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INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF PAUL DAVIES IN SOUTH WALES POLICE CUSTODY

INQUEST PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release 17 June 2010

10 am Monday 21 June
Coroner’s Court, Rock Chambers,
Aberdare CF44 7LA

The inquest into the death of Paul Davies is due to commence on Monday 21 June 2010 before HM Coroner for Bridgend and the Glamorgan Valleys, Peter Maddox.

Paul Davies died on 28 September 2006 following an incident involving South Wales Police two days earlier on 26 September when officers executed a search warrant at Paul’s home address. Whilst Paul was under the watch of one of the officers he placed a small plastic bag of amphetamines in his mouth.

Officers attempted to get Paul to remove the package from his mouth. At some point the package became lodged in his airway and he collapsed. CPR was carried out and an ambulance was called. Paramedics worked on Paul for a period of time before taking him to Neath Port Talbot Hospital, and he was later transferred to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend where the blockage was removed as there were no facilities to remove the blockage at Neath Port Talbot. Paul never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at 12.25am on 28 September 2006.

The family hope that the inquest will answer their following concerns:

Paul had previously swallowed a packet in 2005 following a drug search; why was this incident not put on the Police National Computer to alert officers to this risk?

  • The period of time it took to contact an ambulance.
  • Why he was taken to a hospital which did not possess the facilities to remove blockages from the airways?
  • Why a number of officers statements give a different version of events to that of Paul’s partner Eileen Wellington who was present at the time of the incident.

The family will be represented at the inquest by INQUEST Lawyers Group members barrister Sean Horstead of Garden Court Chambers, instructed by Gemma Vine of Farleys Solicitors.

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