Met Police employees may face charges over homeless man's death outside west London station

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Prosecutors will decide whether two Met Police employees should be charged with the death of a homeless man, the police watchdog has said.

Pericles Malagardis, 63, was found unresponsive outside Uxbridge police station hours after being ejected from the reception on March 5 last year.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider whether gross negligence manslaughter charges should be brought against two of the Met’s employees.

Mr Malagardis, who had been sleeping rough at Heathrow Airport, visited the west London police station on March 4, 2016, to collect his dog which was put in a kennel while he was in hospital.

The Greek national was asked to leave the reception at 12.40am the following day and removed by staff, but he remained outside.

He was found unresponsive at around 5.30am and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6.45am.

The IPCC said its investigation had centred on the decision to remove the man and the level of care provided by staff in the hours after and when he was found unresponsive. 

Tom Milsom, IPCC Associate Commissioner, said: “Our thoughts remain with Mr Malagardis’ family and friends and everyone affected by his death.

“We will now await a CPS decision on the matter.

“Our report on the investigation, including our findings as to whether or not the officers should face misconduct proceedings, has also been provided to the Metropolitan Police Service and we await its response.”

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