24 Dec 2008

Toxicology report awaited on dead man in police cell

6:09 am on 24 December 2008

Police in Whakatane are waiting for the results of a toxicology report to determine the cause of death of a Spanish man in their cells on Friday.

Francisco Javier De Larratea Soler, 43, was highly intoxicated when picked him up about 11.30am on Friday. He was found dead in a routine cell check at about 5.20pm.

Inspector Steve Bullock says the post-mortem revealed that the death was not due to any physical injuries.