‘Impartiality’ concern raised over death in custody inquiry

Olaseni Lewis
Olaseni Lewis

source: The Voice Online
published: 6 May 2016

The senior coroner in the investigation into the death Olaseni Lewis has flagged up concerns over the impartiality of staff at the mental health facility where the 23-year-old was restrained by police officers.

Selena Lynch, senior coroner for south London, said staff at Bethlem Royal Hospital could feel unable to speak openly about the death of Lewis because their legal representation is being paid for by their employer, reported the Croydon Advertiser.

IT graduate, Lewis, was restrained face down for a total of 40 minutes, in two prolonged periods, by up to 11 officers in 2010 at the Kent facility run by South London and Maudsley (SLaM).

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Exeter police face re-trial over death of church caretaker Thomas Orchard

Thomas Orchard
Thomas Orchard

source: Exeter Express and Echo
published: 20 April 2016

A police sergeant and two detention officers accused of killing an Exeter church caretaker who died after being restrained for more than 20 minutes will face trial next year, a court has heard.

Thomas Orchard, 32, a paranoid schizophrenic, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and taken to Heavitree Road police station in Exeter in October 2012.

Custody Sergeant Jan Kingshott, 44, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 38, and Michael Marsden, 55, each deny two charges of manslaughter.

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Petition: Increase the funding for mental health issues in the UK

Mental Health - Girl in distresssource: Change.org
published: July 2014

There are far too many suicides of young people in our community. My own daughter Kesia Leatherbarrow took her own life aged 17 in December 2013, after being completely let down by the mental health services despite her desperate need for help.

Since then there have been an alarming number of young people taking their own lives due to inadequate mental health provision in the UK.

In 2014 Deborah’s beautiful son Tyler Smith died after falling from a viaduct aged 19, whilst suffering a mental health crisis.

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