Manslaughter trial told of deportee’s cries

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The cries of an Angolan deportee who died after being restrained on a flight out of the UK were audible 15 rows away from his seat, a court has heard.

Jimmy Mubenga, 46, could be heard saying ‘I can’t breathe’ to three G4S guards restraining him on the British Airways aircraft, passenger David Brown told the Old Bailey.

Guards Terrence Hughes, 53, of Portsmouth, Colin Kaler, 52 and Stuart Tribelnig, 39, are charged with the manslaughter of Mr Mubenga.

Hughes, Kaler, of Kempston, Bedfordshire, and Tribelnig, from Horley, Surrey, deny the charge against them.

Mr Brown told their trial he could still hear what was going on after being moved from economy class row 39, the same as Mr Mubenga, to the premium economy row 24 on the October 12, 2010 flight.

He said: ‘I could hear that things were still happening. I could still hear him saying “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe”.’

Mr Brown, who was working in Angola, told the jury that after sitting down in his economy World Traveller seat he saw Mr Mubenga flanked by guards in the middle three seats of the Boeing 777. He said the Angolan national was on his knees with his hands tied behind his back.