Was Jack Barnes Murdered By Metrolink Workers

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Jack Barnes repeatedly said he could not breathe but one Metrolink worker was heard saying: “We’re gonna put you out pal.”

A coroner said the Metrolink workers were “overstimulated and aroused”

Jack Barnes, 29, begged to be freed as Metrolink workers in Manchester gripped him by the neck with “excessive force”.

Mr Barnes, from Hull, was held on the ground by four “customer service representatives” monitoring anti-social behaviour on the tram system at Manchester Victoria.

Despite the factory worker “pleading” for his life, the four men did not relent, an inquest heard.

Dad-of-one Mr Barnes suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital seven weeks later.

He repeatedly said he could not breathe as he lay on the pavement on the evening of October 11, 2016, Manchester Coroner’s Court was told.

One of the four men, a former cop, took over the restraint position at one point and gripped Mr Barnes’ neck and held his left arm behind his back as well as putting pressure on his back.

The ex-policeman was heard saying: “We’re gonna put you out pal.”

He then later added: “Right, if you struggle I will put you to sleep. “It won’t kill you, but you will go to sleep for a while.”

Mr Barnes stopped struggling as the officer held him for a total of nine minutes, and he was heard slurring his words for a short period of time before going into cardiac arrest.

The inquest heard several minutes passed before anyone noticed he was not moving and his lips had turned blue.

Mr Barnes suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury and later died in Hull Royal Infirmary.

HM senior coroner for Manchester, Nigel Meadows, said his four pursuers were “overstimulated and aroused”.

Mr Meadows said the staff all had plenty of opportunities to phone the police during the course of the chase – but did not do so.

Following the inquest Mr Barnes’s mother Patricia Gerrard said: “From day one I have said that the people involved have needed to be prosecuted for what they did to Jack.

 

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