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Kingsley Burrell: Police 'injected man's head' claim, inquest jury hears

2015-04-08 09:05:59

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A man detained under the Mental Health Act was allegedly beaten, left handcuffed on the floor of a Birmingham hospital ward and injected in the head by an officer just days before he died, an inquest heard.

Kingsley Burrell, 29, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QE) on March 31 2011, four days after he was sectioned following a disturbance at a shop in the city.

Mr Burrell was taken to a mental health unit after he called emergency services to the Haymer corner shop in Winson Green on March 27 2011, claiming he was threatened by two armed men while he was with his four-year-old son.

His sister, Kadisha Brown-Burrell, told Birmingham Coroner's Court that when she visited her brother at the Oleaster mental health unit at the QE with his partner, Chantelle Graham, later that day he appeared “very stiff” and could hardly move his body.

Ms Brown-Burrell said: “When he walked out he walked over stiff. He couldn’t move his head, couldn’t move his body, couldn’t move his shoulders.

“Kingsley had three lumps, one on his forehead. I said to Chantelle, ‘Take a picture of that’.

“Kingsley said to me, ‘I can’t move’. He couldn’t move the upper part of his body.”

She added: “Kingsley was barefoot and had pyjama bottoms on. I could see that he was really upset, saying, ‘How can they put me in here knowing I was calling for help because there were a couple of guys after me?”’

When she and Ms Graham returned to see him the following day Mr Burrell told them he had been restrained in handcuffs for a number of hours after he had been taken to the hospital.

Ms Brown-Burrell said: “He said that while he was in the QE during assessment he was on the floor, and all he wanted was a glass of water.

“They had made him incontinent and he had wet himself. He was on the floor for five or six hours and all he wanted was water and for them to release the cuffs.”

Mr Burrell told her a police officer had offered to loosen the cuffs for him, but “instead he tightened them”, she told the court.

She later said he told her that he had been involved in a struggle in the back of the ambulance, and that three members of hospital staff had watched on at a mental health unit while police officers injected him into his brain.

She said: “Kingsley said, ‘They have drugged me up in my head, they have injected me into my brain’.”

Ms Brown-Burrell described her brother, a father of three, as “calm, collected and outgoing”, but that he had been worried about a paternity issue with an ex-girlfriend, who claimed that her son was not his and had named it after another man.

The inquest heard that Mr Burrell had been trying to get the woman, Charmaine Clarke, to take a DNA test to confirm whether he was the father.

The jury was told he had been worried that the two men who came to the shop had come to threaten him over the issue, and that he had said the only reason he was not shot was because he had another son with him.

But CCTV footage played to the court showed no sign of armed men in the shop, but Mr Brown looking agitated and gesticulating wildly near the counter.

In a 999 call played to the jury, Mr Burrell is heard saying: “Someone tried to put a gun to my head.

“They’ve got firearms on them and they’ve put a gun to my head. They put a machine gun to my head.

“I’m not leaving the shop. The little one is scared for his safety.

“They’re outside waiting for me.”

A child could be heard calling what sounds like “Dad” in the background.

Kirpal Kaur, a shop assistant from Haymer supermarket, near Edgbaston Reservoir, told the inquest Mr Burrell was acting “fidgety” before he rang police saying: “There’s somebody out there. They are trying to shoot and kill me.”

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