Scathing verdict from jury at inquest into death of patient

May 23, 2011 in Custody Deaths & Abuse by Larry Fedja

originally by: Bindmans
6th May2011

On 6 May 2011 the jury returned a decisive and highly critical verdict of the acts and omissions of Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust following the inquest into the circumstances of the death of Louise Noon.

The jury’s verdict came after several hours of careful deliberation and three days of detailed evidence and legal submissions before HM Coroner for Norfolk, William J Armstrong sitting at Norwich City Football Club grounds.

Louise died by suicide in her room at Northgate Hospital on 23 July 2011 having quickly become very ill suffering from symptoms of bi-polar affective disorder. Louise hanged herself using a cord in her possession from a ligature point within her room, despite having made several similar suicide attempts in the days preceding, of which she alerted staff.

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Stephen Lawrence pair face murder trial

May 21, 2011 in Race & Society by UFFC Admin

Stephen Lawrence

originally published by: BBC News
18th May 2011

Two men are to stand trial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Gary Dobson, 35, and David Norris, 34, are accused of killing the black teenager at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993. Nobody has been convicted of the crime but a small team of Scotland Yard detectives has continued to investigate the 18-year-old’s death.

Mr Dobson stood trial in 1996 over the murder – which he denied – and he was acquitted. On Wednesday the Court of Appeal concluded that there was enough new and substantial evidence to allow Dobson’s acquittal to be quashed.

The inquiry into the failure of the original police investigation to find and convict Mr Lawrence’s killers, which reported in 1999, became a key moment in the modern history of criminal justice in Britain.

Concluding the force was “institutionally racist”, it made 70 recommendations and had an enormous impact on the race relations debate, from criminal justice through to all public authorities.

The latest judgment was set out by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Mrs Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Holroyde.

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Babar Ahmad tells court he thought police officers would kill him

May 21, 2011 in Race & Society, Wrongful Convictions by UFFC Admin

Babar Ahmad: battered & bruised

originally by: The Guardian

A British Muslim has told a court how specialist police officers had beat him so badly in a dawn raid at his home that he had thought he was going to die. Southwark crown court heard from Babar Ahmad, 37, how he was the subject of a prolonged and vicious attack, starting in the bedroom of his home and continuing in a police van and at a London police station.

Ahmad was under surveillance, and the officers had been told he had been trained as a terrorist and fought in Bosnia, the court has been told.

Giving evidence on the second day of the trial of four officers who deny charges of assaulting Ahmad, he said that, after he had been repeatedly kicked and punched, one officer put him in a headlock in the back of the police van.

The jury heard from him that one officer straddled him and said: “You will remember this day for the rest of your life, you fucking bastard. Do you understand me?” Ahmad said: “He squeezed and kept on squeezing. I remember the pressure to the side of my neck. He squeezed and squeezed and squeezed, and held it in that position.

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