G4S custody officers charged over detainee's death
Three G4S detainee custody officers are to be charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Jimmy Mubenga, who died on a plane as he was deported from Britain, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.
The widow of Jimmy Mubenga, who died on a plane as he was deported from Britain, said she and her children had "waited a long time for this decision" after the Crown Prosecution Service said the three G4S detainee custody officers would be charged with manslaughter in connection with his death.
Adrienne Makenda Kambana added: "We hope the CPS will now move this case forward quickly. We feel like we are another step closer to getting justice for Jimmy."
Three G4S detainee custody officers who are to be charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Jimmy Mubenga, who died on a plane as he was deported from Britain, will be "vigorously denying these charges in court", a statement from their solicitors said.
Responding to the Crown Prosecution's decision that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute G4S on the grounds of corporate manslaughter, a spokesperson said:
The death of anyone in our care is deeply felt by all of us and the death of Mr Mubenga was a tragic event. The welfare of those in our care is always our top priority and we took great care to ensure that our employees on this contract, which has been carried out by another provider since November 2011, were made aware of their responsibilities in this respect.
These employees were also trained, screened and vetted to the standards defined by strict Home Office guidelines.
We believe that at all times we acted appropriately and in full compliance with the terms of our contract with UKBA and it should be noted that the Crown Prosecution Service found there was insufficient evidence on which to bring criminal charges against G4S in this case.
Colin Kaler, 51, from Bedfordshire; Terrence Hughes, 53, from Hampshire and Stuart Tribelnig, 38, from Surrey will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 7 April 2014. All three men face a charge of manslaughter.
FTSE 100 firm G4S will not face charges of corporate manslaughter after the CPS decided there was insufficient evidence for such a prosecution.
Father-of-five Jimmy Mubenga died while being deported from Britain to his native Angola in October 2010.
The 46-year-old had been restrained by three G4S guards on a British Airways flight.
Initially the Crown Prosecution Service ruled that no charges should be bought but a review was prompted after an inquest ruled he had been unlawfully killed.
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.
“There is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig."
G4S detainee custody officers Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig are to be charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Jimmy Mubenga, who died on a plane as he was deported from Britain, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.