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