Man’s treat­ment at po­lice sta­tion may lead to man­slaugh­ter charges

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PO­LICE staff could face man­slaugh­ter charges af­ter the death of a man who was liv­ing rough at Heathrow Air­port.

The In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (IPCC) an­nounced pros­e­cu­tors are to de­cide whether two Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Ser­vice em­ploy­ees should be charged in con­nec­tion with the death of Per­i­cles Mala­gardis.

Mr Mala­gardis, 63, who had been sleep­ing rough at the air­port, vis­ited a nearby po­lice sta­tion on March 4 last year to col­lect his dog, which had been placed in ken­nels while he went to hospi­tal.

But he was found un­re­spon­sive out­side Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion the fol­low­ing day, hours af­ter be­ing ejected from the reception area.

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

The Greek na­tional was asked to leave at 12.40am on March 5 and re­moved by staff, but re­mained out­side.

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

Both staff mem­bers have had re­stric­tions placed on their du­ties, a Met Po­lice spokesman con­firmed

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