Reg­gae star’s stab sui­cide dur­ing cop raid

Midweek Sport - - GADGET BOY -

REG­GAE star Smi­ley Cul­ture killed him­self dur­ing a po­lice raid, an in­quest has ruled.

The 48-year-old – real name David Em­manuel ( above) – died from a sin­gle stab wound to the heart while in the kitchen of his Warlingham home.

The Brix­ton-born singer who shot to fame with Po­lice Of­fi­cer in the 80s, was vis­ited by of­fi­cers on March 15 last year and ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of im­port­ing Class A drugs.

The in­quest into his death held at Wok­ing Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Civic Of­fice, heard he was with an of­fi­cer when he stabbed him­self.

Re­turn­ing their ver­dict af­ter three days of de­lib­er­a­tion, the jury said: “Giv­ing one of­fi­cer the re­spon­si­bil­ity to su­per­vise Mr Em­manuel and at the same time com­plet­ing the premises search book, was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in his death.”

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