Category Archives: Deaths in Custody – neglect

Police sergeant among accused in manslaughter trial over death in custody

Kingshott, Marsden, Tansley
Kingshott, Marsden, Tansley

A police custody sergeant and two detention officers are to go on trial accused of killing a schizophrenic church caretaker who collapsed while in custody.

Sergeant Jan Kingshott, 44, and civilian staff Simon Tansley, 38, and Michael Marsden, 55, face trial at Bristol Crown Court.

The three defendants each deny two joint charges of the manslaughter of Thomas Orchard.

The first charge alleges that on October 10 2012 they did an act or series of acts which unlawfully killed Mr Orchard.

The second charge alleges that on the same day the Devon and Cornwall officers unlawfully killed Mr Orchard by gross negligence.

Mr Orchard died in hospital seven days after he was allegedly restrained at Exeter’s main police station having been earlier arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

The trial is expected to last up to seven weeks before High Court Judge Mr Justice King.

Inquest jury return highly critical verdict on death in custody

Inquest touching on the death of Habib Ullah: before HM Coroner for Buckinghamshire, Richard Hulett. Jury return comprehensive and highly critical misadventure and narrative conclusion in relation to the level of force used to restrain Habib Ullah and the lack of appropriate after care provided by police. Habib “Paps” Ullah, a 39 year old father… Continue Reading

Deaths in custody “were avoidable”

The deaths in custody of hundreds of people with mental health problems could have been avoided, according to an inquiry. Repeated basic errors, poor communication and a lack of rigorous procedures were found to have contributed to deaths in police cells, prisons and psychiatric hospitals. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) examined the period… Continue Reading

INQUEST response to the YJB Child Deaths Report

INQUEST response to Youth Justice Board report on deaths of children in custody Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST said: “Whilst this report offers some insight into the Board’s learning from child deaths, it can be no substitute for a wider review. “INQUEST’s work on the deaths of children shows the same issues of concern repeat… Continue Reading

YJB Child Deaths In Custody – Lessons Learnt Report Published

The YJB’s report Deaths of Children in Custody: Action Taken, Lessons Learnt explains the actions taken by the YJB in response to recommendations made by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, coroners and Serious Case Reviews, following the deaths of children in custody since 2000. It also identifies the work that still needs to be undertaken… Continue Reading

Holme House Prison Damned By Inquest Jury

In a damning verdict returned late on Thursday 13 June, the jury in the inquest into the death of Andrew Hall on 27 March 2009 found that he took his own life whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed, contributed to by neglect. This is the third short form neglect verdict returned following a… Continue Reading