Jury retires in Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah inquest with ‘unlawful’ killing as a verdict option

Habib Ullahall credits: Slough & South Bucks Express
published: 27 February 2015

An ‘unlawful’ killing is one option available to jurors determining how a Slough father died following a police drugs search in 2008.

The second inquest into the death of Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah, concluded at Beaconsfield Coroners Court today as jurors retired to consider their verdict.

Mr Ullah suffered a cardiac arrest and died on July 3 2008 after being restrained by police at a residential car park in Shallow Vale, High Wycombe.

Speaking yesterday, Buckinghamshire coroner, Richard Hulett, listed a number of options for jurors to consider when coming to their conclusion of how the 39-year-old died. Continue reading

Habib Inquest Day Eighteen 26th February 2015

Dec 2014 vigil

On Thursday we were taken through the test of unlawfulness and how it applies in an inquest setting and the test has been applied in the directions on law to the jury. Tony Metzer QC, on behalf of the family asked that there should be opportunity for the jury to add further information to the narrative and quoted a precedent for this from a recent inquest. Jury came back in and were welcomed in by the Coroner Richard Hulet.

A statement was read by a Kent Officer Adam Denny who is responsible for introducing a force policy for mouth searches for drugs for that force.

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Habib Inquest Day Sixteen 25th February 2015

They will not give up

Over the last few days the jury has been out at the inquest whilst legal submissions take place. These have been about determining what conclusions/verdicts the jury can reach through directions and the questions that will be put to them to determine this.

As the jury are not present the proceedings whilst technically open to the public we cannot update in any detail so this is a summary. Both legal teams presented arguments to what should be included/excluded in the directions as verdicts for the  Jury. What is fairly predictable by now is the TVP legal team trying to downplay the role of positional asphyxia, but there is an acceptance from them that at least some of the actions of the officers in the restraint were unlawful. Continue reading