Unlawful killing ruling for G4S guards
An inquest jury found that Angolan man Jimmy Mubenga, who died after being restrained by G4S guards on deportation flight to Angola from the UK, was unlawfully killed.
Jimmy Mubenga died on board a plane at Heathrow airport in October 2010. Following an eight-week inquest, on the 9th July 2013 the jury recorded a majority verdict of nine to one of unlawful killing after four days of deliberations. The Crown Prosecution Service said it would reconsider its original decision not to bring criminal charges in the wake of the verdict.
They heard that Mubenga had been calling out for help as the three guards – Stuart Tribelnig, Terry Hughes and Colin Kaler – heavily restrained him for more than half an hour. Several passengers said they heard him shouting that he could not breathe and that he was crying out: "They're going to kill me."
Returning the verdict of unlawful killing, the jury foreman said: "Based on the evidence we have heard, we find that Mr Mubenga was pushed or held down by one or more of the guards, causing his breathing to be impeded. We find that they were using unreasonable force and acting in an unlawful manner. The fact that Mr Mubenga was pushed or held down, or a combination of the two, was a significant, that is more than minimal, cause of death."
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