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‘Breathtaking’ changes to cops’ story over death of Habib 'Paps' Ullah

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2457

Fighting for justice

Fighting for justice (Pic: Justice4Paps)

Five cops who stopped and searched a man who later died made “breathtaking” changes to their account of the incident, a disciplinary hearing has been told.

Habib “Paps” Ullah died in High Wycombe in 2008, one and half hours after the car he was travelling in was stopped by police. 

The actions of five officers during the incident and after his death was heard in the disciplinary hearing last week. It is one of a handful of such hearings to be held in public.

Thames Valley coppers DS Jason Liles, DC Richard Bazeley, and PCs Kate Granger, Chris Pomery and Howard Wynne are accused of gross misconduct. All five are accused of removing crucial information in draft statements from accounts later given to the police watchdog.  

Liles is also accused of gross misconduct in relation to slapping Habib on the back.

At the hearing Gerard Boyle, presenting the case against the officers, said, “The nature and extent of the amendments and deletions these five officers made to their statements were on a breathtaking scale ... Literally from beginning to end, almost every facet of their interaction with Mr Ullah and the other occupants of the car was amended in some form.”

The hearing is scheduled to last until Monday of next week.

Jordan Begley inquest

Jordan Begley became “unresponsive” seconds after he was Tasered, hit with “distraction strikes” and restrained by armed police officers, an inquest has heard.

Jordan died in hospital after being hit with a stun gun when police were called to his home in Manchester during a row with neighbours.

The inquest heard at least 11 police officers went to the scene after Jordan’s mother Dorothy dialled 999 to say her son was involved in a row with neighbours and had grabbed a knife.

PC Andrew Moore said that when officers arrived Jordan held his hands out to show he did not have a knife, but he had assumed a “fighting stance”.

Moore said PC Terrence Donnelly Tasered Jordan, who fell to the ground. 

He was then hit with “distraction strikes” as police tried to restrain him. These are open handed slaps to the back.

Moore said when police cuffed and brought him to his feet, Jordan was unresponsive.

The inquest continues.

Mark Duggan meeting

Some 300 people attended a meeting in Tottenham, north London, to discuss the role of the Met police’s Operation Trident in the killing of Mark Duggan. It was called by The Monitoring Group and Tottenham Rights.

Mark’s aunt Carole Duggan said the family had “ample evidence” the police had misled the 2013 inquest into his death. 

Speakers including Janet Alder and Marcia Rigg discussed police corruption and lack of accountability.

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