Jury considers police custody death

A jury has today been sworn in at the long-awaited inquest into the death of a schizophrenia sufferer while he was in police custody.

Police custody death inquest opens

A long-awaited inquest into the death of a schizophrenia sufferer while he was in police custody will begin today.

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Sean Rigg inquest latest

More from our correspondent Ronke Phillips at the Sean Rigg inquest.

His sister Marcia Rigg has been giving evidence.

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Marcia Rigg- Occasionally Sean would not take his medication which was given by injection every 3 to 4 weeks@londontonight

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Marcia Rigg- When Sean not taking his medication he would be quiet, wouldn't recognise family members would be paranoid@londontonight

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Marcia Rigg- When Sean really unwell had no awareness of what he was doing. Once became unwell when he was in Sweden@londontonight

Custody death sister: 'My brother was physically fit'

The sister of Sean Rigg, who died after being taken into custody at Brixton police station, is giving evidence at the inquest into his death.

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Marcia Rigg tells jury she last saw her brother 3 weeks before his death when he helped her move house@londontonight

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Marcia Rigg also spoke to him a week before his death. Says her brother was mentally well.@londontonight

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Marcia Rigg- my brother was physically fit/no heart problems. Had never suddenly collapsed. Didn't drink or take drugs@londontonight

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Sean Rigg's sister gives evidence

Our correspondent Ronke Phillips is tweeting from the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg, who died after being taken into custody at Brixton police station.

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Coroners court packed for 2nd day of inquest into death of schizophrenia sufferer Sean Rigg while he was in police custody.@londontonight

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Marcia Rigg the dead man's sister is about to give evidence at the inquest which is being held in front of a jury@londontonight

Sean Rigg inquest to start hearing evidence today.

The inquest into the death of a man who died after being arrested by police will start hearing evidence today.

Yesterday a jury was sworn in for the inquest into the death of forty year old Sean Rigg, who died after being taken into police custody in August 2008.

Sean, who had a long history of mental illness, was arrested shortly before his death for a public order offence and attacking a policeman.

He was taken to Brixton police station, where he became ill and was taken to hospital.

He was formally pronounced dead in hospital later that night. A preliminary post-mortem examination showed no obvious signs of any injury that could have caused his death.

His sister Marcia Rigg-Samuel is expected to be one of the first to give evidence.

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Coroners court packed and cold

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Coroners court packed with family, friends and media. Inquest expected to last until the end of July@londontonight .

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Loud laughter at Coroners court when Counsel makes 'urgent' submission for heating to be turned up as everyone cold@londontonight

Sean Rigg Inquest

by Ronke Phillips

Inquest opens into death of Sean Rigg who died after being taken into custody at Brixton police station in 2008

Coroner Andrew Harris has given usual warnings to the jury against using the internet to research the case.

He told them they should also disregard any reports they see in the media.

The inquest is expected to last until the end of July.

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