Failing by Leeds General Infirmary contributed to student’s death, inquest hears

Jagdip Randhawa.
Jagdip Randhawa.

Failings by a hospital significantly contributed to the death of a university student who died after he was punched by a professional boxer, an inquest jury has concluded.

Jagdip Randhawa, 19, from Hounslow, London, died after hitting his head on a concrete path following the attack by Clifton Ty Mitchell during a night out in Leeds in October 2011.

An inquest at Wakefield Coroner’s Court heard that, after the assault by Mitchell, who was on bail for another violent offence at the time, Mr Randhawa was placed on a faulty ventilator in hospital, starving him of oxygen.

On Thursday, a jury concluded that failings at Leeds General Infirmary contributed to his death.

After three days of deliberations, the jury foreman said: “We, the jury, concluded that two significant facts caused the death of Mr Randhawa.

“Firstly, the punches to the head in Leeds city centre which subsequently caused Mr Randhawa to hit his head on the ground.

“Secondly, the treatment in Leeds General Infirmary which fell significantly below the standards expected and required, which exacerbated the injuries to the head.

“We believe that serious mistakes and serious errors in judgment were made by a doctor involved in treating Mr Randhawa in Leeds General Infirmary on October 12, 2011.”

The jury concluded that these failing by the hospital were not “gross” and this did not amount to unlawful killing in this respect.

He said: “The jury has concluded that various aspects of the treatment received in hospital on October 12 2011 did significantly contribute to the death of Mr Randhawa.”

The foreman added: “On the balance of probability, we are satisfied that but for the neglect identified, Mr Randhawa would have survived or would not have died when he did.”

Mitchell, from Derby, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for seven years in 2012.

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