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The story was first reported by RNZ, which found Christchurch company Crime Scene Cleaners had posted images to its Facebook and Instagram accounts – including graphic images of decomposing human remains, and images of cleanup work in the aftermath of suspected suicides.
New Zealand laws restrict the publication of details relating to suspected or confirmed suicides that suggest the method of death. A death may not be referred to as a suicide until the coroner has made that determination after a coronial investigation.
Crime Scene Cleaners general manager, Carl Loader, told the Guardian he and the company were “deeply upset that our social media pages have caused the reaction that they have today. We sincerely apologise to anyone that has been offended by them.
“We had thought that by sharing some of the images from our work, we would raise awareness of some important social issues, and what our company do[es]," 彼は言った. “As the manager, I should have kept a close eye on the content that was being shared.”
Loader said the company had taken down all social media pages, and would be “reviewing our future on social media”.
Speaking to RNZ, some customers who had employed the service after the death of a family member said that homes were clearly identifiable in some of the images posted, with a variety of identifying objects.
RNZ reported that in one photo posted to social media, a smiling staff member held a piece of human bone, after working to clean a train that had hit and killed the person. Other photos of human remains were published with casual or degrading captions, RNZ reported. Some of the images or captions allegedly indicated how the person had died.
The photos in question have now been removed. The company’s website says it specialises in crime scene and trauma cleanup. “We understand your requirements for the highest level of discretion and have highly trained professional technicians in biological forensic decontamination & remediation ready to tackle your issue,」と書かれています.
“The aftermath of a self-inflicted death or homicide can be disturbing and leave scenes that can cause additional emotional trauma. Cleaning these scenes is best left to trained professionals who are not personally involved with the family.”
A coronial spokesperson at New Zealand’s ministry of justice said “The behaviour in question that may have breached the Coroners Act includes Crime Scene Cleaners publishing photos and comments on social media that mention the method of suicide.
“The office of the chief coroner is considering whether any breaches … have occurred," 彼らは言った. “The Coroners Act also enables a coroner to prohibit the making public of any evidence given at any part of a coronial inquiry, in the interests of justice, [object Window], public order, or personal privacy.”