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Mikey Powell case continues

Issue No. 2002

Mikey Powell was “knelt on” by up to eight police officers on the night he died, a court was told last week.

Mikey Powell, 38, died after he was detained outside his home in Lozells, Birmingham, on 7 September 2003.

Sharon Powell, Mikey’s sister, told the court how she arrived at her mother’s house, where Mikey lived, to see a number of officers restraining her brother.

He was then shoved onto the floor of a police van, she said. Mikey was dead within two hours. Ten policemen are on trial charged in connection with his death.

He had been hit by a police car, sprayed with CS gas, struck with a baton and restrained on the floor before being taken into custody, the trial at Leicester Crown Court has heard.

Sharon Powell told the jury, “I was just in shock. I was upset when I got there.

“All I remember was that they were on top of him. They were actually leaning down on him.

“They were there for a while from the time I got there. He was too long on the ground.

“He should not have been there that long on the ground.”

Asked under cross examination what happened next, she added:

“They picked him up and carried him in [to the van]. They shoved him in the van on the floor.

“I wanted to go with him and they would not let me.”

PCs Tim Lewis and David Hadley deny dangerous driving and battery.

The remaining eight police officers – Acting Sergeant Chris Wilson, Inspector Tony Guest, PC Steven Hollyman, PC Nigel Hackett, PC Luke Gill, PC Lee Howard, PC Andrew Edwards and Sergeantt David Williams – all deny charges of misconduct in a public office.

The trial continues.


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Tue 23 May 2006, 17:51 BST
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