Security guards charged in death of man being deported

Posted Oct 19, 2010 by Lynn Curwin
Three security guards have been charged after a man being deported collapsed while a British Airways flight was preparing for takeoff at Heathrow Airport, and was later pronounced dead.
File photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436
File photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436
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Jimmy Mubenga, 46, was being restrained by the guards when he lost consciousness.
“Police and the London Ambulance Service were called at 20:25hrs on Tuesday, 12 October, to reports of a man unwell on a British Airways flight preparing for departure from Heathrow Airport to Angola,” stated a Metropolitan Police press release.
Mubenga was taken by ambulance to Hillingdon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Police reported that a post-mortem, which took place on 14 October proved inconclusive, and further tests will be conducted to establish the cause of death. Detectives from the MPS Homicide and Serious Crime command are investigating, and an inquest will take place at West London Coroner's court.
On 18 October, the three security guards, ages 35, 48 and 49, were arrested by appointment at a West London police station and have been released on bail. They worked for G4S, a private security firm contracted to oversee Home Office deportations.
In an article last week The Guardian reported that a witness said Mubenga had bee trying to get up and saying "I don't want to go," and later complained that he couldn’t breathe for at least 10 minutes before he lost consciousness.
Mubenga's wife, Makenda Kambana, told the newspaper that she had spoken to her husband earlier in the day, and he appeared to be calm and was getting on with his guards at that time.
Mubenga and his wife lived in Ilford, Essex, with their five children, who range in age from seven months to 16 years.
In 2006, Mubenga was convicted of bodily harm and given a two-year sentence following a brawl in a nightclub.