Force employees may face charges over homeless man`s death outside police station

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to decide whether two Metropolitan Police Service employees should face gross negligence manslaughter charges over the death of a homeless man.

Sep 5, 2017

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to decide whether two Metropolitan Police Service employees should face gross negligence manslaughter charges over the death of a homeless man. Pericles Malagardis, 63, was found unresponsive outside Uxbridge police station hours after being ejected from the reception on March 5 last year. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has conducted an investigation into the decision to remove the man, the level of care provided by staff having ejected him and the care provided once staff found him unresponsive. It has referred the matter to the CPS to consider whether charges should be brought against the MPS pair. Mr Malagardis, who had been sleeping rough at Heathrow Airport, visited the west London police station on March 4, 2016, to collect his dog, which had been put in a kennel while he was in hospital the previous day. The Greek national was asked to leave the reception at 12.40am the following day and removed by staff, but he remained outside. When a check on his well-being was made at about 5.30am he was unresponsive and the London Ambulance Service was called. Mr Malagardis was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 6.45am. IPCC Associate Commissioner Tom Milsom said: “We will now await a CPS decision on the matter.” The investigation report, including findings as to whether or not the officers should face misconduct proceedings, has also been provided to the MPS.

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