The 36-year-old Aboriginal woman was found dead after being taken into protective custody because she appeared intoxicated

An Aboriginal woman who died in a police cell in New South Wales would have survived if police had physically checked her and called an ambulance when they realised she was unconscious, an inquest has heard.

Rebecca Lyn Maher was found dead in cell four of the Maitland police station at 5.54am on 19 July 2016, about five hours after being taken into protective custody because she appeared intoxicated and had wandered into oncoming traffic at Cessnock in the Hunter Valley.

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