Staff give evidence at Coroner's hearing for Taradale schoolboy who died after accidental strangling

By Annette Hilton

Nine-year-old Aryan Banerjee died from critical head injuries, four months after the incident. Photo / Supplied
Nine-year-old Aryan Banerjee died from critical head injuries, four months after the incident. Photo / Supplied

A Coroner's hearing into the death of a Napier school boy who was accidentally strangled on a toilet window has heard there was no handle on the door.

Nine-year-old Aryan Banerjee died from critical head injuries in September last year.

He was strangled after his shirt collar got caught on a window which he climbed out because the door jammed.

Coroner Tim Scott has heard the door handle was left on the ground in front of the toilet, while it was being repaired.

A staff member says the door was not taped off to stop children from using the toilet, because it should have been a quick fix.

Staff members are today giving evidence today at the Coroner's hearing.

Coroner Tim Scott will today look at the actions of key staff members involved in the incident and what school procedures have been changed as a result of the death.

WorkSafe New Zealand decided last November to take no legal action against the school or its staff members.

Five people are scheduled to give evidence today at the hearing including the police officer in charge of the investigation, school staff members and a representative from WorkSafe New Zealand.

- Newstalk ZB

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