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Cop’s evidence ‘wrong’ says coroner in Kingsley Burrell inquest

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2453

The coroner at the inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell has questioned the recollection of an officer involved in his arrest and restraint.

Kingsley died in 2011 in Birmingham after being arrested when he called police for help saying he had been harassed by a gang while out with his son.

He was taken to a mental health unit and died days later.

PC Paul Adey said he remembered looking back into the mental health seclusion room and saw Kingsley lift his head and look back around before lying down once his restraints had been removed.

But coroner Louise Hunt said other witnesses had told the inquest that Kingsley’s arms dropped to his sides and he never moved once his restraints were off.

Adey said, “I know what I saw—he raised his head.” Hunt replied, “I suggest you are wrong officer.”

In a statement given in December 2011 Adey had said he looked back at Kingsley through a window in the door.

But Hunt said the door’s window was covered by a locked hatch to which only nurses had the key. Hunt is expected to begin summing up next week.

The inquest continues.

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Tue 12 May 2015, 18:00 BST
Issue No. 2453
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