Custody death family just ‘want the truth’
Compiled from BBC News & other sources
published: 30 March 2008
News updates on this case are listed at the foot of this item
Nadeem Khan – known as Dean – died in hospital after falling ill at Burnley Police Station on Saturday 30 June 2007. Post-mortem tests failed to determine how he died and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had commissioned further toxicology tests.
Nadeem’s family said they had been left “deeply distressed” by his death. The 28-year-old was arrested in Brierfield at about 0900 BST on 30 June after reports of windows being smashed and violent behaviour. After he became ill he was taken to Burnley General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1030 BST.
The IPCC said initial tests confirmed that he had suffered no serious trauma injuries and had no natural disease. The family said (at the time) that they were being kept informed about the IPCC investigation and urged people not to speculate about what had happened.
It was 14 hours before the family were informed. Sharmaine is a dignified, softly spoken young woman. Her voice cracks as she describes how she had to break the news to her mother who was in hospital at the time. “She was undergoing cancer treatment. I had to make that decision to go and tell her. I had to wake her up at her hospital bed at seven o’clock in the morning to inform her that her son had died”.
In a statement, the family said: “Dean was a great son, brother, friend and dad and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”Dean was a very generous person and would do anything for the people he cared about. He was protective of his family and friends.
“He was the one who everyone turned to in the time of need and the family always felt protected when he was around. We just wish we were there to protect him. “There are a lot of questions to be answered and we are determined to find out the truth.”
Hundreds of protesters marched in Burnley seeking answers to questions about the death of Nadeem in police custody. His family, including his mother Brenda who was suffering from cancer and who signed herself out of hospital, joined the march.
Organiser Shiraz Khan, Nadeem Khan’s cousin, said, “This is just the start. We won’t let this be brushed under the carpet. We won’t rest until we have justice.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the official police watchdog, subsequently found that the arrest of Nadeem was lawful and justified and the restraint techniques used were in line with policy and procedure. However it did identify the need for officers to be trained in the identification of the rare condition of excited delirium.
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