INQUEST: Jury to consider if police missed opportunities to save man

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A jury who will determine the reason for Adrian McDonald’s death in Newcastle has today been told to consider if police missed opportunities to help him survive.

Addressing the jury in Hanley Town Hall,  Senior Coroner Ian Smith told them to consider if the police had missed an opportunity to improve Adrian’s chances of survival.

The 34-year-old, of Dalton, Huddersfield died on December 22, 2014, in police custody after being arrested for barricading himself into a flat on Audley Road in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

He was bitten by a police dog several times and tasered during the incident.

The inquest has heard that he had high levels of cocaine in his system at the time of his death and evidence of cannabis and alcohol.

The jury heard the closing statements of the inquest today and all the previous witness statements from the past two weeks.

They were reminded of police witness statements and heard how Adrian was in a rage and at one point had his left hand clenched in a fist leaving police fearing an attack.

Evidence from Paul Carter, a friend of Adrian’s who’s flat he was in and drinking with during the day, had previously told the court how: “Adrian stood out, he was a big chap always smiling and not aggressive.”

Mr Carter had told the court how he was surprised at the number of police at the scene and how Adrian had been agitated and stressed but not aggressive.

Speaking to the jury, the Coroner told them to consider whether an ambulance should have been called to the flat when the police were made aware of Adrian’s mental state.

They were also asked to decide if his overall condition was adequately assessed after being bitten multiple times by the police dog and tasered.

The inquest was adjourned until the jury reach their final conclusion.

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