Five officers referred to the CPS following the death of a man in Greater Manchester
20 Aug 2019 02:04 PM
Following an investigation into the actions of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) prior to the death of 30 year-old Portuguese man Andre Moura, evidence will be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to the actions of five of their officers.
The five officers, who are all police constables, were among those who attended the scene of Mr Moura’s arrest prior to his death in the early hours of Saturday 7 July 2018. One officer has been referred for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and misconduct in public office, and the four others for misconduct in public office.
Mr Moura, was arrested after GMPresponded to reports of a domestic incident at around 11:30pm on Friday 6 July in Seventh Avenue, Lime Side, near Oldham. Following his arrest Mr Moura was taken via police van to Ashton-under-Lyne police station where he was found to be unresponsive. An ambulance was called, and Mr Moura was taken to Tameside Hospital where it was confirmed that he had died at around 1.30am, Saturday 7 July.
A post mortem proved inconclusive, but further tests, including a toxicology report, were undertaken to help determine the cause of Mr Moura’s death. It will now be for the coronial process to determine the exact cause of Mr Moura’s death.
Since the start of the investigation we have recovered and analysed CCTV, police officer body worn video, and mobile phone footage of the incident. We also conducted house to house enquiries and have taken statements from independent witnesses. All ten officers who were subject to investigation were also interviewed.
Our investigation report has been shared with GMP for their consideration of our recommendations in relation to the conduct of their officers. We will consider publishing our findings after all potential coronial, criminal and conduct proceedings have concluded.
IOPC Regional Director Amanda Rowe yesterday said:
“As ever our thoughts remain with Mr Moura’s family and friends and everyone affected by this sad incident. We continue to keep his family informed of the progress of our investigation and we thank them and all those involved in the investigation for their patience and understanding.
“We concluded our investigation very recently and I have decided that the actions of five officers should be referred to the CPS. We have a responsibility to refer any case to the CPS where there is an indication that a criminal offence may have been committed. The CPS will decide whether to prosecute any of the officers referred.
“This is a very serious and sensitive case involving a large number of officers, and a huge amount of evidence which has required rigorous investigation. The complexity of the investigation meant that we also needed to commission two expert reports to assist us, and inevitably that has added to the length of our investigation.”