An investigation has been launched into claims that a man who died after being Tasered by Greater Manchester Police officers was actually mistaken for a man on the run from prison.
We have previously reported on the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Jordan Begley, 23, who died after being shot with a Taser at his home in Gorton.
It has since emerged that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is looking into claims of a tragic mix-up and that Mr Begley may have been mistaken for a 25 year old of the same name, from Sale, who was wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.
The older Jordan Begley had previously been jailed for burglary and was involved in a prison riot.
Mrs Begley has said that she was questioned by officers about her son’s links to Sale and was pressed as to whether or not she had ever lived in Sale.
Officers had been called to the address in Gorton, Manchester by Jordan’s mum in relation to a domestic row between her son and a neighbour.
Greater Manchester Police say they were called to a disturbance involving a knife and the IPCC have confirmed the force has told them Jordan Begley was carrying a knife. Mrs Begley insists she never mentioned a weapon and her son was at no point holding a blade.
Greater Manchester Police have insisted it is not aware of any evidence to support a suggestion of mistaken identity.
Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley said “We are aware it has been suggested that these events may have involved a case of mistaken identity, but we are not aware of any evidence to support that suggestion at this time.’
The IPCC investigation continues and we await the outcome of their findings.
Sadly, this is one more unanswered question the family of Mr Begley will have to deal with and it could take many years for the organisations and authorities involved to get to the bottom as to why this man died.
The Inquest and Public Inquiry process may help with this search for answers but ultimately the family are left with the trauma of losing a loved one.
At Farleys we appreciate how difficult this time can be for families and have a team of lawyers specialising in this both representing families during inquests and pursuing civil claims against the Police. We have experience in guiding families through the inquest process and any subsequent Human Rights Act claim that may arise.
For a free of charge discussion with one of our solicitors in relation to either an inquest or a police complaint, please do not hesitate to get in contact.
By Kelly Darlington, Police Complaints and Inquest Solicitor