Blast soldier unlawfully killed – BBC News

Posted July 8th, 2009 in Afghanistan, armed forces, inquests, news, unlawful killing by sally

“A Devon Territorial Army soldier who died when his vehicle hit a landmine in Afghanistan was unlawfully killed, an inquest has ruled.”

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BBC News, 8th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R (Allen) v Inner North London Coroner – WLR Daily

Posted July 2nd, 2009 in detention, human rights, inquests, law reports, mental health by sally

R (Allen) v Inner North London Coroner [2009] EWCA Civ 623; [2009] WLR (D) 219

“An inquest into the death of a patient who was detained in a hospital under s 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983 had to satisfy the enhanced requirements of art 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which guaranteed the right to life.”

WLR Daily, 1st July 2009

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.

Grandmother cleared over baby killed by dogs – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2009 in accidents, dogs, inquests, news by sally

“Coroner records verdict of accidental death in case of three-month-old Joseph Mack, mauled while grandmother slept.”

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The Guardian, 25th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Who decides who owns your body? – BBC News

Posted June 24th, 2009 in burials and cremation, inquests, news by sally

“Steve Blum’s son Christopher was buried last November but he did not go to the funeral.

Mr Blum, who has always disputed the the pathologists’ finding of cot death as the cause of four-month-old Christopher’s death, wanted his son to remain in the North London mortuary where he had lain for 21 years until he could have the inquest he feels his son deserves.”

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BBC News, 23rd June 2009

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Does the Coroners and Justice Bill go far enough – and is there enough money – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 19th, 2009 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“The Coroners and Justice Bill is the government’s attempt to implement that long-awaited reform. Some practitioners and pressure groups are concerned that the bill doesn’t go far enough, and that there isn’t enough money behind it to make it work. There is a real risk, they say, that this bill will come to be seen as a missed opportunity.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th June 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Call to publish 1979 death report – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2009 in demonstrations, disclosure, inquests, news, police by sally

“A campaign group has called on the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson to publish a report into the death of a protester in 1979.”

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BBC News, 14th June 2009

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Menezes officer ‘did not deceive’ – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2009 in complaints, firearms, inquests, news, police by sally

“A police officer who admitted altering his notes about the death of Jean Charles de Menezes has been cleared following an inquiry.”

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BBC News, 26th May 2009

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Coroners Bill: now the battle begins for legal aid and juries – The Times

Posted May 21st, 2009 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“With Jack Straw’s dropping of plans this week for secret inquests, one of the big battles in the Coroners and Justice Bill has been fought and won. But the Justice Secretary’s move does not guarantee the Bill a trouble-free ride.”

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The Times, 21st May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

Posted May 20th, 2009 in armed forces, human rights, inquests, law reports by sally

R (Smith) v Oxfordshire Assistant Deputy Coroner (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2009] EWCA Civ 441

“A British soldier on military service in Iraq was subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom within the meaning of art 1 of the Human Rights Convention and as such benefited from the rights guaranteed by the Human Rights Act 1998. An inquest held into the soldier’s death was to be an enhanced inquest conforming to the procedural requirements of the right to life in art 2 of the Convention.”

WLR Daily, 19th May 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Statement on amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 18th, 2009 in coroners, inquests, juries, press releases by sally

“Jack Straw has made a written ministerial statement concerning amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill.”

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Ministry of Justice, 15th May 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Barristers Urge Peers to Strengthen Support for Bereaved Families in Coroners and Justice Bill – The Bar Council

Posted May 18th, 2009 in inquests, press releases by sally

“Bereaved families should have access to legal representation at inquests, the Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association have told the House of Lords.”

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The Bar Council, 18th May 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Minister rejects calls for Deepcut deaths inquiry – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2009 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

“The armed forces minister, Bob Ainsworth, rejected calls for a public inquiry into the deaths of four army recruits at the Deepcut barracks today after the publication of official investigations into two of the deaths.”

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The Guardian, 14th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New evidence over Deepcut deaths, says family – The Guardian

Posted May 13th, 2009 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

“An official investigation into the death of an army recruit at the infamous Deepcut barracks contains new evidence that should be put before a coroner’s court or an independent inquiry, the father of the young soldier said today.”

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The Guardian, 12th May 2009

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R (O’Connor) v HM Coroner for the District of Avon (Visser intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted May 11th, 2009 in inquests, insanity, law reports, standard of proof by sally

R (O’Connor) v HM Coroner for the District of Avon (Visser intervening) [2009] EWHC 854 (Admin); [2009] WLR(D); [2009] WLR (D) 150

The test for a verdict of unlawful killing was not exclusively objective, it being necessary to find at least the mental element necessary for a criminal conviction of assault; and insanity, if properly raised on the evidence, had to be disproved to the criminal standard to sustain such a verdict.”

WLR Daily, 8th May 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Ruling quashed on balcony death father – The Independent

Posted May 7th, 2009 in inquests, news, unlawful killing by sally

“An inquest ruling that a man unlawfully killed his six-year-old son by throwing him off a hotel balcony when a holiday trip to Crete to salvage his marriage went disastrously wrong was quashed by the High Court today.”

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The Independent, 7th May 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Inquests into the deaths of service personnel in operations and exercises overseas – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 6th, 2009 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has made a written ministerial statement about the deaths of servicemen and women overseas.”

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Ministry of Justice, 5th May 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jews and Muslims succeed in bid to avoid post-mortems – The Independent

Posted April 22nd, 2009 in inquests, news by sally

“Bereaved families will be allowed to pay for pathologists to perform body scans on their loved ones to establish cause of death if they object to post-mortems for religious reasons, the Government announced yesterday.”

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The Independent, 22nd April 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Third postmortem to be carried out on Ian Tomlinson – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2009 in demonstrations, inquests, news by sally

“A third postmortem examination is to be carried out tomorrow on the body of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died shortly after a police officer hit him from behind during the G20 protests on 1 April.”

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The Guardian, 21st April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Verdict on prison death quashed – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2009 in inquests, news, prisons, suicide by sally

“A fresh inquest has been ordered into the death of a prison inmate who was found hanged in his cell.”

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BBC News, 3rd April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs back holding private inquests – BBC News

Posted March 24th, 2009 in inquests, news by sally

“MPs have backed government plans to hold inquests in private and without a jury in some sensitive cases, such as those involving national security.”

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BBC News, 24th March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk