source: Buzz Feed
published: 19 July 2017
The mother of an Aboriginal woman who died in a NSW police station one year ago has spoken of her family’s heartbreak and has raised questions about why her daughter was in custody in the first place.
Rebecca Maher, 36, died in the Maitland police station after being picked up on a street in Cessnock, in the Hunter region, in the early hours of July 19 last year. She was not under arrest, but was instead detained in police custody overnight, where she was found dead in a cell at 6am the following morning.
Maher came to the police’s attention after witnesses claimed to have see her walking on the street in a heavily intoxicated state.Her mother Debbie Small later told the ABC she had the family had concerns about whether she was intoxicated at all.
At a rally on Wednesday, which drew about 100 supporters outside of NSW Parliament House, family friend Kathy Malera-Bandjalan read out a statement written by Small, where she spoke of her family’s heartbreak in the year since Maher’s death.