High Wycombe police officers face misconduct hearing after misadventure verdict

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published: 3 March 2015

Thames Valley Police officers will face a misconduct hearing concerning the death of a man nearly seven years ago. Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah, 39, of Slough, Berkshire, collapsed during a routine stop and search in a car park in High Wycombe in July 2008.

During the search by Thames Valley Police officers, he had breathing problems and later died in hospital. At the inquest, which ended yesterday, the the 11 jurors gave a verdict of misadventure, with a narrative conclusion attached.

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Habib Inquest Day Nineteen 2nd March 2015

Inquest Verdict - March 2015

Inquest Verdict – March 2015

‘We are pleased that we have a critical narrative verdict. It’s been an extremely difficult time for the family since my brother died at the hands of Thames Valley Police. What is so hard to accept is that it has taken almost seven years for an inquest to be completed into his death. All these years of fighting has taken a tremendous toll on the family.’

Yesterday was the last day of the inquest so after exactly one month from the first day of the proceedings we were finally at the end. It’s been a tough experience for the family but has given some closure as this time the inquest actually completed.

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Jury return critical misadventure and narrative conclusion into death of Habib Ullah

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published: 2 March 2015

Today the jury returned a comprehensive and highly critical misadventure and narrative conclusion in relation to the level of force used to restrain Habib Ullah and the lack of appropriate after care provided by police.

Habib “Paps” Ullah, a 39 year old father of three, died when he was stopped and searched by police on 3 July 2008 in the Sharrow Vale area of High Wycombe. In the course of being forcibly restrained, Habib suffered a cardiac arrest. He was taken to hospital but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

The jury said that they believed that the officers could have considered alternative ways of dealing with Habib without using force. For example, engage with verbal communication; using specific, clear and repeated commands as outlined in the police training for non physical compliance; and to allow Habib sufficient time and opportunity to respond to the commands, that is to stand back and monitor and consider hand cuffing him at this time. Continue reading