Rafal Delezuch

Rafal DelezuchA vulnerable young man dies following restraint by police

compiled from various sources
compiled by: Sobia Hussain – August 2016

Updates listed at the foot of this item

26-year-old Rafal Delezuch died in hospital on 15 August 2012 after being detained by police in Leicester. He was detained under the Mental Health Act when members of the public reported him behaving strangely in the streets. He was handcuffed and restrained using Captor Incapacitant spray and hand and leg restraints before he was detained.

He was then transferred to the Leicester Infirmary and sectioned under the Mental Health Act where officers continued to restrain him. Rafal suffered a cardiac arrest and died later that day.

Rafal’s mother and father flew from Poland to identify their son.

A post mortem examination had been unable to determine what caused the 26-year-old’s death. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the death.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) appealed for information to assist its investigation into the death. IPCC Commissioner Amerdeep Somal said: “In the circumstances of a man dying in hospital, hours after being detained by police, it is right that we carry out an independent investigation into what happened.”

The inquest that commenced on 12 January 2015 heard Rafal had been shouting that somebody was going to kill him and that he had been hallucinating due to taking amphetamine.

PC Fabrizo Smargiassi told the inquest that he believed that the correct level of restraint was used on Rafal. He went on; “He looked out of it – although initially he was calm and compliant.”

Rafal had been working in the UK for five years but the day before he died, he had contacted his mother to say he had lost his job at the factory in Leicester. The Inquest concluded that Rafal was restrained using the incapacitant spray and hand and leg restraint.

The inquest Jury concluded that the prolonged struggle contributed to his death, as well as amphetamine induced delirium in association with prolonged struggle and the two heart attacks that he suffered.

Following the Inquest Assistant Coroner Martin Gotheridge issued a report to John Adler the Chief executive of Leicester University Hospital NHS Trust advising on methods to prevent future deaths when handling vulnerable patients who are detained and restrained.

One of the main issues raised by Gotheridge was the handling of aggressive patients. He suggested that many of the staff in the emergency department were unaware of the policy of how to handle these sorts of patients or may not have undertaken appropriate training. He also said that staff were not familiar with the dangers of prolonged restraint in the prone (face-down) position.

When Rafal was taken into hospital he was in need of ‘rapid tranquilisation’ however, at the time of need it was not available and the clinicians were not aware of this and neither could provide alternative medicines. Gotheridge concluded that staff should follow guidelines and should be aware of policies and should act upon them.

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Follow-up News:

Rafal Delezuch was high on amphetamines before death
12 January 2015

Inquest into the death of 26-year-old Rafal Delezuch following his detention by Leicestershire Constabulary begins
9 January 2015

Leicester police detention death man named
24 August 2012

Police watchdog investigation after man detained by police dies
(date unknown)

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