Justice for Kingsley - Inquest Victory

Death in custody was neglect, rules inquest jury

source: Birmingham Mail
published: 15 May 2015

A four-year battle for justice ended in victory as an inquest jury found neglect contributed to the death of Kingsley Burrell. The 29-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest after being restrained for a prolonged period of time with a towel over his head at the Oleaster Health Unit.

At the conclusion of the five-week inquest it was ruled force used by the police in restraining Kingsley was excessive and contributed to his death.

It also found a covering was placed over the dad’s head as he was transported between A&E at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Oleaster Unit on the same site.

That covering remained on his head even after he had been restrained in a seclusion room.

Jurors founds police, paramedics, A&E staff and staff at the mental health unit should all have removed the covering.

Failings were also found in seeking treatment for Kingsley as his condition deteriorated.

Following the damning verdict Kingsley’s family and friends called for those responsible to face criminal charges and for a public inquiry to be carried out.

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