Homeless man freezes to death on street while waiting outside police station

A homeless man froze to death on the street while waiting outside the police station to get his dog back.

Pericles Malagardis, 63, died of pre-existing medical conditions exacerbated by hypothermia after he was thrown out of Uxbridge station, west London, in sub-zero temperatures, an inquest jury concluded.

Mr Malagardis was found unresponsive nearly five hours after he was asked to leave.

The inquest heard the "deterioration of his physical condition was not noticed" by station staff who watched a DVD inside as he waited overnight in freezing conditions to collect his dog.

The Greek national was sleeping rough at Heathrow Airport and gone to the station on March 4, 2016 to collect his dog, which had been placed in kennels while he was in hospital the previous day.

He was told the dog would be brought to the station for collection the following day.

Mr Malagardis was asked to leave and then removed from the station's reception at 12.40am on March 5 by Pc Bhupinder Kalsi. He remained outside throughout the night and was not checked on until 5.30am, where he was found unresponsive with the temperature around -1C.

He was pronounced dead just over an hour later.

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In November 2018, Pc Kalsi was dismissed from the Metropolitan Police for gross incompetence. A disciplinary hearing heard despite his awareness of the freezing temperatures outside, the officer failed to monitor Mr Malagardis's condition for nearly five hours.

Sal Naseem, regional director of the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the body which investigates misconduct in the force, said: "This was a particularly tragic case, so it turned out.

"Mr Malagardis was close to returning to home as many had been raised by local well-wishers to buy his flight back to Greece.

"The lack of care toward Mr Malagardis by the officer and the staff member was particularly cruel and the failings of the officer to give adequate first aid was the major reason for her dismissal.

“More than four years on, the impact of Pericles Malargardis’ tragic death lives on. Our thoughts remain with those who knew him.”

The second police staff member who took part in the ejection was separately found to have shown poor performance after a management investigation in December 2018.

They were instructed to update their emergency life support treatment training.

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