Prison guards boasted of beating s*** out of Brit who died in Dubai jail

Guards allegedly boasted about "beating the s***" out of a Brit tourist at a police station before his death.

Jurors at Walthamstow Coroner's Court have heard that 39-year-old Lee Brown was left to die "like a dog" at Bur Dubai police station.

Inmates at the station claim Brown could have been having psychotic episodes, seeing him behave erratically and offensively while there.

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He was arrested on April 7, 2011, where after a trip to the prosecutor’s office he was allegedly kicked and beaten in the head by guards before being thrown in solitary confinement.

He died five days later on April 12, having reportedly had little to eat or drink.

Between 2001 and 2004, Brown was understood to have suffered from depression following the death of his father.

Speaking to jurors, an unidentified detainee said he was: “Behaving very abnormally. He was shouting and swearing.

"He was very loud and guards and prisoners were becoming noticeably annoyed by his behaviour.

"It was abusive but not physical or threatening in any way.

"His behaviour caused people to become perplexed and annoyed as he was using foul language which some of the Muslim prisoners took great offence to.

"I was disturbed but mainly felt sorry for him as he genuinely seemed really unwell.

"I was worried if he kept going on the way he was he would get attacked by the guards.”

The inmate, known only as Detainee One, said: "He had no capacity to rationally think through the situation and identify a course of action that would allow him to resolve matters.

"I had developed a soft spot for him and thought he was a bit crazy but was quite friendly and pleasant.

"On 8 April I pieced together various accounts from other prisoners who had also been there [to the prosecutor's office] who said Lee had taken down his trousers and made rude and inappropriate remarks to the prosecutor, and had referred to genitals which infuriated the authorities who had ordered he be put in isolation.

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"I was told he was beaten up at the prosecutor's office and then beaten in the van. I was told by many prisoners guards had boasted about having beaten him.

"One prisoner said they heard guards say they 'beat the s***' out of him.

"I went to the door [of the solitary cell] around 15 times in the next few days but he never responded.

"There is no dispute he was inside. He was either unconscious or semi-conscious.”

They added: "When he got back from the prosecutor's office he was bleeding head to toe and there were marks on his wrists.

"There were no marks on him before he went to the prosecutor.

"He said he had been beaten and kicked in the head.”

They continued: “When he got back from the prosecutor's office he was bleeding head to toe and there were marks on his wrists.

"There were no marks on him before he went to the prosecutor.

"He said he had been beaten and kicked in the head.”

Doris Brown, Lee’s mother, told the court: "He was having a breakdown. He was saying he was Jesus, I didn't realise how bad he was.

"Every now and again he would see aliens or something and he believed it."

The inquest is expected to continue until Friday.

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