Death of man in Sheffield police cell prompts fresh IPCC probe

Neil Budziszewski
Neil Budziszewski
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A fresh investigation is set to be opened into the conduct of a South Yorkshire Police officer after a man was found dead in a custody cell.

Neil Budziszewski, aged 42, died at Ecclesfield Police Station on May 3, 2013 after officers failed to seek medical attention for him.

An inquest into his death at Sheffield Medicolegal Centre found several failings over his death.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission announced in March there was a case to answer for misconduct by two sergeants, who have both been given written warnings by police.

Now civilian detention officer Gary Hoult will also be investigated after the inquest heard he did not carry out checks he claimed to have undertaken in the written custody log hours before Mr Budziszewski’s death.

Irwin Mitchell’s Gus Silverman, acting for Neil’s brother Steven, said: “My client is pleased the IPCC has agreed to investigate CDO Houlton’s conduct. Custody records are vitally important documents because they provide an account of how a person is treated in custody.

“The public must be able to trust police officers and staff to complete these records accurately and truthfully, particularly in circumstances where someone has died.

“My client looks forward to the IPCC conducting a thorough investigation into this aspect of the circumstances in which his brother died whilst in the care of South Yorkshire Police.”

A police spokesman said: “We are aware the IPCC is carrying out a further independent investigation into the death of Mr Budziszewski. We will assist them with their investigation as appropriate.”