“Malcolm died after being arrested for behaviour which was totally out of character – but we never thought the police were responsible for his death.”
Divorced dad Mr Flockton, of Garth 22, Killingworth, collapsed and died after being arrested outside the home of his partner Sandra Stringer’s ex-husband.
She told the jury he had eaten a homemade cannabis biscuit, then gone to her ex’s home to talk to her nine-year-old son, who was staying there. Mr Flockton was naked apart from a fleece jacket and he began shouting and throwing stones at the house. When police were called he was said to have been calm at first.
But he then began to struggle violently with police officers for a period of 30 minutes before being taken to Wallsend Police Station. There he collapsed within minutes of arrival.