Wife condemns CPS on deportee death
The wife of an Angolan man who died after being restrained by G4S security staff as he was deported has said she "can't understand" why the guards will not face charges.
Jimmy Mubenga, 46, became ill on a plane as it prepared to leave Heathrow Airport in October 2010, and died later in hospital.
The CPS has said there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against the three civilian guards who escorted the father-of-five, or their employer.
Mr Mubenga's wife Makenda Adrienne Kambana said: "We are distraught my husband has been taken away from me and my children have lost their father. He was crying for help before he was killed. We can't understand why the officers and G4S are not answerable to the law as we or any other member of the public would be."
Senior crown advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service, Gaon Hart, said there was not enough evidence to charge the guards or their employer, G4S Care and Justice Services UK Limited.
To bring a prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter it would need to be proved that the guards' actions were "more than a minimal" cause of his death. Mr Hart said: "Taking into account the compelling evidence from medical experts, who identified a number of potential causes of death, I have concluded that I would be unable to prove this."
Equally, there was not enough evidence to bring charges of unlawful act manslaughter or misconduct in public office against the guards, he said.
Mr Hart added: "I appreciate the outcome is not what the family of Mr Mubenga would have hoped for. It is, however, the only decision I can make in accordance with both the evidence and the law. Once again, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family. I have offered to meet with them to explain this decision in person."
Alex Preston, solicitor for the three guards, Terence Hughes, Stuart Tribelnig and Colin Kaler, said they had been "in limbo" for nearly two years: "Mr Mubenga's death was a tragedy. My clients have always recognised how keenly that tragedy has been felt by his family, too.
"For their part, my three clients have endured 21 months in legal limbo since October 2010, unable to work or move forward with their lives and often the object of an easy stereotyping that bears no relation to their true feelings. They are relieved that this criminal investigation is finally over."