Terry Smith inquest: Stanwell father restrained by ‘up to six officers’ at police station after family called ambulance, inquest hears

February 13, 2018
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A 33-year-old father was arrested and restrained by “up to six police officers” at Staines police station after his family called an ambulance to their Stanwell home, an inquest has heard.

Terry Smith was pronounced dead at St Peter’s Hospital at around 9pm on November 13 2013, two days after arriving at his parents’ house in Douglas Road.

Opening the inquest into Mr Smith’s death on Monday (February 12), Surrey coroner Richard Travers told the jury that Mr Smith had told his family that his relationship with his girlfriend had ended.

Mr Travers said: “It seemed that on November 12 he spent the day in his room and was first seen some time after 9pm.

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“His family will tell you that he was acting very strangely, that he was acting paranoid saying someone was going to kill him and they could not get him to calm down.

“Terry’s sister called 999 and requested assistance from an ambulance. She told the operator that he was hallucinating, going crazy and seemed like he had taken drugs.”

The jury heard that the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) arranged for two employees of ERS Medical to attend, a company which provides specialist patient transport and courier services to the NHS.

“[Terry’s] behaviour continued to be out of control inside his parents’ home and then he ran out onto the street where he was pacing in an agitated state and only wearing his boxer shorts,” Mr Travers told the court.

Terry Smith
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When the ERS Medical staff arrived at 10.09pm, they decided not to approach Mr Smith and requested police attendance, following which two Surrey Police officers arrived at the scene and restrained Mr Smith on the ground after he ran into the landing, the jury was told.

Mr Smith was handcuffed and detained under the Mental Health Act as more police officers arrived at the scene, the court heard.

Mr Travers continued: “By this time, police response at the scene was being managed by a police sergeant, I expect that you will hear from one of the emergency medical technicians – that person asked Terry’s father to look in his son’s room for drugs in order to identify what, if anything, he had taken.

“He did so and handed to that technician a bag of white substance. The technician made the police sergeant aware and he subsequently handed it to the police.

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“You will hear evidence of what was said about Terry’s presentation and his condition and about where he should be taken, whether he should be taken to the hospital or the police station.

“The police sergeant decided that he should go to Staines police station, there was some discussion about this.”

Mr Smith was then carried to the police van and driven to the police station where he arrived at around 11pm, the court heard.

He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and “there was some discussion between the sergeant and the custody sergeant concerning the grounds for his detention and whether it was appropriate for him to be at the station”, Mr Travers told the jury.

Terry Smith was taken to Staines police station
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“While he was lying on a plastic mattress up to six officers continued to restrain him in the cell,” Mr Travers said.

A doctor was then asked to look at a cut which Mr Smith had suffered to his legs and at around 11.28pm, he advised that Mr Smith should be taken to hospital.

Police decided to fit a body cuff on Mr Smith before taking him to hospital and there was “some difficulty” in doing so, the court heard.

Mr Travers explained that by 11.57pm, the officers had succeeded in fitting the body cuff and he was carried to the police van.

He was still being restrained at 12.13am on November 13 and an ambulance was called at 12.22am.

“At some point Terry stopped breathing and he was carried to the ambulance, paramedics successfully carried out CPR and at 1.01am, they took him to the emergency department of St Peter’s Hospital,” Mr Travers said.

“Sadly, while he was there, Terry was pronounced dead.”

The inquest continues at the HG Wells Conference and Events Centre in Woking.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/terry-smith-inquest-stanwell-father-14281695


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