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March 20, 2014

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G4S guards charged with manslaughter



Three detainee custody officers are to be prosecuted for manslaughter following the death of Jimmy Mubenga, who died while he was being deported in October 2010.
Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig, who worked for G4S Care and Justice Services UK Limited (G4S), were tasked with removing Mr Mubenga from the UK to Angola. 
In July 2012, prosecutors decided that no charges should be brought in relation to Mr Mubenga’s death, but the case was reconsidered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after a verdict of unlawful killing was returned at an inquest in July 2013.
The jury at the inquest found that Mr Mubenga died of cardio-respiratory collapse, and that he had been unlawfully killed.
Kaler, 51, Hughes, 53, and Tribelnig, 38, have been charged with unlawful act manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter, the CPS announced.
Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of CPS Special Crime, said: “We have completed a fresh review of all of the evidence relating to the death of Jimmy Mubenga, including the new evidence arising from the inquest, and decided that three men should be prosecuted for manslaughter.”
G4S will not be charged with corporate manslaughter after the CPS concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute them under common law or under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. 
Kaler, Hughes and Tribelnig will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 7 April. 
As this is an ongoing case SHP will not be accepting comments on this story.

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