Archive for the 'inquests' Category

7/7 inquests: MI5 anxiously awaits coroner’s verdict – The Guardian

“The coroner of the 7 July inquests, Lady Justice Hallett, will reveal today how she has responded to relatives of the victims who say MI5 could have taken steps to prevent the bombings, and the security service’s insistence that it cannot be blamed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police officer who struck Ian Tomlinson could face manslaughter trial – The Guardian

“Britain’s most senior prosecutor has said he was considering whether to prosecute the police officer who attacked Ian Tomlinson for manslaughter after an inquest jury found that the newspaper seller had been unlawfully killed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Tomlinson inquest: Review to test evidence for a criminal trial – The Guardian

“The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has ordered a review of his decision last year not to prosecute anyone in connection with the death of Ian Tomlinson.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson unlawfully killed, inquest finds – The Guardian

“A jury in the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson has concluded he was unlawfully killed by a police officer at the G20 protests.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson inquest: Jury can return unlawful killing verdict – The Guardian

“The jury at the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson has been told it can return a verdict of unlawful killing, but only if it is satisfied the police officer who beat him with a baton and shoved him to the ground acted deliberately and illegally.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police actions killed Tomlinson, not heart attack, inquest is told – The Independent

“Significant new evidence proves that Ian Tomlinson died from injuries caused by the trauma of being pushed to the ground and not from natural causes, his inquest heard yesterday.”

Full story

The Independent, 19th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Tomlinson inquest to begin, two years after his death – The Independent

“After three post-mortem examinations, and almost two years to the day since he died after being struck by a police baton during G20 protests, the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson is due to start on Monday.”

Full story

The Independent, 26th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Derrick Bird unlawfully killed 12 victims, inquest rules – Daily Telegraph

“Taxi driver Derrick Bird unlawfully killed the 12 victims he shot dead before he committed suicide, an inquest jury ruled today.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

7/7 inquests: Date announced for coroner’s verdicts – BBC News

“The inquest verdicts on the 7/7 London bombings are due to be announced on Friday 6 May by the coroner, Lady Justice Hallett.”

Full story

BBC News, 23rd March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Deepcut families call for inquiry after review criticises police – The Independent

“Fresh demands for a public inquiry into the deaths of four young recruits shot at Deepcut Army barracks were issued last night after a new review revealed serious shortcomings in the way police investigated the cases.”

Full story

The Independent, 13th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

7/7 inquests: MI5 rejects families’ call for 7/7 review – BBC News

“MI5 has rejected calls from the families of the 52 victims of the 7/7 bombings for a review of its working practices in light of the inquests.”

Full story

BBC News, 11th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Naomi Bryant inquest: Failings in sex offender release – BBC News

“A woman was killed by a convicted sex offender after a series of failings by the agencies involved in his release, an inquest jury has ruled.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mark Saunders inquest: firearms officer cleared of inserting song titles – The Guardian

“Police marksman involved in barrister’s shooting faces misconduct action for ‘crass remark’ after IPCC investigation.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

7/7 coroner criticises use of ‘jargon’ by emergency service chiefs – The Guardian

“Lady Justice Hallett says ‘management speak’ used by emergency services chiefs might not be understood.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MI5 accused of ‘gagging’ justice – The Independent

“Lawyers for families of those killed in the 7/7 bombings suggest MI5 is trying to ‘gag’  justice by restricting the verdicts of the inquest into the attacks.”

Full story

The Independent, 17th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Authorities to be probed over Naomi Bryant death – BBC News

“A coroner has told a jury to decide if authorities’ actions contributed to a woman’s death at the hands of a sex offender on licence from prison.”

Full story

BBC News, 31st January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Second inquest into death of youngest person to die in custody begins – The Guardian

“A second inquest into the death of the youngest person to die in custody begins today after a high court battle. Adam Rickwood was just 14 when he died in August 2004. He was found hanging in his cell in Hassockfield Secure Training Centre (STC), County Durham, hours after he was restrained by staff.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Humberstone) v Legal Services Commission (Lord Chancellor intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Humberstone) v Legal Services Commission (Lord Chancellor intervening) [2010] EWCA Civ 1479; [2010] WLR (D) 346

“The state’s obligation to conduct an effective investigation into a death (with the associated possible necessity to provide representation) did not arise in all cases where a death occurred while the deceased was in the care of the state but only in a much narrower range of cases where it was arguable that the state had breached its substantive obligations under art 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 22nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

‘Night terrors’ husband killed Neath woman – BBC News

“A coroner has said the death of a woman who was killed by her husband during a violent nightmare was an ‘extraordinary and unique case’.”

Full story

BBC News, 15th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man lawfully killed by son of stabbing victim, coroner rules – The Guardian

“A mechanical engineer who believed he was being controlled by radio waves and fatally attacked a woman in her home, before being stabbed by her teenage son, was lawfully killed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Office will not appeal 7/7 evidence decision – Home Office

“Court decision against closed hearings for parts of the London bombings inquest will not be challenged.”

Full press release

Home Office, 10th December 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Regina (Secretary of State for the Home Department) v Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London – WLR Daily

Regina (Secretary of State for the Home Department) v Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London
[2010] EWHC 3098 (Admin); [2010] WLR (D) 305

“A coroner did not have power to receive sensitive evidence relating to the security service in a closed hearing in the absence of properly interested persons and their legal representatives.”

WLR Daily, 1st December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Coroner rules out inquest into death of Baby P – The Independent

“An inquest into the death of Baby P will not go ahead, a coroner ruled today.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

7/7 inquest: government loses appeal over secret hearings – The Guardian

“The home secretary, Theresa May, has lost her legal attempt to force the coroner for the 7 July inquests to hold some sessions in secret.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson pathologist to face fresh misconduct allegations – The Guardian

“Dr Freddy Patel, the Home Office pathologist suspended for misconduct over a series of autopsies, will face fresh allegations at the General Medical Council (GMC) next month.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson death: senior judge appointed to oversee inquest – The Guardian

“A senior judge and expert in protest law has been appointed to oversee the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died at last year’s demonstrations against the G20 summit.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mark Saunders inquest officer suspended over inquest ‘song titles’ claim – The Guardian

“The police marksman accused of inserting song titles into his evidence during the inquest into the death of barrister Mark Saunders was suspended today, the Metropolitan police said.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Senior judge to oversee G20 protests inquest – The Independent

“A senior judge will be appointed to oversee an inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson at the ‘earliest opportunity’, it emerged today.”

Full story

The Independent, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

July 7 inquests will not hear intelligence material in secret – Daily Telegraph

“The coroner hearing the inquests for the 52 victims of the July 7 bombings ruled today that she cannot hear top secret intelligence material in closed sessions.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police marksman in inquest ‘song titles’ probe – The Independent

“A police marksman responsible for shooting a lawyer dead during an armed siege faced punishment today after it emerged that he peppered evidence about his actions with song titles.”

Full story

The Independent, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Dr Kelly wounds ‘typical of self-inflicted injury’ – The Independent

“Wounds to the body of weapons inspector David Kelly were ‘typical of self-inflicted injury’, according to previously secret medical documents released today.  Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said he was publishing the documents on how Dr Kelly died ‘in the interests of maintaining public confidence in the inquiry into how Dr Kelly came by his death’. Lord Hutton, who conducted the inquiry into Dr Kelly’s death, ruled that the report should remain secret for 70 years, but there were a number of calls for another examination of the case.”

Full story

The Independent, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Inquests into 7 July bombings begin – The Guardian

“Inquests into the deaths of the 52 innocent people killed in the 7/7 bombings will begin today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mark Saunders coroner: police firearms guidelines should be simplified – The Guardian

“Complex police guidelines on the use of firearms should be simplified, a coroner has told the home secretary, Theresa May, in the wake of the Mark Saunders inquest.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mark Saunders was killed lawfully, inquest jury finds – The Guardian

“An alcoholic barrister who pointed his shotgun at police was lawfully killed when they opened fire in response, an inquest jury found today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New checks call after rail death in Essex – BBC News

“A coroner has called for new safety checks after hearing how an Essex rail worker was fatally injured when a ‘poorly welded’ basket fell on to him.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Baby P mother denied inquest representation funding – BBC News

“Baby Peter’s mother and her boyfriend have been denied public funding to be represented at any resumed inquest into the child’s death.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Inquest opens into death of barrister killed in armed siege – The Guardian

“An inquest will open today into the death of a wealthy barrister shot dead by police during an armed siege in London.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Marksmen who shot barrister Mark Saunders retain anonymity – Daily Telegraph

“Police marksmen who shot dead a barrister at the end of a five-hour siege at his Chelsea home can give evidence anonymously at his inquest amid fears they will targeted by the criminal underworld, a coroner ruled yesterday.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police set to be granted anonymity at inquest into shooting of barrister Mark Saunders – Daily Telegraph

“The police officers who shot dead a barrister at the end of a five-hour siege are expected to be given anonymity ahead of an inquest beginning next week.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Failings’ over diabetic who died at Stafford Hospital – BBC News

“A systemic failure to provide adequate nursing facilities and staffing contributed to the death of a diabetic, an inquest jury has ruled.”

