Arrest man should have been taken to hospital, inquest told

Hospitalfrom Birmingham Mail
1st December 2009

A police officer and former paramedic told an inquest jury he believed a man who died in police custody should have been taken to hospital rather than a police station.

Sergeant Christopher Wilson said a cut he noticed on victim Michael Powell’s right wrist and a suggestion that his drink had been spiked prompted him to ask an inspector whether the father-of-three should be taken to the station or to hospital. He said as medical staff had been pre-warned of Mr Powell’s arrival at the station he felt reassured he would receive timely treatment.

Mr Powell, aged 38, died in September 2003 minutes after arriving at Thornhill Road police station.

He had earlier been held on the ground and handcuffed by three police officers, including Sgt Wilson, before being carried to a police van, where he was put on the floor to be driven into custody.

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