Racist G4S guard still allowed to work in private security industry

Jimmy Mubenga
Jimmy Mubenga

originally by: Morning Star
published: 13 February 2014

A disgraced guard involved in the “unlawful killing” of a refugee on a deportation flight has obtained a Home Office-approved licence to continue working in private security, according to the industry’s regulator.

Notorious racist Terence ‘Terry’ Hughes is still allowed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to work as a professional guard, despite his role in the death of Angolan man Jimmy Mubenga while working for G4S nine years ago.

Passengers say Mr Mubenga, a father of five, shouted “I can’t breathe” as he was restrained by Mr Hughes and two G4S colleagues who were involved in deporting him on a British Airways flight in 2010. Mr Mubenga then collapsed and died of cardiac arrest.

Investigators found 65 extremely racist messages on Mr Hughes’s mobile phone, in which he referred to migrants as “hairy-faced, sandal-wearing, bomb-making, goat-f***ing, smelly rag head bastards.”

An inquest in 2013 ruled that Mr Mubenga was “unlawfully killed” by the G4S guards. But the trio were cleared of manslaughter in a 2014 criminal trial in which jurors were not shown the racist messages as they were not considered to be “relevant.”

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