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Police custody death: Family still don't know what happened

DEATH INQUIRY: Philmore Mills

THE DAUGHTER of a man who died while being treated in hospital said she still does not know why her father died.

Philmore Mills was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital for pneumonia on December 21, 2011, and it is claimed that in the early hours of December 27 an incident occurred after which the father-of-three was pronounced dead.

His family believe he was restrained and handcuffed by hospital security and then police as he became agitated and confused.

Having received the initial file of evidence in April, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to carry out further inquiries.

Mill’s daughter Rachel Gumbs said her family has not yet been allowed to see this report.

She said: “As far as we are aware, the IPCC concluded their investigations at the beginning of this year. But, with their conclusion, they decided they needed to refer the case to the CPS.

“We asked why and they said that within their investigations there were allegations of assault made against my father, so it had to be referred to the CPS. We met with the CPS in April, we are now in October and we have still had no response from them whatsoever.

“We want to know what really happened. We can all speculate, but we really need to know from the facts they have, what really happened.

In a statement, the CPS said: “The additional material gathered by the IPCC was provided to us earlier this month.

“We are now reviewing the full file of evidence and a decision on whether charges should be brought will be made as soon as practicable.

“We have invited the family to a meeting to update them on our progress.”

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