Death in police custody: Anger at wait to clear brother’s name

Angry: Joy Salter says there are unanswered questions about the death of her brother Brian, seen in the photograph with his late wife Sharon.

Angry: Joy Salter says there are unanswered questions about the death of her brother Brian, seen in the photograph with his late wife Sharon.

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RELATIVES of a man who died in a police cell hours after being arrested are angry that his inquest has been postponed for a second time.

RELATIVES of a man who died in a police cell hours after being arrested are angry that his inquest has been postponed for a second time.

Joy Salter, sister of Sutton Bridge man Brian Savage, says she still does not know what happened in the hours leading up to his death in February last year.

The inquest into his death had been due to held this week but has now been adjourned until November 7-18.

Mr Savage (69), of Queens Street, died in Spalding Police Station after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Mrs Salter has vowed to continue her fight to clear her brother’s name. She is supported by Mr Savage’s son Phil Box, who lives in Boston.

“They have said he appeared to be drunk but if anyone had an accident where their car was upside down and ended up against a lamppost and fence, they may appear drunk with their eyes glazed,” she said. “It’s the shock.”

Mrs Salter, of Daniels Crescent, Long Sutton, said: “We have been more or less left in the dark. I have all the paperwork now and I’m quite angry about it.

“How would those involved feel if it was one of their relations?”

Mr Savage’s Vauxhall Sharan had left Bridge Road in Sutton Bridge and hit a vent pipe on the side of a house.

Mr Savage was examined by paramedics and deemed to be fit to be detained but unfit for interview.

However, despite being observed through the night, his condition deteriorated and he died at 3.20am. He had multiple internal chest and pelvic injuries, including broken ribs and collar bone, a split liver and internal bleeding.

The inquest in November will be almost 21 months after his death. The original inquest had been due to be held in April this year but was adjourned by the coroner.

Mrs Salter (69) said: “We can not lay him to rest properly until we get the full details of what happened. We have heard two or three different stories about what happened to him.”

She added: “There are a lot of unanswered questions.”

Mrs Salter says she has been going over the paperwork for the case and has seen CCTV footage of Mr Savage in Spalding Police Station before his death.

She has battled cancer of the eye since Mr Savage’s death and her eldest brother Raymond has died. She believes the worry of the inquest was a contributing factor to his death.

Mrs Salter says she will be in touch with her solicitor over the coming months ahead of the hearing.