The wording was echoed by the Home Office, which said Mubenga had "taken ill" – but Wallis, who described having the clearest view of any passenger on the aircraft, said that account was "absolute rubbish".It appears, though, if we sort through Kevin's bleeding-heart account, that any distress he was in was caused by his own actions:
The 58-year-old, an oil engineer from Redcar, said he became aware a man was in distress as soon as he boarded BA flight 77, bound for Luanda, at around 8pm.
He said Mubenga had been trying to get up, saying: "I don't want to go", adding: "They must have been forcing him down, because I didn't realise until afterwards that he was handcuffed."Despite the attempts to drum up an impression of public horror with this sort of thing (check out the description given of the paramedics actions by our Kev), I think the 'Guardian' has an uphill battle on its hands:
The engineer added...most of the passengers were not concerned.Most of those passengers are probably totally fed-up with seeing failed asylum seekers use this sort of trick to halt their deportation. I certainly am.
And, 'Guardian', don't count on a prosecution of these guards either - juries have already shown themselves to be less than sympathetic with people whose own law-breaking leads to their death in cases like this one....
Update: Blimey, it's clearly a plane full to the brim with 'Guardian' readers:
The witness – the third to come forward in the last 24 hours – raised questions over how quickly Jimmy Mubenga was given medical assistance after he lost consciousness on the flight to Angola…."For the rest of the my life I'm always going to have that at the back of my mind – could I have done something? That is going to bother me every time I go to sleep," the witness, an oil worker who gave his name as Michael, said…An engineer who works Angola's rich oilfields alongside other western expatriates, Michael said Mubenga's death spoke to hypocrisy in global border control. "You have got a man deported from over there. Did you ever stop to think how many British are over here, making £400 or £500 a day in Angola?"