G4S Escapes Prosecution Over 2010 Death as U.K. Charges 3 Guards

A G4S Plc (GFS) unit escaped prosecution over the 2010 death of a man at London’s Heathrow Airport, while three guards employed by the company will be charged, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

Overturning its 2012 decision not to press charges, the CPS said there was enough evidence to charge Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig with manslaughter. The three men will appear at a London court April 7.

Jimmy Mubenga died while being deported after he was restrained by three G4S guards at the airport on an Angola-bound airplane in 2010. The three guards were arrested about a week after Mubenga’s death and no longer work for G4S.

The prosecutors said today that G4S Care and Justice Services U.K. Ltd. wouldn’t face corporate manslaughter charges because it “would require evidence capable of establishing beyond reasonable doubt that a ‘controlling mind’ in the corporation was personally guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence,” in an e-mailed statement.

The CPS reviewed its July 2012 decision not to press charges following an inquest into the death, which returned a verdict of unlawful killing. All new evidence at the inquest was taken into account during the review, the CPS said.

A call to the G4S press office wasn’t immediately returned.

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