• Tanya Day's daughter Apryl Watson speaks to the media during a news conference outside the Coroners Court of Victoria. (AAP)Source: AAP
The family of a Yorta Yorta woman who died after falling and hitting her head while in a police cell say the authorities did not care about her.
6 Sep 2019 - 3:13 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2019 - 3:40 PM

The family of an Aboriginal woman who died after hitting her head in a Victorian police cell wants the world to watch the distressing footage of her final conscious hours.

CCTV captures Tanya Day falling five times in a Castlemaine cell within a two-and-a-half-hour period after she was arrested for being drunk on a train on December 5, 2017.

Coroner Caitlin English released the footage at the request of the Day family on Friday.

"The privacy of Ms Day, regarding trauma and stress, is not an issue here because unusually Ms Day's family are advocating strongly for the release of the footage," she told the coroners court.

"In fact, they are advocating for the very opposite of the protection of privacy, and reject invisibility."

While "unbearably painful" to watch, Ms Day's eldest daughter Belinda Stevens said it was vital to giving her mother a voice.

"This CCTV footage shows the last few hours that our mum was conscious. It shows her being denied her basic humanity and dignity," she said outside court.

"Imagine having to watch your mum die in this way, with nobody held responsible.

"We want the world to see this footage because it is what our mum would have wanted."

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Ms Stevens said her mother would still be alive today if she were not Aboriginal.

The inquest has previously heard police put Ms Day in a cell to "sober up".

They did not enter Ms Day's cell from 3.56pm until 8.03pm, when they noticed a bruise on her forehead and called an ambulance.

The 55-year-old Yorta Yorta woman died 17 days after her arrest from a brain haemorrhage caused by a fall in the cell at 4.51pm.

CCTV footage showed her condition was deteriorating from this time.

Daughter Apryl Watson said the police conduct at the inquest proved they did not care about her mother.

"Throughout the whole proceedings, we've seen them latch onto any narrative they can without actually admitting that they have done something wrong," she said.

Apryl Watson walked out of court as Lisa Harrup, the first paramedic to attend to Ms Day in the cell apologised for rough handling.

"I was neither intentionally rough with Ms Day or disrespectful," Ms Harrup wept.

"I actually felt sorry for Ms Day. She had been kept in a dirty, foul-smelling concrete cell for four hours."

CCTV captures Ms Harrup pulling Ms Day onto the stretcher by the left arm. When first shown this footage, Ms Day's family and friends gasped.

"I would have handled my mother or sister in the same way as Ms Day," she said.

"That said, I understand Ms Day's family are upset by the footage they have seen and I regret if my actions have contributed to their distress."

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