G4S workers plead not guilty to killing an asylum seeker

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THREE G4S workers accused of killing an Angolan asylum seeker on a British Airways flight have denied manslaughter.

Terence Hughes, 53, of Northern Parade, Portsmouth,Stuart Tribelnig, 39, of Lees street, Horley, Surrey, and Colin Kaler, 51, of Whitebeam Close, Kempston, are accused of unlawfully killing Jimmy Kelenda Mubenga on the jet in October 2010.

Mr Mubenga, 46, died after being subject to ‘control and restraint’ techniques by the three detention and custody officers, it is alleged.

He had arrived in the UK in 1994, where his applications for permanent residency were refused.

The three men spoke only to confirm their names and enter not guilty pleas to two counts of manslaughter of the same victim in once incident at the Old Bailey yesterday

The first charge is unlawful killing by the use of unreasonable force and the second is unlawful killing by gross negligence and breach of their duty of care.

The three guards allegedly put the detainee in a restrictive position that meant he could not breathe.

It is claimed they kept him restrained for an ‘unnecessary’ and prolonged amount of time despite him saying that he was suffocating on the flight to Angola.

Mr Mubenga had been granted ‘exceptional permission’ to stay in the country, until a conviction for assault occasioning actual bodily harm resulted in a two year jail term.

He was in the process of being removed from the country when he died after being restrained on board the plane at Heathrow airport on October 12, 2010.

The guards were arrested after Mubenga’s death but in 2012 the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to bring any charges.

That decision was reviewed following an inquest into Mubenga’s death last year in which a jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing after an eight-week hearing.

The trial will take place on November 3 and is expected to last six to eight weeks.

Hughes, Kaler and Tribelnig, were each given conditional bail.