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G4S guards begin trial in Jimmy Mubenga case

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2429

The trial for manslaughter of three guards who restrained Jimmy Mubenga during his forced deportation has begun at the Old Bailey in London.

Jimmy died in October 2010 after being restrained on a commercial British Airways flight that was still on the ground at Heathrow airport.

The three former G4S guards Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig deny the manslaughter. Nine airline seats have been installed in court, so the jury can see how Jimmy was restrained.

For the prosecution, Mark Dennis QC said that the guards, “held Mubenga in such a position that his ability to breathe properly was inevitably impaired. 

“Each officer would have known from their training—and from common sense—that keeping someone in such a position was likely to cause a person harm, yet they did so over a prolonged period.”

The trial continues.

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