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Inspector: Immigration detainee with dementia died handcuffed to bed

Jan. 16, 2014 at 1:37 AM

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- An elderly Canadian man held at a London immigration detention center died while needlessly handcuffed to a hospital bed, the chief inspector of prisons says.

Nick Hardwick said staff at the detention center at Heathrow International Airport restrained many detainees without cause, the Guardian reported Wednesday. The center is operated by a private company, GEO.

Hardwick said Alois Dvorzac, who died in February 2013, and another man who died in November 2012 while being kept in handcuffs during an angioplasty were shackled in "an excessive and shocking manner."

Dvorzac, 84, was denied entry to Britain when he arrived at Gatwick Airport in January. A doctor found he was suffering from dementia, and said he was too frail to be deported or held in detention, the Guardian reported.

Hardwick said Dvorzac was handcuffed for about 5 hours and the restraints were removed only after his heart stopped beating.

The other man went through the angioplasty in handcuffs. They were removed 7 hours before he died.

Another detainee had suffered a stroke, Hardwick said. He was handcuffed for a trip outside the center even though he was in a wheelchair.

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