Olaseni: Death probe delays leave Croydon family puzzled

Olaseni Lewis
Olaseni Lewis

originally by: Croydon Guardian
published: 15th September 2011

The family of a university student who died after being restrained by police at a mental institution have said they are surprised a police investigation into his death has still not been completed one year on.

Seni Lewis 23, died after he was restrained by up to seven police officers at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham on August 31, 2010.

The student who had recently completed a masters degree in IT and business management, had voluntarily admitted himself as a patient to the hospital, but hours later officers were called to restrain him following a disturbance.

He was taken to Croydon University Hospital after slipping into a coma from which he never recovered. He died on September 3, last year.

One year after his death, his parents and sisters Kemi and Lara, say they know nothing more about the circumstances of his death and are desperate for answers from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

His mother, Ajibola said: “We want to know why he was restrained by so many people. He was handcuffed, so why was excessive force used?

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