Northern Territory police are investigating the man’s death, confirmed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on Saturday.
DIAC said police would prepare a report for the coroner.
A department spokesman said the man was found unconscious at 8.30am (CST) on Saturday.
“Service provider staff, including health services staff, tried to revive the man but were not successful,” the spokesman said in a statement.
“The department expresses its sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased man and will co-operate fully with the coroner.”