from Birmingham Post
3rd December 2009
A policeman has told and inquest how he tried to revive a Birmingham man who died in custody.
Sergeant Russell Tringham gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived when he realised that Michael Powell was no longer breathing. The father-of-three had been arrested following a violent struggle outside his mother’s address in Wilton Road, Lozells, in September 2003, and died shortly after he was taken to Thornhill Road Police Station.
Sgt Tringham, who was a police constable stationed at Walsall Road Police Station at the time, told an inquest that he had been attending to another call when he received an emergency radio message to go to Wilton Road.
When he arrived, he saw Mr Powell, aged 38, on his back, handcuffed with his arms above him, heavily resisting arrest by three police officers. Sgt Tringham did not assist with the restraint at that point and on orders went looking for missing police equipment for a couple of minutes.
When he returned, six officers helped to reposition the handcuffs behind Mr Powell and a large van had been called to the scene.
Sgt Tringham said he stood outside the van while officers moved Mr Powell, who was now calm and not struggling, head first into the van and placed him on his left side with his face facing the side door.