Redbridge equalities group hopes ‘lessons learned’ over deportation death of Jimmy Mubenga

Jimmy Mubenga died in October 2010

Jimmy Mubenga died in October 2010 - Credit: Archant

A Redbridge group has said it hopes “lessons are learned” after a jury found Gants Hill father-of-five Jimmy Mubenga was unlawfully killed as he was being deported.

The 46-year-old of, Woodford Avenue, was on a British Airways flight when security guards noticed he was not breathing.

He 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 after boarding the plane.

An inquest jury at Isleworth Crown Court recorded a majority verdict of unlawful killing on Tuesday.

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Redbridge Equalities and Community Council vice-chairman Diana Neslen said: “The evidence has shown that the Home Office and G4S acted without the oversight necessary and the procedures used were dangerous in the extreme.

“The Home Office should not be contracting out deportations to private sector companies which have commercial interests not compassionate [interests].

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“We hope lessons are learned and that no other family will suffer this way.”

A review will be carried out into the decision not to bring criminal charges against the security guards involved in the deportation of Mr Mubenga, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

A G4S spokesman said: “We believe that at all times we acted appropriately and in full compliance with the terms of our contract with UK Border Agency.”

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