Two Victoria Police officers criticised by a coroner for their conduct on the day in 2017 that Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day suffered a fatal fall while in custody have escaped serious disciplinary action.

Prosecutors announced in August that there would be no charges against Sergeant Edwina Neale and Leading Senior Constable Danny Wolters, despite deputy state coroner Caitlin English referring the officers to be assessed for criminal charges.

Tanya Day in the Castlemaine police cell where she hit her head at least five times.

Tanya Day in the Castlemaine police cell where she hit her head at least five times.Credit:Coroners Court of Victoria

The Age revealed on Thursday that the police force and the State of Victoria were being sued by the family of Ms Day, whose death from injuries sustained in a fall in the cells of the Castlemaine Police Station in December 2017 came after she had been detained for public drunkenness.

In the wake of the tragedy, one of the state’s highest profile Aboriginal deaths in custody of recent years, the state government has said it will remove the offence of public drunkenness from the statute books.



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