Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Malcolm Patrick O'DRISCOLL

Inquest into the Death of Malcolm Patrick O’DRISCOLL

Delivered on :19 June 2019

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Coroner Jenkin

Recommendations : N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : N/A

Summary : At the time of his death, the deceased was a sentenced prisoner at Acacia Prison. He died on 15 April 2017 aged 66- years.

The deceased had an extensive criminal record and had been admitted to prison in Western Australia on 11 occasions. On 3 October 2008, the deceased was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his defacto partner. He was ordered to serve a minimum term of 19 years before being eligible for parole.

The deceased had a complex medical history including heart disease and vascular disease and he attended numerous medical and specialist appointments with respect to his conditions. The deceased was housed in the assisted care unit at Acacia Prison which is designed to provide additional help to prisoners unable to cope in mainstream cells. Prisoners in the unit are subject to regular checks. The deceased was last seen at 4.15 am on 15 April 2017 and seemed fine. At about 6.25 am, the deceased was found unresponsive in his cell. A medical emergency was called but despite the efforts of custodial and nursing staff, the deceased could not be revived. The deceased was declared dead by St John Ambulance officers at 7.03am.

The Coroner found the deceased died from acute myocardial infarction on a background of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and that death occurred by way of natural causes.

Having regard to all of the circumstances of the deceased’s incarceration, the Coroner was satisfied that the supervision, treatment and care provided to the deceased was reasonable and appropriate.

Catch Words : Death in Custody : Code Blue Medical Emergency : Natural Causes

Last updated: 28-Jun-2019

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