Man held under Mental Health Act claimed he was 'injected in the head' and beaten by officer days before death

Kingsley Burrell’s inquest is taking place four years after his death 

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A man who was detained under the Mental Health Act told his family an officer had injected him in his head, left him handcuffed on the floor for hours and refused him water just days before his death, his sister told an inquest.

Kingsley Burrell, 29, died four years ago at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QE) in Birmingham on March 31 2011, four days after he was sectioned after calling emergency services to a corner shop in Birmingham on March 27 2011, claiming he was threatened by two armed men while he was with his four-year-old son. He died three days later.

A coroner ruled last year that there was “insufficient evidence” to prosecute the four police officers and six NHS staff involved in caring for Mr Burrell in the days up until his death, according to The Birmingham Mail. His death sparked protests in Birmingham.

Kadisha Brown-Burrell told Birmingham Coroner's Court that when she visited her brother at the Oleaster mental health unit at the QE with his partner, Chantelle Graham, later that day he appeared "very stiff", upset, and struggled to move his body.

Ms Brown-Burrell said: "When he walked out he walked over stiff. He couldn't move his head, couldn't move his body, couldn't move his shoulders.

"Kingsley had three lumps, one on his forehead. I said to Chantelle, 'Take a picture of that'.

"Kingsley said to me, 'I can't move'. He couldn't move the upper part of his body."

She said that when she arrived the next day, Mr Burrell claimed he had been restrained in handcuffs for up to six hours after he had been taken to the hospital.

"He said that while he was in the QE during assessment he was on the floor, and all he wanted was a glass of water,” Ms Brown-Burrell said.

"They had made him incontinent and he had wet himself. He was on the floor for five or six hours and all he wanted was water and for them to release the cuffs."

Mr Burrell told her a police officer had offered to loosen the cuffs for him, but "instead he tightened them", she told the court.

She later said he told her that he had been involved in a struggle in the back of the ambulance, and that three members of hospital staff had watched on at a mental health unit while police officers injected him into his brain.

She said: "Kingsley said, 'They have drugged me up in my head, they have injected me into my brain'.

"When I went to see Kingsley he said the police gave him injections into the top of his head, while three mental health staff looked through a window."

Ms Brown-Burrell described her brother, a father of three, as "calm, collected and outgoing", but said he was worried about a paternity issue with an ex-girlfriend, who claimed that her son was not his and had named it after another man.

The inquest heard that Mr Burrell had been trying to get the woman, Charmaine Clarke, to take a DNA test to confirm whether he was the father.

The inquest continues.

Additional reporting Press Association