IL RAPPORTO DEL POLICE OMBUDSMAN SULLA MORTE DI JOHN BRADY

Rilevate inadempienze degli agenti addetti alla custodia del prigioniero e violazione delle norme atte a ridurre al minimo il rischio di prigionieri, polizia e gli altri nella suite custodia

Il Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson ha presentato la propria relazione sulla morte di John Brady. Il corpo del prominente repubblicano era stato rinvenuto cadavere nella sala interrogatori della stazione di polizia in Strand Road a Derry il 9 ottobre 2009. A farne il ritrovamento fu il suo avvocato.
La causa della morte è stata stabilita in suicidio. Conclusione apparsa da sempre dubbiosa e contro la quale la famiglia Brady sta ancora combattendo.
Stando al rapporto sull’incidente, John Brady risulterebbe essersi tolto la vita impiccandosi con le corde delle sue scarpe ancorate ad un finestra posta poco al di sopra del livello del pavimento.
Il Police Ombudsman dopo aver interloquito con la famiglia della vittima, ha dichiarato: “La morte di qualcuno è un evento tragico e lo è ancor di più quando quel qualcuno si toglie la vita, mentre è  sotto la custodia e la cura della polizia. Il dolore della  famiglia deve essere rispettato. In situazioni come queste è fondamentale che le circostanze della morte vengano attentamente esaminate “.
John Brady era stato arrestato a Strabane solo pochi giorni prima, in relazione ad una presunta aggressione.
Dopo aver analizzato la documentazione fornita dalla polizia,  tutti i filmati a circuito chiuso e ascoltato le registrazioni audio eseguite nella stanza dove è avvenuto il fatto – durante tutto il periodo di detenzione del repubblicano – Al Hutchinson afferma l’inesistenza di alcun prova di molestie o comportamenti inadeguati degli ufficiali di custodia.
Anche se all’interno della sala di consultazione in cui Brady è morto non ci sono telecamere, una CCTV ha fornito una copertura ininterrotta della sola porta del locale. Il filmato dimostra che nessuno è entrato o uscito dalla sala di consultazione durante il periodo di 33 minuti, nei quali il detenuto è rimasto solo in attesa della visita del suo avvocato.
Gli investigatori hanno accertato che non c’era altro modo di raggiungere la stanza sia dall’interno che dall’esterno, nemmeno attraverso il soffitto. La controsoffittatura è risualtata essere completamente chiusa.
Chiunque abbia avuto contatti con il signor Brady dopo il suo arresto è stato interrogato dagli inquirenti del Police Ombudsman, attestando la veridicità delle loro affermazioni attraverso l’attento esame di tutti i filmati delle CCTV.
Al Hutchinson ha anche rivelato che il trattamento di primo soccorso somministrato a Brady non fu conforme alla formazione della polizia. Un ufficiale praticò tecniche di rianimazione cardio-polmonare, nel tentativo di rianimare Brady, ma ma non fece uso del defibrillatore e non somministrò ossigeno, come raccomandato dalle normative. Un esperto medico ha però concluso, che qualsiasi tecnica rianimatoria non sarebbe stata però sufficiente a riportare in vita il detenuto.
E’ stata anche puntualizzata la negligenza degli agenti nel non aver ritenuto necessario un’adeguata sorveglianza,  nonostante lo stato psicologico di John Brady ritenuto particolarmente vulnerabile.
Il Police Ombudsman ha anche criticato “l’atteggiamento generalmente lascivo” in merito alla gestione della stanza di custodia. Carenze che hanno riguardato anche registrazioni inesatte delle sorveglianze durante le ore notturne e l’inadeguato passaggio di consegne tra gli ufficiali nei cambi di turno.
Hutchinson ha sottolineato che “Queste carenze erano già state evidenziate alla PSNI in una fase iniziale, insieme a raccomandazioni da adottare per evitare il ripetersi di un tale incidente.”

