The son of a man who had a heart attack and died shortly after being restrained by gardai while in a state of "excited delirium" has called for a change in the way that people in distress are dealt with by the force.
Ian Kavanagh was speaking after a jury at the Dublin Coroner's Court returned a narrative verdict at the inquest into the death of his father, William Kavanagh (58), of Edenmore Crescent in Raheny, Dublin 5.
The father of four was pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital on June 5, 2009, less than an hour after he had been handcuffed and restrained by gardai.
He had been found running naked around the Bayside area of north Dublin and was suffering from excited delirium. The syndrome causes bizarre and often violent behaviour.
Speaking following the verdict, Ian Kavanagh said: "There needs to be a change in the way distressed people are dealt with by gardai. It is clear from the evidence that gardai place too much emphasis on physical methods of control when dealing with people who are obviously distraught."
The jury found that Mr Kavanagh died from a heart attack in the context of excited delirium, heart disease and restraint but said it was not possible to apportion weight to any factor and all were considered contributory factors in his death.