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Family break silence after 'beautiful mum, nana' Tasered by officer dies



The family of a 95-year-old woman Tasered by a NSW police officer have expressed their "great sadness" after her death.

Claire Nowland's family published a tribute in The Monaro Post about the "beautiful mum, nana and great-grandmother" to thank hospital staff after the aged care resident was admitted to Cooma Base Hospital in a critical condition on May 18.

"With great sadness, the Nowland family share that our beloved Clare passed away whilst surrounded by the love and support of her family," the statement said.

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"We wish to thank the staff at Cooma Hospital for their care and support for Clare and our family."

Less than an hour before her death, Senior Constable Kristian White was charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

The 33-year-old has been suspended from duty with pay and is due to appear in Cooma Local Court on July 5.

Police have not said if charges will be upgraded following Nowland's death. 

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Senior Constable Kristian White has been stood down with pay after Tasering 95-year-old Claire Nowland.

Speaking before Nowland died, NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb said it was possible.

"The Nowland family have been informed of this development and our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Nowland this evening," Webb said.

Police last week said the elderly resident, who was using a walking frame, was holding a serrated steak knife and "moving at a slow pace" when she was Tasered.

A critical incident investigation was launched by the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad.

Nowland had eight children, 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, with four more expected this year.

White has been a police officer for about 12 years.

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