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Police Failings in Brady cell death – Ombudsman (Derry Journal)
The Police Ombudsman has recommended disciplinary action against a number of police officers after an investigation identified failings which provided a prisoner with the opportunity to take his own life while in police custody.
However, Mr Al Hutchinson found no evidence that police had subjected prominent Strabane republican, John Brady, to any form of harassment or inappropriate behaviour during his time in custody.
Mr Brady (40) was found, by his solicitor, hanged in a consultation room at Strand Road Police Station in Derry shortly before 5pm on October 3, 2009. He had used his shoelaces, which had been tied to a window opening mechanism.
Mr Brady had been arrested in Strabane the previous evening following a report that he had been involved in an assault and had made threats to kill. At the time of his arrest he was on weekend home leave as part of a pre-release process from Maghaberry Prison.
Speaking after briefing the family on the findings of his investigation, Mr Hutchinson said: “The death of anyone is a tragic event. It is even more so when someone takes their own life while in the custody and care of the police. The grief of the family needs to be respected. In situations such as these it is essential that the circumstances of the death should be closely examined.”
Mr Hutchinson said that a 12 month investigation by his Office had found that “several failings in the management and design of the custody suite at Strand Road were contributing factors in providing Mr Brady with the opportunity to self harm.”
While acknowledging that officers within the station’s custody suite would have had no indication that Mr Brady was at risk of self-harm, and that they had conducted the associated necessary checks, he said that they had repeatedly breached guidelines designed to minimise risk to prisoners, police and others in the custody suite.
“Mr Brady was left alone and unsupervised in the consultation room on a total of nine occasions, for periods of up to 33 minutes at a time.
“It is totally unacceptable that any prisoner should have been left unsupervised for such significant periods of time, particularly while in possession of shoelaces in a room with a viable ligature point,” said Mr Hutchinson.
As part of their investigation, Police Ombudsman Investigators obtained all relevant police documentation and analysed all CCTV footage and audio recordings made in the Strand Road custody suite during Mr Brady’s period of detention.
Although there were no cameras in the consultation room in which Mr Brady died, a CCTV camera provided uninterrupted coverage of the only door into the room. Footage from this camera shows that no one entered or exited the consultation room during the 33 minute period that he was alone in the room prior to being found by his solicitor.
Investigators established that there was no other way into or out of the room, even via the ceiling. The void above the room’s suspended ceiling was found to be completely enclosed.
They found no evidence that any police officer, other than uniformed custody office staff and officers involved in his arrest, transportation and interview, had contact with Mr Brady during his time in custody.
Anyone who had had contact with Mr Brady following his arrest was interviewed by Police Ombudsman investigators, and the relevant aspects of their accounts verified through comparison with CCTV footage.
Mr Hutchinson also revealed that the first aid treatment administered to Mr Brady was not in accordance with police training. An officer used cardio-pulmonary resuscitation techniques in an attempt to revive him, but did not additionally make use of a defibrillator and oxygen supply, as recommended in training. A medical expert concluded, however, that the additional use of the defibrillator and oxygen supply would not have revived Mr Brady.
Mr Hutchinson also pointed out that the officers should have been aware from police guidance that prisoners may be particularly vulnerable when they know that they are to face criminal charges. Mr Brady had been told during the final consultation with his solicitor that he was going to be charged.
The Police Ombudsman added that an officer’s indication to Mr Brady, shortly after he was admitted to custody, that he would be taken to court, “had the potential to affect his emotional state, given that he was looking forward to release from a long prison sentence”.
However, on the basis of the information police had available to them at that time there were sufficient grounds for his arrest and detention.
The Police Ombudsman also criticised “a generally lax attitude” towards the management of the custody suite. Failings included inaccurate record keeping relating to night time checks on detainees and inadequate communication between officers during shift handovers.
Mr Hutchinson said: “These failings were highlighted to the PSNI at an early stage, along with recommendations for steps to be taken to help prevent a reoccurrence.”
The Police Ombudsman added that he had decided “in the public interest” to report on his findings regarding police interaction with Mr Brady, in advance of an inquest into his death.
John Brady’s family have repeatedly claimed that they do not believe he took his own life and have staged a number of protest vigils outside Strand Road Police Station to highlight the case.
Mr Brady had been imprisoned for the IRA murder of a police officer in 1989. In 1991, he pleaded guilty to killing RUC Reserve Constable David Black who died after an under-car booby-trap device exploded near his home at Ballyheather Road, on the outskirts of Strabane.
Mr Brady, from Drumrallagh Estate in the Head-of-the-Town area of Strabane, was released on licence in 1998 after the Good Friday Agreement. However, he subsequently made clear his opposition to Sinn Fein’s political strategy, his licence was later revoked and he was returned to prison in November 2003.

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