Hearings (Against Bouncers)
Jury decides unlawful
killing in nightclub death
A JURY has found that a man who died
whilst celebrating his birthday at a city nightclub was
four-day inquest, which ended on Thursday (May 1), heard
how Simon McCarthy, from Langford, Bedfordshire, was
celebrating his 35th birthday at Oceana, at the Xscape
when he died after an altercation with door staff on
Saturday, February 24, 2007.
The jury returned a verdict that he died of injuries
caused by compression of the neck during positional
restraint and, that he had been unlawfully killed.
Deputy coroner Tom Osborne said he would be sending a
report of the proceedings to the Security Industry
Authority, responsible for training door staff
He said it had become apparent during proceedings that
door staff had not been given practical training in
restraint and this should be considered.
In a statement after the verdict the family's
representative Robert Bedford said they are still very
angry at the unnecessary loss of life of a caring father
"They are angry that Simon will never see his children
grow up and that five young children have been deprived
of the love and support of the father who cared for
them," he said.
"The family welcome the jury's verdict today, but they
know that this is just the first step on the journey to
ensure that Jane and the children receive full
compensation for a tragedy that should never have been
allowed to happen."
Earlier in the week the inquest heard how Mr McCarthy,
who was 6ft 8 inches tall and weighed 24 stone,
struggled with the club's security staff and was
restrained on the ground, along with his brother Mark
and his brother's girlfriend.
An emotional Mark McCarthy told the inquest they were
surrounded by up to 12 bouncers and felt intimidated.
He said the bouncers attacked them dragging them to the
floor and pinning them down.
"They basically beat us and beat my brother to death,"
The door staff told the inquest McCarthy's group were
aggressive, threw punches, kicked and bit them, and
needed to be controlled.
While held on the floor face down by up to five door
staff Mr McCarthy stopped breathing and efforts to
resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
He was confirmed dead at Milton Keynes Hospital just
Dr Robert Chapman, consultant pathologist, said he died
of compression injuries to his neck consistent with
having been held in a head lock or by a hand, though not
for a prolonged period of time.
Mr McCarthy also had bruises on many parts of his body
including his face, arms, chest and back.