NSW government sued over fatal tasering of 95-year-old Clare Nowland

The family of a 95-year-old woman who died after she was tasered by police in an aged care home is suing the NSW government.

The civil case came before Bega District Court on Tuesday, with Clare Margaret Nowland listed as the plaintiff.

It’s understood the civil proceedings were initially filed while the 95-year-old was still fighting for her life in Cooma Hospital, with her family now pursuing the case since her death in May.

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The case has been adjourned until August 24.

Nowland died in Cooma Hospital on May 24, a week after she was tasered at the Yallambee Lodge aged care home in Cooma.

Clare Nowland’s family is suing the state of NSW after she was tasered in an aged care home. Credit: AAP

The grandmother, who had dementia and weighed just 43kg, was confronted by police while using a walking frame and holding a steak knife.

She was tasered and fell, striking her head on the ground.

Nowland clung to life for a week with critical injuries including a fractured skull.

Senior Constable Kristian White was charged over her death and appeared in Cooma Court Local Court via video link last week.

The 33-year-old officer, who is stood down on full pay, has been charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

He is yet to enter a plea and the matter will return to court on September 6.

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