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'Fake paramedic' who treated dying teenager is jailed

Rio Andrews, 15, died of a drugs overdose at a rave in Croydon. Credit: Facebook

A fraudster who posed as a trained paramedic while treating a 15-year-old boy who was dying from a drugs overdose has been jailed.

Kevin Davis, 53, ran a company offering emergency medical care service despite not being properly qualified to treat patients.

He was providing medical services to revellers at an illegal rave in Croydon in June 2014 where 15-year-old Rio Andrew took a fatal drugs overdose.

The dying teenager was initially treated by Davis and two of his colleagues, both of whom were trainees ambulance technicians who had to be supervised by a qualified technician.

Rio was later handed over to the London Ambulance Service, but died of multiple organ failure and ecstasy intoxication.

The rave was taking place in this disused Royal Mail building in Croydon. Credit: Google Earth

Questions were first raised over Davis' medical qualifications as part of the investigation into Rio's death.

At an inquest in January 2016, Davis was called as a witness and replied ‘no comment’ to all questions asked of him by the Coroner.

The hearing found that Rio's death couldn’t have been prevented, but the coroner said questions remained over Davis's qualifications and asked police to investigate further.

Davis, who ran a company called Pioneer Medical Solutions, repeatedly failed to provide detectives with evidence that he was a qualified ambulance technician and deferred numerous appointments with police.

Detectives then staged a raid of his Birmingham home and company offices in January 2015.

They found two forged certificates purporting to show he had qualified as West Midlands NHS and completed an ambulance driving training course.

Police said that Davis had repeatedly tried to avoid their investigations. Credit: PA

Davis of Ridgacre Lane, Quinton, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud at Croydon Crown Court on 20 November and was sentenced to 29 months imprisonment.

The hearing was told that his company had folded as a result of the fraud coming to light.

It heard that Davis' two trainees, who had not idea that their boss was not properly qualified, had also suffered as a result of his deception.

They had more than 1,000 hours of work signed off the company boss but their training was later ruled invalid.

Detective Inspector Helen Barling, the deputy senior investigating officer in the case, said David had tried to avoid questions for over a year after Rio's death.

She added: "Davis said he did not receive any payment for providing medical care at the illegal rave but, as an unqualified IHCD ambulance technician, he should not have been supervising other’s treatment of patients."