Octogenarian awaiting deportation died in handcuffs ‘due to Home Office rules’

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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3 thoughts on “Octogenarian awaiting deportation died in handcuffs ‘due to Home Office rules’

  1. NMac

    This is almost unbelievable. Why the heck couldn’t the poor man be allowed to continue his journey to Slovenia before he became ill – surely he didn’t have to be detained here?

  2. wildswimmerpete

    Harmondsworth Detention Centre is run by another American outfit, GEO, who flaunt themselves as “the world’s leading provider of correctional detention”. A bastion of our neo-fascist Tory Corporate State. I sincerely hope that GEO will be charged with corporate manslaughter, together with the personnel involved in this disgraceful business.

  3. Dez

    Are they in competition with IDS storm troopers as to who can be the most dispicable reptiles on the planet by committing the most inhumane acts possible. Total shame for such idiot thinking on the ground and chain of command….such that it was.

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