A ‘Happy Go Lucky’ man was found hanged months after police misrepresented him as a pedophile due to ‘human error’.
Brian Temple, 34, died December 31, 2017, six months after he was arrested for allegedly stealing a packet of Greggs sausage rolls.
After his release from custody on June 8, he made his way back to his home in Redcar and presented his then-girlfriend with a copy of his release papers.
But he hadn’t read them beforehand and was unaware that police had made a grave mistake – falsely claiming he had been held for inciting sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl.
The Teesside Coroners’ Court heard she then began passing on the false information – resulting in Mr Temple being abused in the street, assaulted in his own home and hit with a golf club.
The hearing was told that Mr Temple began drinking heavily and taking a mix of prescribed and recreational drugs to cope with the persecution.
A toxicology report revealed that he had 134mg of alcohol in his system as well as a mixture of cocaine, diazepam, zopiclone and pregablin, but these did not contribute to his death.
Mr Temple’s body was found by his brother Anthony on December 31, 2017 after his mother’s partner became concerned when she did not hear from him that day, the court heard.
His mother described her son as “happy, happy” but said the ordeal caused him to become withdrawn and depressed.
The court heard Mr Temple report threats and assaults to police but said their welfare checks only made the situation worse by fueling the rumours.
Mr Temple’s sister-in-law said the indictment containing false information was found in his pocket when he died.
Detective Sergeant Agar of the Cleveland Police said in a statement that he dealt with Mr Temple’s complaint about the false papers on November 28, 2017.
He said the bail mishap was “a real human error”.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) launched an investigation into Mr Temple’s death so a mistake like this would never happen again at the Cleveland Police.
They also concluded that human error was the main cause and described the situation as “incredibly unusual”.
The investigation continues.
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