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Companies charged following death at immigration centre

04/04/2017

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised criminal charges against two companies under the Health and Safety at Work Act following the death of a man at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre in 2012.

Prince Fosu died suddenly on the morning on 30 October 2012 and was found by staff lying on the concrete floor of his cell.

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that the GEO Group UK Ltd, who ran Harmondsworth at the time, and Nestor Primecare Services Ltd, who ran health services at the centre under contract to GEO, should face charges of breaching section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings are live and that those charged have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice those proceedings.

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Notes to Editors

  1. Prince Kwabena Fosu, a Ghanaian national, died in Harmondsworth Immigration Detention and Removal Centre on the 30 October 2012. He was sent to the Centre after he was found to be an illegal over-stayer upon being arrested for running naked in the street. He arrived at the centre on 24 October.
  2. An inquest was previously been opened and adjourned.
  3. An offence is committed under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 when an employer fails to take reasonable care of the health and safety of someone affected by their undertaking.For the latest in breaking news from the CPS Press Office follow @cpsuk on Twitter and visit our official News Brief - blog.cps.gov.uk
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