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‘Whole system failed Kwame’

Issue No. 1974

A coroner’s court jury at the inquest into the death in police custody of Kwame Wiredu returned a unanimous verdict of death by natural causes last week.

In a statement they said, “We the jury found the whole system failed Mr Wiredu.” Kwame, a 23 year old African Caribbean man from north London, died on 30 August 2002 after collapsing while under arrest.

During the inquest the jury heard how police officers arresting Kwame assumed he was feigning illness when he collapsed. He was dragged to Stoke Newington police station and placed in a cell.

A civilian jail attendant raised the alarm five hours later when she noticed Kwame was breathing heavily. He was taken to hospital but died that evening.

Kwame’s sister Adwoa Wiredu, said, “We have still not got justice. We can’t bring him back, but we want to see this doesn’t happen again.”

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Sat 29 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1974
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