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G4S guard denies fatally restraining Jimmy Mubenga

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2433

Figure it out

Figure it out


Stuart Tribelnig, the senior of three G4S guards, told a court that he did not force Jimmy Mubenga’s head down during the struggle after which he died. 

The three guards are on trial for manslaughter, which they deny, at the high court in London.

Jimmy was restrained in the seat of a BA passenger airliner on the tarmac at Heathrow airport. 

The guards are accused of pushing his upper body forward and down as he sat, in a position sometimes referred to as “carpet karaoke”. Asked by the prosecuting QC if this would be highly dangerous, he said, “I believe so.”

Several earlier witnesses, who were among passengers and cabin crew on the flight, said they heard Mubenga calling out “I can’t breathe” during the 

30 minute scuffle.

In reply to a question, Tribelnig said, “Sir, I never heard him say anything about air. We never held him down. I wanted his head up so I could speak to him.” The case continues.


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