Hertfordshire officers committed misconduct in custody death incident 

Two Hertfordshire police officers will receive management advice following the death of Luigi Basile in police custody. 

Mar 8, 2019
By Tony Thompson

Mr Basile, 48, was arrested on September 14 last year in St Albans on suspicion he had breached a criminal behaviour order. He was taken to Stevenage custody suite in a police van by two police constables.  

While en route, Mr Basile fell to the floor of the van. One of the officers checked on his health but considered he was responsive and that he was safe in his current position. CCTV recorded that the van arrived at the custody suite at 2.23pm. Mr Basile remained in the van and after the two officers were unable to rouse him and requested medical assistance.  

Despite the application of first aid, initially provided by a health care professional, detention officer and custody sergeant and later by paramedics who attended the scene, Mr Basile dead at 3.23pm. 

A pathologist who carried out the post mortem said Mr Basile died from a cardiac arrest. 

An Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation was launched concluded the two officers had a case to answer for misconduct. Hertfordshire police agreed and last month the two officers attended a misconduct meeting where it was ruled they had breached professional standards of behaviour in the care they offered to Mr Basile. 

IOPC regional director Sarah Green said: “This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with all affected. Mr Basile was not a well man, and medical evidence has suggested that once he suffered the cardiac arrest his chances of survival were very poor. However, our investigation did find evidence the two officers had the opportunity to provide care at an earlier time and they will receive management advice that may prevent mistakes being made in a similar situation.” 


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