By Alistair Farrow
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Court hears how cop lied over Sean Rigg’s death

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Issue 2528
Sean Rigg
Sean Rigg

A police officer lied in July 2012 when he gave evidence to the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg, a court heard this week.

Sean died in Brixton police station on 21 August 2008. Paul White was the custody sergeant in the police station on that day.

CCTV has shown that, when Sean was brought to the police station, he was held in a van in the yard.

After ten minutes he was moved to a caged area in the police station.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) interviewed White on 20 March 2009.

White claimed that he walked into the yard and talked to Sean when he was in the van.


“I saw him in the back of the van,” claimed White in a separate IPCC interview on 26 March 2009.

But Max Hill QC, prosecuting, said, “Sergeant White was clearly lying”. In relation to White’s claim to have visited Sean in the van. Hill said “he was making that up”.

CCTV footage shows that White walked from the custody desk to the caged area in the police station and didn’t go into the yard. He was away from the custody desk for some 50 seconds.

The trial continues.

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