‘No suspicious injuries’ found on Istiak Yusuf after death at Luton Police Station

Istiak Yusuf, 25, died whilst being held at Luton Police Station on Saturday
Istiak Yusuf, 25, died whilst being held at Luton Police Station on Saturday

A father-of-one who died in custody at Luton Police Station was found with ‘no suspicious injuries’, an inquest opening heard this morning.

Istiak Yusuf, 25, of Purley Centre, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence just after 8.45am on Saturday but within hours “fell ill” and died.

An inquest held this morning in Ampthill heard that the IT recruitment consultant was compliant with the arrest, and that on his arrival at Luton Police Station he advised officers that the he had been “out drinking until 2am in the morning”.

It was said that Mr Yusuf was checked on at 11.35am and found “in order” but at 11.55am his condition concerned officers and an alarm was raised.

Paramedics attempted resuscitation but it was unsuccessful and the 25-year-old was declared dead at the scene.

The following day a post mortem found no suspicious injuries and the only marks present were bruising to Mr Yusuf’s mouth and chest.

The inquest heard that these injuries are consistent with resuscitation efforts.

The 25-year-old’s cause of death has not yet been ascertained.

Luton and Bedfordshire senior coroner Tom Osborne opened and adjourned the inquest to run over the 15th, 16th and 17th of December.

A pre-inquest review will also be held on August 27.

Mr Osborne said: “Can I express my sympathy to the family for the circumstances of Mr Yusuf’s death, this will be thoroughly investigated.”