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Roger Sylvester (Cont’d)

Roger Sylvester 3At the end of a three-day hearing Mr Justice Collins also said some of the reasons given by the previous 11-strong jury for their verdict were inconsistent with others.  He went on to criticise the Metropolitan Police Commissioner for suspending two officers involved in detaining Mr Sylvester, but not in restraining him.

Victor Sylvester, cousin of Roger, said the family had been disappointed the coroner had not be there to defend himself.  Speaking on the events in court he added, “We were a bit shocked, it happened quite quickly at the end of the case.  “Everybody was a bit sad yesterday evening, but otherwise we have got lots of support.

Ken Fero, of the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC), said Mr Sylvester’s parents, Rupert and Sheila, were “distraught” at the judge’s remarks.  “They are very disappointed with the position the judge has taken.”

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Follow-up News:

Top cop says sorry to Sylvester family
27 September 2005

Arrest death officers reinstated
11 November 2004

Jury rules London police unlawfully killed black man
15 October 2003

Roger Sylvester Booklet
(early awareness raising publication)
PDF file

Campaign Newsletter
(December 2002)
PDF file

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