Gants Hill father Jimmy Mubenga ‘unlawfully killed’ on plane while being deported, inquest jury finds

Jimmy Mubenga died in October 2010

Jimmy Mubenga died in October 2010 - Credit: Archant

A Gants Hill father-of-five being deported from Britain was unlawfully killed on a plane to his native Angola, an inquest jury has found.

Jimmy Mubenga with his wife Adrienne Makenda Kambana. Picture: Family Handout/PA

Jimmy Mubenga with his wife Adrienne Makenda Kambana. Picture: Family Handout/PA - Credit: PA

Jimmy Mubenga, of Woodford Avenue, was on a British Airways flight when security guards noticed he was not breathing.

The 46-year-old died later in hospital after the plane was stopped on the runway at Heathrow Airport to seek urgent medical care.

Three G4S guards – Terence Hughes, Stuart Tribelnig and Colin Kaler – accompanied Mr Mubenga on the flight in October 2010, but said he was restrained when he attacked one of the guards soon after boarding the plane.

An inquest jury of seven men and three women at Isleworth Crown Court recorded a majority verdict of nine to one of unlawful killing on Tuesday, after four days of deliberations following an eight-week hearing.

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Mr Mubenga died of cardio-respiratory collapse, where the heart stops beating and a person stops breathing, the inquest found.

Other passengers on board the flight said they heard Mr Mubenga wailing for help after saying he could not breathe, with one of the guards apparently replying: “Yes, you can.”

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No charges have ever been brought against the security guards, despite Mr Mubenga’s widow claiming somebody should to be held responsible for his death.

The Angolan was being deported after he serving a prison sentence for assault.

Mr Mubenga and his wife, Adrienne Makenda Kambana, had been living in Gants Hill after arriving in the UK from Angola in 1994.

Mrs Kambana said outside court her late husband was treated “worse than an animal” on the flight.

Calling Mr Mubenga a “good man” and a “loving husband”, she called for deportations to be monitored better.

She added: “Jimmy should be here, but because he didn’t get help, that’s why he’s not here.

“Every time they are deporting someone they need to put someone to monitor them, how they are doing, how they are treating the deportee.”

The Crown Prosecution Service has said it will review the decision not to bring charges against the security guards.

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