• Home
  •  »  Statistics
  •  »  Unlawful killing verdicts and prosecutions

Unlawful Killing verdicts and prosecutions

Click  on graph for detailed figures on Unlawful Killing Verdicts

 

The figures below represent the number of unlawful killing verdicts and manslaughter or other serious prosecutions of state agents in cases of deaths in prison, police custody or pursuits since 1990. The figures are shown by the year the verdict was returned at an inquest or trial. Where no year is shown there were no unlawful killing verdicts returned.*

 

2013          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Jimmy Mubenga Immigration Yes - acquitted Yes Unlawful killing Black African
Azelle Rodney Police shooting Yes - officer acquitted of murder by majority verdict at trial in June 2015 No - replaced by an inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 Unlawful killing (conclusion of inquiry report) UK Black
2011          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Ian Tomlinson Police custody or following contact with police Yes - officer was tried and acquitted of manslaughter in July 2012. Yes Unlawful killing UK White
2006          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Mikey Powell Police custody or following contact with police Yes - ten officers tried for various offences - charges dropped for four officers at trial in June 2006, remainder acquitted August 2006 Yes Critical narrative UK Black
Robin Goodenough Police custody or following contact with police Yes - three officers tried for manslaughter in 2005 - jury failed to reach verdict; retried for assault in 2006- acquitted No N/A UK White
           
2004          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Harry Stanley Police Shooting No Yes Unlawful killing; overturned at Judicial Review, May 2005 UK White
           
2003          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Roger Sylvester Police custody or following contact with police No Yes Unlawful killing; quashed on a technicality UK Black
           
2002          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Christopher Alder Police custody or following contact with police 5 officers charged with manslaughter - trial collapsed 2002 Yes Unlawful killing Black
           
2001          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
James Ashley Police Shooting Yes - trial halted 2001 No N/A UK White
           
1998          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Alton Manning Prison No yes Unlawful killing Black
           
1997          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Ibrahima Sey Police custody or following contact with police No Yes Unlawful killing Black
David Ewin Police Shooting Yes– acquitted at retrial 1997 No N/A UK White
           
1996          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Shiji Lapite Police custody or following contact with police No Yes Unlawful killing Black
           
1995          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Richard O'Brien Police custody or following contact with police Yes – acquitted at trial 1999 Yes Unlawful killing Irish White
Joy Gardner Police / Immigration Yes – acquitted 1995 No N/A Black
           
1993          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Leon Patterson Police custody or following contact with police No Yes a) Unlawful killing quashed b) new inquest 1996: "misadventure contributed to by neglect" Black
Omasase Lumumba Prison No Yes Unlawful killing Black
           
1991          
Name Type Prosecution Inquest Verdict Ethnicity
Oliver Pryce Police custody or following contact with police No Yes Unlawful killing Black
           
Source: INQUEST casework and monitoring

* There were also verdicts of unlawful killing returned at the inquest in 2003 into the deaths of two teenagers who died following a police pursuit in the Mersey Tunnel; these two verdicts are included in the graph at the top of this page.


Page last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Help and advice
Donate to us
Press releases