Solicitors Instruction – Death Due to Restraint
I have been asked by a solicitor who has seen our Understanding Reasonable Force Audio Set and heard the extracts from the set online, about using the information in a case where a client’s husband was killed during a restraint.
The case is being brought under a breach of Article 2(1) of the Human Rights Act 1998 – a failure in the positive obligation to preserve life.
Only recently we reported on the case of the security guard found not guilty of manslaughter when a man died whilst being restrained by him.
We also reported on the case of Olaseni Lewis who lost his life on the same day that Colin Holt a 57 year old black service users also suffered fatal injuries after police went to his home on the 31st of August this year. These deaths have led to calls for an end to the use of prone restraint on mental health service users and for all mental health providers to phase out the use of calling police to deal with internal incidences within psychiatric settings.
Our ‘Understanding Reasonable Force Audio CD’ comes out next Monday. Can you afford not to know the information that the set contains?
Tomorrow we will be sending out an e-mail about what Managers need to know regarding Reasonable Force and their liability under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 if they don’t.
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