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Officer denies collusion over Jordan Begley death

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Image caption Jordan Begley suffered a cardiac arrest about two minutes after being hit by a Taser

A police sergeant has denied colluding with fellow armed officers after the death of a man who was tasered and restrained by his colleagues.

Sgt Andrew Wright was one of seven policemen in the room where Jordan Begley, 23, was hit with the stun gun, an inquest into his death heard.

Mr Begley was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Mr Wright said the fact that officers gave differing accounts of the incident showed there was no collusion.

Eleven officers went to Mr Begley's house after his mother Dorothy called 999 to say he had grabbed a knife during a row with neighbours, the inquest jury heard.

Mr Begley, who was a heavy drinker and a cocaine user, had thrown the knife down and was unarmed when police arrived at his home in Gorton, Manchester, on 10 July 2013.

Sgt Wright denied discussing the incident with fellow officers, during questioning by Stephen Killalea QC, representing the Begley family.

Hugh Davies QC, representing Sgt Wright asked the witness: "It is being implied you have in some way, at some point, colluded with other officers about your evidence?"

Sgt Wright replied: "Definitely not."

The hearing continues

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