Police failings led to man suffering brain injury

A 26-year-old-man who suffered a serious brain injury when he was assaulted with a metal bar before being left for 10 hours in a police cell with no medical treatment has taken the next step in his battle for justice.

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Brain damaged man on the road to rebuilding his life

An assault victim who suffered serious brain damage after being left for 10 hours in a police cell with no medical treatment has taken the first steps towards rebuilding his life.

Dean Hutton was attacked with a scaffold pole and taken to a police station in Rotherham where he was classified as drunk.

Dean will require care for the rest of his life, but his future now looks more secure after South Yorkshire Police accepted liability for his injuries.

A compensation package is now being negotiated by his legal team, as Martin Fisher reports:

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Father: Nothing can change what happened

A 26-year-old-man who suffered a serious brain injury when he was assaulted with a metal bar before being left for 10 hours in a police cell with no medical treatment has taken the next step in his battle for justice.

Dean Hutton, from Wath-Upon-Dearne, sustained a serious brain injury during an assault, in which he was hit over the head with a scaffolding pole, before being taken to Rotherham Main Street Police Station.

Roy Hutton, Dean’s father, said:

“Before his brain injury, Dean was completely independent but now needs help with almost everything he does. When we first heard about the brain injury we were so worried and we prepared for the worst.

Dean Hutton before he was assaulted

"Dean is battling back bravely and his rehabilitation has helped him come a long way. He is now attending college and we are just relieved that the Police have admitted responsibility..."

“We are angry that Dean’s injury was not accounted for and so dealt with by police officers sooner. We were thankful to the IPCC for investigating and hope that nothing like this is allowed to happen to others again."

"Nothing can change what happened but thankfully now we can begin to move on with our lives..."

Police admit liability after man left in cells with brain injury

A 26-year-old-man who suffered a serious brain injury when he was assaulted with a metal bar before being left for 10 hours in a police cell with no medical treatment has taken the next step in his battle for justice.

Dean Hutton, from Wath-Upon-Dearne, sustained a serious brain injury during an assault, in which he was hit over the head with a scaffolding pole, before being taken to Rotherham Main Street Police Station.

Dean Hutton before he was assaulted

The case was due to be heard at a five-day High Court Trial in March 2014 but South Yorkshire Police has now admitted full liability for his injuries after evidence found that had he received medical treatment for his head injury earlier, he would have made a full recovery.

Despite surgery and rehabilitation treatment he still suffers from ongoing physical, cognitive and behavioural difficulties.

Following the incident, in Masbrough, Dean’s attackers, brothers Brett and James Garbutt, were found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent at Sheffield Crown Court and were sentenced to seven years, five months and five years imprisonment respectively.

Dean now suffers physical and behavioural difficulties

An investigation by the IPCC found that the custody sergeant failed to complete an adequate risk assessment, and did not consider all of the information available to him when assessing Mr Hutton’s condition.

It also found that at the handover of his shift he did not visit each of the detainees, and that handover meetings were unstructured, informal, not documented, and did not make specific reference to each detainee - all of which are against national police guidelines.

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