Full story

BBC News, 7th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson death: Coroner defends use of controversial pathologist – The Guardian

“Paul Matthews says choice of Dr Freddy Patel, suspended from practice for three months last week, for postmortem was ‘routine.’ ”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Patel) v Lord Chancellor – WLR Daily

Regina (Patel) v Lord Chancellor [2010] EWHC 2220 (Admin); [2010] WLR (D) 240

“An applicant for exceptional funding by way of legal aid had to meet a high threshold to satisfy the test of ‘significant wider public interest’ in para 27.2.8 of the Legal Services Commission’s Funding Code Decision Making Guidance, subject to the latitude (or margin of discretion) accorded to the Lord Chancellor in the exercise of his judgment. There had to be the potential for client’s involvement in the proceedings to produce real benefits for individuals other than the client and for those benefits to be substantial.”

WLR daily, 6th September 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

7/7 bomber’s widow loses legal aid bid – The Independent

“The widow of one of the 7/7 suicide bombers today lost her High Court bid to overturn a decision refusing her legal aid for representation at the upcoming inquest into the deaths of 52 people in the attacks in London in 2005.”

Full story

The Independent, 27th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Attorney General will step in to end speculation over David Kelly death – Daily Telegraph

“The Attorney General has signalled that he is prepared to intervene in the controversy over the death of Dr David Kelly, admitting that those who doubted his suicide ‘may have a valid point’.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 18th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

David Kelly death inquest may be reopened – The Guardian

“The attorney general is considering re-opening the inquest into the death of government scientist David Kelly, it has emerged.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Experts call for David Kelly inquest – The Guardian

“A group of prominent legal and medical experts called today for a full inquest into the death of the government scientist David Kelly in 2003.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Coroners’ service reform review delaying inquests – BBC News

“Promised reforms to speed up coroners’ courts have been put on hold leaving many bereaved families waiting months or years for verdicts.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MoD scientist’s death blamed on safety failure – The Guardian

“The mysterious death of a Ministry of Defence scientist who was carrying out secret bomb-making experiments was blamed on inadequate safety procedures.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Calls for judge to conduct London G20 inquest – BBC News

“The government has been urged by MPs to appoint a judge to conduct the inquest into Ian Tomlinson who died at the G20 protests in London last year.”

Full story

BBC News, 28th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson coroner is urged to stand aside – The Guardian

“The coroner due to preside over the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson was tonight under pressure to step down from the hearing because he was responsible for appointing the pathologist who conducted a controversial postmortem on Tomlinson.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Metropolitan Police bids to block Baby Peter inquest – BBC News

“The Metropolitan Police are trying to block an inquest into the death of Baby Peter, the BBC has learned.”

Full story

BBC News, 14th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

British Legion to provide free legal advice for families of soldiers killed on active service – Daily Telegraph

“Independent legal support will be provided throughout the inquest process to the relatives of men and women who die during service. The proposal was welcomed by the families of army personnel who have died in Afghanistan and who described the resulting inquests as ‘traumatic’. Two full-time lawyers, funded by the British Legion with the help of the MoD, will guide families through the ‘complex and harrowing’ investigation that follows a military death.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 15th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

R (Smith) v Oxfordshire Assistant Deputy Coroner (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

R (Smith) v Oxfordshire Assistant Deputy Coroner (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2010] UKSC 29; [2010] WLR (D) 165

“British soldiers on active service abroad were not, as such, within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom within the meaning of art 1 of the Human Rights Convention and were accordingly not protected by the Convention rights scheduled to the Human Rights Act 1998. Assuming, however, that the Convention did protect servicemen abroad, a inquest that complied with the procedural obligation in art 2 was not automatically required whenever a member of the armed forces died on active service.”

WLR Daily, 1st July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Supreme court quashes troops’ human rights ruling – The Independent

“The country’s highest court today quashed a landmark ruling that British soldiers serving abroad are protected by human rights laws at all times.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Top neuroscientist died as out-of-hours doctors failed to spot blood infection – Daily Telegraph

“A top neuroscientist died after a several out-of-hours doctors failed to spot a rapidly-spreading blood infection, an inquest has heard.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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