Jury finds that death in police custody in Benidorm contributed to by neglect

28.03.17 | |


A jury sitting in Bolton returned a verdict of misadventure contributed to by neglect following an inquest into the death of Tony Abbott.  Tony died whilst he was on holiday in Spain with his family.  Following his arrest by the Spanish police, he was found hanged in a custody cell 18 minutes after being placed in the cell. The jury found that there were a number of significant factors which contributed to Tony’s death.  In particular, recommendations to amend the cell doors and insert a camera in the cells or alternatively at the other end of the corridor had not been implemented. 


The Senior Coroner for Manchester, Professor Jennifer Leeming, also stated that she will issue a Prevention of Future Death report including her concerns about lack of CPR training for the police in Spain.  The CCTV footage showed that the police failed to provide CPR or basic first aid to Tony after he was found in his cell. This Report will be issued to the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Keina Yoshida acted for Tony’s family, instructed by Anna Moore, Leigh Day.


Press coverage in The Bolton News.

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