A 95-year-old great-grandmother, Clare Nowland, sadly passed away on Wednesday, one week after being tasered by an Australian police officer inside her nursing home, according to authorities.
Following the May 17 confrontation that shocked the nation and garnered international attention, Clare had been in critical condition in the hospital. New South Wales state police confirmed her peaceful passing in a statement, expressing deep sadness and extending condolences to her family and loved ones, told
Shortly before her passing, a 33-year-old senior constable was charged with several offenses, including recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and common assault, relating to the tasering incident. The officer has been suspended with pay and is scheduled to appear in court on July 5.
Police Commissioner Karen Webb informed Clare’s family about the serious charges and commended the detectives for their swift action following the distressing event.
The incident unfolded when police were called to Yallambee Lodge nursing home in southern New South Wales after staff reported that a woman was in possession of a knife. According to the police, they instructed Clare to drop the serrated steak knife, but she continued to approach them slowly with her walking frame. In response, an officer discharged his taser.
The incident has sparked public outcry, leading to demands for a parliamentary inquiry in New South Wales and the release of the police body camera footage capturing the confrontation. State Greens MP Sue Higginson emphasized the urgent need for police reform, expressing the community’s outrage and the necessity for transparency.
Higginson insisted that the release of the footage is crucial for understanding the events surrounding Clare Nowland’s tasering and for initiating the necessary steps toward meaningful change.