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.

These included whether police officers had carried out an ‘unlawful and dangerous act’ which causes death.

Mr Hulett also directed jurors that their decision was not an ‘exercise in sentiment’ and they should consider only the evidence they have heard during the four-week inquest.

Earlier in the inquest the jury were told how Mr Ullah was wrestled to the ground by police who suspected he had drugs hidden in his mouth.

One of the officers was heard to call out ‘break his arm’ while Mr Ullah was also repeatedly ‘backslapped’ during his restraint.

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