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Daniel Walker, instructed by Caroline Hayward, represented the Security Industry Authority (‘SIA’) in a 20-day Article 2 Jury Inquest before HMC Graeme Irvine at Walthamstow Coroner’s Court.
JL, suffering from a psychotic episode, chased a man to the ExCel Centre, London. Fearing for his safety, the man was allowed into the ExCel Centre, prior to its opening, so he could get away from JL. Security operatives were manning the main doors and the exhibition space within the hall that was preparing to welcome guests. JL approached the entrance and managed to force his way through security into the main building. Whilst in the main building, JL was restrained by up to 6 SIA-licensed security operatives. Whilst being restrained, JL was held in the prone position face down. It was established that JL’s resistance decreased during the restraint. On police arriving, an ambulance was called which took JL to hospital. Whilst in hospital, JL died. JL suffered a cardiac arrest during the restraint from which he never recovered.
During the Inquest, the Coroner and the Jury heard evidence from multiple witnesses including the security operatives, their employer and restraint experts. Following questioning, the jury did not find that SIA approved training caused or contributed to JL’s death. No adverse findings were made against the SIA.