Family of Olaseni Lewis win judicial review into death three years on
PUBLISHED: 10:42 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:44 04 September 2013
The family of a masters student who died after being restrained by police at Bethlem Royal Hospital, in Beckenham, have won a judicial review into his death.
Olaseni Lewis, 23, slipped into a coma and later died after collapsing while being restrained by Met Police officers.
The Kingston University student was restrained three times, first by hospital staff and then by officers, in 45 minutes before collapsing.
This High Court result means the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) investigation into the death has been quashed.
All officers in question will now be interviewed under caution by the IPCC as part of a new enquiry.
Mr Lewis had no history of mental health issues, but was admitted to the hospital, in Monks Orchard Road, voluntarily on August 31 after his friends and family became concerned by his erratic behaviour two days earlier.
He was given CPR after his collapse and taken to Croydon Hospital, but was pronounced brain dead three days later on September 3. His life support machine was switched off the next day.
IPCC deputy chair, Rachel Cerfontyne, said welcomes the High Court ruling as a which will take Mr Lewis’ family a “step closer” to providing answers.
She added: “We have written to the Metropolitan Police Service drawing their attention to the High Court ruling and now expect them to expeditiously record the conduct matters so that we can proceed with our investigation.
“This has been a very long and protracted process in which we have explored all avenues available to us. We are determined to conduct a robust and thorough re-investigation as it is what is demanded to finally understand what happened to Seni Lewis.”
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