INQUEST - Bangor man died after being taken into custody, court hears


Staff reporter (NW Chronicle)

AN INQUEST has begun into the death 11 years ago of a who died after being taken into police custody, after he was ejected from a Bangor nightclub and restrained by doormen on a pavement.

A number of police officers and doctors are among witnesses due to give evidence at the Caernarfon hearing, before a jury and coroner Karon Monaghan QC.

Hywel Hughes, aged 32, of Bangor, was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd but died. He’d been to the Joops nightspot in 2003.

The inquest is expected to last until later next week.

The jury heard Mr Hughes was restrained on the ground for seven minutes by bouncers. CCTV footage played to the jury showed him then being lifted from the ground by two police officers and placed in the rear of a police vehicle.

He was driven to Caernarfon police station where officers noticed had no heartbeat. Mr Hughes was given first aid and an ambulance took him to hospital.

Chief Superintendent Jeremy Vaughan of North Wales Police told the inquest there had been a detailed probe into the tragedy.

The coroner told the jury that the doormen had been cleared of manslaughter at Mold crown court and the inquest would focus on the police action.

Referring to the time it had taken to hold the inquest, the coroner said it was "extremely regrettable" and was partly due to legal reasons and partly administrative ones.

The inquest continues.


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