No more reasonable doubt in suicide inquests – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in appeals, codes of practice, inquests, news, proof, suicide, unlawful killing by sally

‘In R (Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire v The Chief Coroner for England Wales [2019] EWCA Civ 809, the Court of Appeal conclusively held that the standard for proof for both short form and narrative conclusions concerning suicide was the civil balance of probabilities test, rather than the criminal beyond reasonable doubt.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th May 2019

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Ep 79: Causation in Inquests – Christopher Mellor – Law Pod UK

Posted May 21st, 2019 in causation, coroners, inquests, news by sally

‘Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Christopher Mellor about causation in inquests and the findings in R(Chidlow) v HMS Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde [2019] EWHC 581 (Admin).’

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Law Pod UK, 20th May 2019

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Parents of student who died in suicide over anxiety attacks to sue Bristol University – The Independent

‘The parents of a student who took her own life because she was too anxious to make a public presentation are taking legal action against her university.’

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The Independent, 19th May 2019

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Student Natasha Abrahart’s suicide: Neglect a ‘contributory factor’ – BBC News

‘A university student took her own life partly as a result of neglect, an inquest has ruled.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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Carl Sargeant: texts will not be heard at inquest, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2019 in coroners, evidence, inquests, news, suicide, telecommunications by sally

‘The former Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones, has lost a high court attempt to have text messages relating to the behaviour of a minister he sacked heard at his inquest.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2019

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Woman, 81, killed herself after pension was frozen in error – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2019 in benefits, elderly, inquests, news, pensions, suicide by sally

‘An 81-year-old woman killed herself after running out of money when her pension was frozen due to an administrative error.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2019

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Hither Green stabbed burglar Henry Vincent lawfully killed – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2019 in burglary, inquests, news, self-defence, unlawful killing by sally

‘A 79-year-old man who killed an armed burglar with a kitchen knife acted lawfully, an inquest has decided.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2019

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Leading firm held liable for asbestos case blunder – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has ordered Cardiff-based Hugh James to pay six-figure damages to the family of an asbestos victim for professional negligence in abandoning their personal injury claim.’

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Legal Futures, 1st May 2019

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The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl – BBC News

‘The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 over the death of a child at one of its hospitals.’

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BBC News, 17th April 2019

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Spending on jail staff legal fees 46-times more than for bereaved – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2019 in bereavement, fees, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice spent £4.2m representing prison officers at inquests, while paying out only £92,000 in legal aid for bereaved families at hearings that examine deaths in prison, according to newly released figures.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2019

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Neglect contributed to death after restraint by police, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘The family of a man who died after being restrained face down by officers has accused police of being “arrogant and evasive”, after an inquest jury found that Sussex police’s neglect contributed to his death.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2019

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Baby dies after pregnant Merthyr Tydfil woman ‘sent home’ – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2019 in birth, children, hospitals, inquests, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘A pregnant woman whose baby died was told she was not in labour and was sent home from hospital with painkillers and laxatives, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 4th Apil 2019

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Birmingham pub bombings: Victims ‘unlawfully killed’ – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2019 in coroners, explosives, inquests, Ireland, juries, murder, news, terrorism, unlawful killing by sally

‘The coroner at the inquests into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham pub bombings has instructed the jury to return a verdict of unlawful killing.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2019

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Neglect contributed to woman’s death after being issued wrong drug – BBC News

‘Neglect was a contributing factor in the death of a woman suffering from shingles who was given the wrong drug by a pharmacy, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2019

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Catalogue of failings led to death of ‘gentle’ man at detention centre – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2019 in death in custody, detention, immigration, inquests, news by sally

‘A catalogue of failings contributed to the killing of a “gentle and polite” man in immigration detention, an inquest jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2019

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Coroners could investigate stillbirths, say ministers – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2019 in birth, children, coroners, inquests, news by sally

‘Coroners in England and Wales may be given new powers to investigate stillbirths, so that each baby death is independently assessed.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2019

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Mark Duggan family to sue Met Police over death – BBC News

‘The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots across England in August 2011, are suing the Metropolitan Police for damages, BBC News has learned.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2019

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Coronial Causation – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in causation, inquests, news by tracey

‘The Divisional Court in R (Chidlow) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool [2019] EWHC 581 has given a concise and authoritative judgment reiterating and summarising the current common law concerning causation in inquests. Given the ever increasing importance of inquests and their conclusions as preliminaries to civil litigation, as well the growing number of inquests being held into historical deaths, the judgment will doubtless be frequently cited over the coming months and years.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th March 2019

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Colette McCulloch inquest: Autistic woman’s death ‘avoidable tragedy’ – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in alcohol abuse, autism, care homes, inquests, news, road traffic by tracey

‘The death of an autistic woman hit by a lorry on the A1 was an “avoidable tragedy”, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2019

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Doctors’ failure to spot sepsis led to toddler’s death, coroner rules – The Guardian

‘A two-year-old girl died as a result of neglect after the gross failure of doctors to diagnose sepsis, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2019

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