Police failings found to have contributed to the death of a man restrained by doormen

27.06.14 | |

This inquest concerned the death of Mr Hughes who died at the age of 32 following his being restrained outside a nightclub by two doormen. During the course of the restraint he was held face down by the doormen on the ground for between 6 and 7 minutes, he lost consciousness and suffered serious crush injuries. The inquest jury found that the police officers that attended the scene failed to carry out basic assessments of his condition, failed to provide any First Aid and failed to call for an ambulance. Instead, assuming he was drunk when in fact he was deeply unconscious, they handcuffed him and drove him some 9 miles to the police station. En route the police officers stopped to adjust Mr Hughes’ position in the police car and again failed to recognise he was in urgent need of medical attention. By the time the officers reached the police station Mr Hughes had gone into cardiac arrest and although doctors managed to restart his heart they were unable to save him and he died of traumatic asphyxia. The evidence of Dr Cary (pathologist), accepted by the jury, was that up until the time Mr Hughes suffered a cardiac arrest there was an opportunity to save his life, and that had the officers managed his airways and called for an ambulance it was probable he would have survived. 


Alison Gerry represented the family of Mr Hughes instructed by Sophie Priestly at Hickman and Rose.


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