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Victorian Prisoner "Gassed" To Death By Officers

A Melbourne prisoner died in custody from suffocation after guards deployed tear gas, a dog unit and riot shields, pressing down on him as he lay on his stomach with his arms shackled behind his back, a coroner has heard.

Hizir Ferman, 35, died at the medium-security Loddon Prison in Castlemaine in July 2016, during an operation to move him from his room after he assaulted two prison guards.

Respiratory expert Associate Professor Lou Irving on Monday told an inquest he believed Ferman was "progressively suffocated" and appeared "floppy" when he was sat up after being restrained in a prone position for several minutes.

AAP

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