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Mikey Powell inquest hears ambulance request tape

Issue No. 2182

Evidence is continuing to be heard at an inquest into the death of Mikey Powell. Mikey died six years ago in a prison cell at Thornhill Road police station after being arrested outside his family home in Lozells, Birmingham.

An emergency phone call by police requesting an ambulance for Mikey has been played to jurors.

In the recording, an officer was heard to describe Mikey as “unconscious”, having earlier been “uncooperative” and “going mad”.

Police arrested Mikey outside his mother’s house in September 2003 after a struggle in which he was sprayed with CS gas.

The tape of the phone call was played in response to an earlier request from the jury.

In the recording, the officer, who refers to herself as COA (Custody Office Assistant) Williams, calmly tells the ambulance service call handler, “We’ve just had a male brought in. He’s in his mid-30s. He was uncooperative. He’s unconscious, basically.”

She then adds that “CPR” is being performed, and said, “He’s been going mad. He’s just been brought in and he’s just been unconscious.”

The call handler tells COA Williams an ambulance is seven minutes away and the conversation ends.

Pathologists later found Mikey had sustained 28 different cuts and abrasions to his body. The jury in the case is expected to give a verdict this week.

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Tue 15 Dec 2009, 17:35 GMT
Issue No. 2182
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