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Sean Rigg inquest hears from hostel manager

Issue No. 2309

The inquest into the death of Sean Rigg has heard how staff at the hostel he was staying in made five 999 calls to police.

Sean had a history of mental health problems and was staying at a hostel that specialises in caring for people with similar problems.

On Tuesday of last week hostel manager Angela Wood told the inquest, “I remember remarking that we’d see Sean in a couple of months when he was well.”

She recounted how she felt when the Rigg family barrister told her the news of Sean’s death.

“I think at first I couldn’t comprehend what he was saying and then disbelief, because I’d gone to my bed thinking Sean was safe,” she said.

Sean died in Brixton police station in August 2008 after being arrested and restrained by police.

The inquest continues.

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Tue 26 Jun 2012, 17:32 BST
Issue No. 2309
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