Jail death man was ‘alive and conscious’ on arrival at police station, inquest hears

The Juryfrom Birmingham Mail
3rd December 2009

A young police officer who witnessed the death of Michael Powell said he “was still alive and conscious” on arrival at a police station.

Mr Powell died shortly after he was detained outside his home in Lozells and taken to nearby Thornhill Road police station. An inquest jury at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall heard from PC Luke Gill, was 20 years-old when Mr Powell died and had been patrolling the streets for less than one year.

He told the court his first impressions of the area was that there were “a lot of gun crime” incidents. PC Gill said when he arrived in Wilton Road on September 7, 2003, he saw the 38-year-old factory worker being restrained by three police officers.

He said another officer, PC Tim Lewis, had told him he thought Mr Powell “had a gun and had smashed one of the windows of a police vehicle.”

He described Mr Powell as “lying on his back with his hands cuffed above his head”.

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