In­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter death


Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - SALLY WARDLE ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­ Twit­ter: @GetWestLon­don

STAFF at Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion could face man­slaugh­ter charges af­ter the death of a home­less man who was ‘ejected’ from the build­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tors will de­cide whether two Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Ser­vice em­ploy­ees should be charged af­ter a man died out­side the sta­tion, ac­cord­ing to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (IPCC).

Per­i­cles Mala­gardis, 63, was found un­re­spon­sive out­side Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion on March 5 last year, hours af­ter be­ing ejected from the re­cep­tion.

The IPCC has asked the Crown Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice (CPS) to con­sider if charges of gross neg­li­gence man­slaugh­ter should be brought against two mem­bers of Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice staff.

Both have had re­stric­tions placed on their du­ties, a Met Po­lice spokesman con­firmed to GetWestLon­don.

Mr Mala­gardis, who had been sleep­ing rough at Heathrow Air­port , vis­ited the po­lice sta­tion on March 4 2016 to col­lect his dog, which had been put in ken­nels while he went to hospi­tal.

The Greek na­tional was asked to leave at 12.40am the next day and re­moved by staff, but stayed out­side.

He was found un­re­spon­sive at around 5.30am and taken to hospi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead at 6.45am.

IPCC in­ves­ti­gated the ‘level of care’ pro­vided

The IPCC said its in­ves­ti­ga­tion had cen­tred on the de­ci­sion to re­move the man and the level of care pro­vided by staff in the hours af­ter and when he was found un­re­spon­sive.

Tom Mil­som, IPCC as­so­ci­ate com­mis­sioner, said: “Our thoughts re­main with Mr Mala­gardis’ fam­ily and friends and every­one af­fected by his death.

“We will now await a CPS de­ci­sion on the mat­ter.

“Our re­port on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­clud­ing our find­ings as to whether or not the of­fi­cers should face mis­con­duct pro­ceed­ings, has also been pro­vided to the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Ser­vice and we await its re­sponse.”

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