INQUEST response to Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah police misconduct hearing
15 June 2015
Habib “Paps” Ullah, a 39 year old father of three, died when he was stopped and searched by police on 3 July 2008 in the Sharrow Vale area of High Wycombe. In the course of being forcibly restrained, Habib suffered a cardiac arrest. In March 2015 a jury returned a comprehensive and highly critical misadventure and narrative conclusion in relation to the level of force used to restrain Habib Ullah and the lack of appropriate after care provided by police.
Almost seven years later and after two inquests into his death a misconduct hearing took place in Newbury. This is only one of two public misconduct hearings under the old regulations. In future all such hearings will be held in public after the directive that the Home Secretary’s decision last year.
In response to the outcome of the misconduct hearing Deborah Coles, Co-Director of INQUEST said:
Given 'the breathtaking changes' to the police officers accounts it is astonishing that senior police officers hearing this case have found no misconduct. We can fully understand family and public frustration that once again it appears that the system for holding police to account has failed to deliver justice and accountability. This decision brings the police disciplinary system into disrepute.
‘Although it is fair to say I was given adequate opportunity to express my views the final verdict was not the one I had hoped for. We were all devastated to think that [our brother] had died in such tragic circumstances and no one had been made accountable.’
– Family of man who died while detained under the Mental Health Act