Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police
The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of the conclusion of an inquest at West London Coroner’s Court into the death of Pericles Malagardis in 2016 and the narrative given by the jury.
The jury concluded that Mr Malagardis died of a pre-existing medical condition accelerated by hypothermia. The coroner, having heard evidence from Inspector Daniel Hastings, did not make a Preventing Future Death report.
The only criticism of police was an observation by the jury that “whilst outside the deterioration in his physical condition was not noticed”.
Commander Dr Alison Heydari, from local policing, said: “This is a tragic case and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Mr Malagardis’s family and friends. I am grateful the inquest has provided the opportunity for all the evidence relating to Mr Malagardis’s death to be presented in open court for everyone to hear.
“In November 2018, we dismissed without notice a police constable for her failure to help Mr Malagardis that night and I apologise on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service for the manner in which she dealt with him and the lack of compassion she showed. A member of police staff, who also dealt with Mr Malagardis faced a misconduct hearing. The panel did not find any allegations of gross misconduct substantiated.
“We would never want our officers or staff to treat anyone in this way and I hope it brings a little comfort to Mr Malagardis’s friends and family that the way the Metropolitan Police Service deals with the public who attend our stations has changed and improved in recent years.
“After working with staff, charities, local authorities and other policing bodies we introduced a policy to not only ensure that all staff and officers know their duty of care and personal legal responsibilities when a member of the public attends our buildings, but also how to identify and help vulnerable individuals and manage risks.
“For any homeless person who does attend a station, staff and officers are now expected to provide them with information about relevant support agencies that can assist them and look for opportunities to directly refer them to support services.
“These new guidelines are crucial as they clearly lay out what is expected of our staff and officers when any member of the public comes to the station.”
Following Mr Malagardis’s death, a mandatory referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (then the Independent Police Complaints Commission).
The IPCC carried out an investigation and referred a PC and a member of police staff, based in Hillingdon borough, to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to decide if any criminal charges should be brought in relation to this death. The CPS concluded that no charges should be brought against either the officer or the member of staff.
The IPCC report recommended that both PC Kalsi and the member of police staff had cases to answer for gross misconduct in respect of the treatment and monitoring of Mr Malagardis following his removal from the Police Station.
PC Kalsi, based at Hillingdon borough, was dismissed without notice for gross incompetence on 16 November 2018. The member of police staff faced a misconduct hearing. The panel did not find any allegations of gross misconduct substantiated against him.