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Criminal trial of three police officers following the death of Kingsley Burrell begins Monday

8 September 2017

Birmingham Crown Court
1 Newton St, Birmingham B4 7NA

11 September – scheduled to last 6 weeks

Police officers Paul Adey, 36, Mark Fannon, 45, Paul Greenfield, 50, stand trial on charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice. The charges relate to accounts given in witness statements and evidence given on oath by these officers at the inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell.

Kingsley, a 29 year old black man, was detained by West Midlands Police Officers on 27 March 2011 and transported to a Mental Health facility.  On 30 March police attended following reports of a disturbance.  Kingsley was restrained in this time and suffered a cardiac arrest.  He died on 31 March 2011.

The family and INQUEST will not make further statements until the end of the trial.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS
For further information, please contact Lucy McKay on 020 7263 1111 or lucymckay@inquest.org.uk

INQUEST has been working with the family of Kingsley Burrell since March 2011.  Carolynn Gallwey of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors represented Kingsley Burrell’s children and their mothers at the inquest. 

Kingsley’s sister Kadisha Burrell Brown is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group member Daniel Machover of Hickman and Rose solicitors.

Justice 4 Kingsley is the family campaign, see their facebook here which includes an event and press release around the hearing.

The six week inquest into his death concluded in May 2015. You can read the full conclusions here.

Other ongoing cases involving police related deaths include:

  • A misconduct hearing around the death of Olaseni Lewis will also begin on 11 September.
  • The inquest of Joseph Phuong, who suffered from mental ill health and died following police contact in June 2015 continues at the Royal Courts of Justice, London on 4 September.
  • Later this month the IPCC will be releasing a report called ‘Six Missed Chances’ using James Herbert’s death as a case study to make national recommendations for the police service to achieve best practice in dealing with vulnerable people with mental health difficulties.
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