A police force has been fined more than £230,000 for putting a restraining belt around the face of a man who he collapsed in custody and later died.
Thomas Orchard died after he was held down by police and gagged with a large fabric webbing belt, which is supposed to be used as a restraining device around the body.
A paranoid schizophrenic who'd had mental health issues since he was a teenager, he had been arrested in Exeter city centre in October 2012 on suspicion of a public order offence. His erratic behaviour had led police to think he was drunk or on drugs.
Footage from the police station showed him, bound and gagged, being carried to a cell where he was placed face down on a mattress.
There he struggled for a few minutes before the restraints are removed. He was then left alone in the cell for 12 minutes, during which time he didn't move or speak.
The church caretaker then suffered a cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness. The 32-year-old died in hospital seven days later.
Devon and Cornwall Police was today fined £234,500 at Bristol Crown Court for health and safety breaches relating to a belt used around Mr Orchard's face. The force was also ordered to pay £20,515 in costs.
Thomas Orchard's family said they were leaving Bristol Crown Court with 'no sense of real justice'.
His father Ken Orchard said: 'Investigations over the past six-and-a-half years have highlighted some criminally appalling health and safety practices which desperately needed changing.
'We hope more than anything that the residents of Devon and Cornwall will be at least a little safer today as a result of Thomas's death.'
A post-mortem examination found Mr Orchard he died from a severe hypoxic-ischemic brain injury.'
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