3 Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Mentally Ill Man’s Custody Death – 17 December 2014

RT logoThree police officers have been charged with manslaughter over the death of a mentally ill man who died a week after being restrained while in custody.

Thomas Orchard, 32, collapsed in a cell at Heavitree Road Police Station, Exeter, after his arrest in 2012. He died a week later in hospital.

Sergeant Jan Kingshott and custody detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden, who all work for Devon and Cornwall Police, are accused of manslaughter.

Orchard, who worked as a church caretaker, was arrested in Exeter on October 3, 2012, on suspicion of a public order offense. Orchard, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, had been bound in handcuffs and leg restraints and a padded belt placed across his mouth and nose.

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