LONDON – A British jury has cleared three security guards of manslaughter in the 2010 death of an Angolan man who collapsed while being deported.
The jury Tuesday acquitted Colin Kaler, 52, Terrence Hughes, 53, and Stuart Tribelnig, 39, of causing the death of 46-year-old Jimmy Mubenga.
The guards, employees of the private firm G4S, sought to restrain Mubenga on a British Airways flight out of Heathrow. Passengers said they heard Mubenga cry out, "I can't breathe," but the guards insisted they never heard him.
Mubenga suffered cardio-respiratory collapse as the flight taxied. The plane stopped and he was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Prosecutors decided in 2012 the guards would not face charges but the case was re-examined after an inquest found Mubenga was the victim of unlawful killing.