Police and ambulance crew attend to the 61-year-old man who
died yesterday morning, after being ignored lying in a
Dunedin park overnight. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
An unconscious 61-year-old diabetic man, believed to have
been lying unwell on a Dunedin park bench since Sunday, died
soon after St John ambulance staff arrived at the scene
Sergeant Ed Baker, of Dunedin police, said Donald James Caley
was found at the changing rooms next to Guthrie Pavilion at
Bayfield Park yesterday morning.
When ambulance staff arrived there were ''signs of life'',
but Mr Caley died soon afterwards, Sgt Baker said.
Delta drainage foreman Evan Woodrow said his workers had been
running new power cables between substations at the park,
which is near Andersons Bay inlet. A Delta worker arrived at
the park yesterday morning and telephoned emergency services
after he saw Mr Caley lying unconscious on a bench outside
the changing rooms.
The man had a wallet, a bag and bicycle helmet and had
appeared to be dead, Mr Woodrow said.
Ambulance staff told him the man was diabetic and were in
disbelief that a member of the public had not called
emergency services earlier, he said.
A man approached the Delta crew yesterday morning and told
them he had seen the man lying there on Sunday, Mr Woodrow
''The joker told me that he [Mr Caley] didn't look well. Why
didn't somebody do something yesterday? They could have
walked over and if he couldn't talk, you would have rung an
ambulance, wouldn't you?''
That man would not have been the only person to have seen the
unwell man because the park was used regularly by many
people, Mr Woodrow said.
''It's rude that people have walked past and left him there
like that, especially last night with it being so cold. It
shouldn't have happened. They should have called the police
straight away. It's a free call. It is disgusting. Dunedin
[people] are not looking after people who are sick. That's
what it boils down to.''
Sgt Baker said if somebody was found unconscious, assistance
should be sought immediately.
Mr Caley's death was not suspicious and he had a known
condition, Sgt Baker said.
The earliest sighting of the man lying outside the changing
rooms was on Sunday, between 9am and 10am, Sgt Baker said.
Police were interested to hear from anyone who had seen the
man there before then.
Mr Caley had been missing for a couple of days, Sgt Baker
Senior Constable Rob Murray, of Dunedin, said Mr Caley worked
as a labourer and was dropped near his home in South Dunedin
on Friday evening, where he lived alone.
Dunedin City Council sport fields and facilities officer
Harold Driver said the changing rooms at Bayfield Park were
not booked at the weekend but the park was open to the
The park did not have a security patrol, he said.
Dunedin Track Club spokeswoman Netty Lastovicka said the
Guthrie Pavilion had not been booked at the weekend.