Alois Dvorzac was being held at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre, in Hillingdon, Middlesex, the largest such site in the country. Photograph: Web Collect/Central News

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An 84-year-old man being held at a detention centre died of a heart attack after being shackled for five hours while suffering chest pains, an inquest has heard.

Alois Dvorzac, a former electrical engineer, was at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre after being denied entry to the UK during a journey from Canada to his native Slovenia.

An inquest at West London coroner’s court heard that Dvorzac was taken for emergency treatment on 10 February 2013 from Harmondsworth to a west London hospital with acute coronary syndrome.

Paramedic Ricardo Ambrosino said the team who met them at Hillingdon hospital’s A&E department was shocked by the handcuffs and chain.

Ambrosino, who treated Dvorzac in the ambulance, said: “The nurse in charge, and there was another nurse there, when they saw him, they were shocked, they were saying: ‘Wow, why is he chained, why is he chained?’ I questioned it as well and I was told it was Home Office procedure. It was unnecessary. He was a frail person. He could barely walk. He was … unwell.”

Source: Man, 84, awaiting deportation died in handcuffs ‘due to Home Office rules’ | UK news | The Guardian

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