4th to 15th June 2015

Shaw House, Newbury


The misconduct hearing of the five officers present at the death of Habib Ullah on 3 July 2008 is to take place in public at Shaw House, Newbury from 4 to 15 June 2015.


The five officers have cases to answer for gross misconduct for breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour for leaving out materially significant details from the statements they submitted to the IPCC investigation into the death and for subsequently failing to correct this omission. One of the officers also has a case to answer for gross misconduct in respect of the use of force.


It has been extremely rare for police misconduct hearings to be held in public. With the changes announced by Theresa May that came into force in May 2015, all police misconduct hearings will in future be in public.


Family of Habib Ullah:


“The family of Habib Ullah has given a cautious welcome to the misconduct hearing being held in public and hopes that this will result in the officers being held to account and facing the appropriate sanction.”


Deborah Coles, Co-Director of INQUEST, said:


“INQUEST welcomes the fact that these and future police disciplinary hearings are to be held in public as this allows for greater transparency of the police disciplinary process.


This case has raised very serious concerns about police restraint and use of force and it is important that the actions of the officers involved are thoroughly scrutinised.”


The family, legal team and INQUEST, will make no further comment until the conclusion of the hearing.


INQUEST has been working with the family of Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah since his death in July 2008.  The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Marian Ellingworth from Tuckers solicitors.