4 tram employees who restrained a person who died will probably be charged with manslaughter, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has stated.
Jack Barnes, 29, from Hull, was held by 4 “customer support representatives” monitoring anti-social behaviour on the Metrolink tram system in Manchester in October 2016.
The daddy-of-one died on 2 December – simply weeks after the incident outdoors Victoria Station in Manchester metropolis centre.
Senior coroner for Manchester, Nigel Meadows, dominated the loss of life was an illegal killing in March 2021, following an inquest.
The restraint “greater than minimally, trivially or negligibly contributed to the cardiac arrest”, he added.
Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS particular crime division, stated: “Paul Fogarty, 50, Brian Gartside, 59, Stephen Rowlands, 67, and Matthew Sellers, 29, who have been employees members subcontracted by Metrolink on the time, are to be charged with illegal act manslaughter.
“Mr Rowlands may even be charged with a single offence of perverting the course of justice regarding a witness assertion.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all involved that felony proceedings in opposition to these defendants are energetic and that they’ve the appropriate to a good trial.
“This can be very necessary there needs to be no reporting, commentary or sharing of data on-line which may in any method prejudice these proceedings.”
Fogarty, from Bolton, Gartside from Rochdale, Rowlands, from Bolton, and Sellers, from Bury, all Larger Manchester, will seem at Manchester Magistrates’ Courtroom on a date but to be mounted.