On 6 July 2009, an inquest jury recorded a highly critical verdict of neglect in the death of Godfrey Moyo in HMP Belmarsh. Twenty-five-year-old Godfrey Moyo, a Zimbabwean, died while on remand at the Category A Belmarsh prison on 3 January 2005 in the early hours of the morning after suffering an epileptic fit.
Mental Health & Others
New figures released by the Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody show that in the past 10 years 3,540 of those detained in NHS facilities, including high-security psychiatric hospitals, have died.
Last Friday, 2 July, the family of Mikey Powell came a step closer to finding out exactly how Mikey died. The High Court in London ordered that Northants police allow them access to 4000 documents relating to the police investigation into Mikey’s death.
An inquest into the death of a Birmingham father who died after being arrested by police has been delayed again. The hearing is now expected to take place in November, when more than six years will have passed since the death of 38-year-old Michael Powell.
The family of a man who died in police custody tell us why they think the independent police investigation into his death has been so flawed. Emily Reuben reports.
Michael Powell died aged 38 in September 2003 after being detained outside his mother’s house in Wilton Street, Lozells. Ten West Midlands police officers were all cleared of using excessive force during a criminal trial at Leicester Crown Court in 2006.
A vulnerable prisoner, whose mental health deteriorated while he was isolated in jail before he killed himself, should have been on a 24-hour watch, said a retired prison health boss.