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Two police staff could face manslaughter charges after a homeless man died [Image: PA].

Sometimes reporting these deaths seems a thankless exercise; they keep happening and nobody is ever brought to account for them.

Not in this case – perhaps.

But if police officers are brought to court to account for their part in the death of Pericles Malagardis, why not Jobcentre advisors working for the Department for Work and Pensions?

This Writer knows of at least one occasion in which a benefit claimant froze to death after being sanctioned by the DWP.

Their excuse: “We were only following orders” (as used at Nuremberg).

It isn’t good enough.

If this case does go to trial, it will be time for pressure to bring DWP staff to book as well.

Prosecutors will decide whether two Metropolitan Police Service employees should be charged over the death of a homeless man, the police watchdog has said.

Pericles Malagardis, 63, was found unresponsive outside Uxbridge police station in west London on March 5 last year, hours after being ejected from the reception.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider if charges of gross negligence manslaughter should be brought against two members of Metropolitan Police Service staff.

Mr Malagardis, who had been sleeping rough at Heathrow Airport, visited the police station on March 4, 2016, to collect his dog, which had been put in kennels while he went to hospital.

The Greek national was asked to leave at 12.40am the next day and removed by staff, but stayed outside.

He was found unresponsive at around 5.30am and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6.45am.

The IPCC said its investigation had centred on the decision to remove the man and the level of care provided by staff in the hours after and when he was found unresponsive.

(Source: Homeless man died ‘after police kicked him out of station on winter night’)


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