Notable Inquests cases
In Re Godhino (ongoing)
The Deceased was stabbed to death by her husband in front of her three year old daughter. Husband was defended by Tom Little QC at the murder trial. A 5 week inquest has been listed for 2022 to examine possible institutional failures which may have caused or contributed to death.
In Re Samuel Baker (2021)
The Deceased – a 14 year old youth – was stabbed to death in the course a gang conflict. The Inquest explored alleged failures by Social Services, the police and the local authority (schools and education) to provide support for SB and to ensure his safety.
In Re Kevin Clarke (2020)
KC, a paranoid schizophrenic, died in the course of being restrained by the police, whilst suffering an episode of acute behavioural disorder. The case attracted considerable interest because of a continuing public concern into the deaths of black men in police custody. It was the subject of a Panorama documentary on 19.1.21.
Jon & Vera Savage (2019)
JS, a 54 year old man with mental health issues, killed his 89 year mother, who also had mental health issues, before committing suicide. The inquest explored the support (or lack thereof) provided by social services, the NHS and the police prior to the deaths.
Patrick Clarke (2018)
Mr Clarke, a retired nurse working as a volunteer, was stabbed to death by a patient at a hospital in Croydon. The patient was convicted of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility. The inquest examined the role of various state agencies who had dealing with the patient in the lead up to the killing.
Alice Gross (2016)
AG disappeared from her home in Hanwell, on 28 August 2014. Her body was found on 30 September following the biggest search launched by Scotland Yard since the 7/7 bombings in 2005.An inquest jury concluded she was unlawfully killed in a sexually motivated attack at the hands of AZ, a Latvian builder who had previously served a prison sentence in Latvia for murdering his wife. AZ had entered the UK without this fact being discovered by the immigration authorities. He had also been arrested on a charge of indecent assault – but again his previous conviction had not been discovered.
In Re Gareth Williams (2012)
The “Spy in a Bag” case. Investigation into death of Gareth Williams, GCHQ employee, seconded to MI6, found dead in a padlocked sports bag, located in a bath. He was naked. The principal issue was whether he had died as a result of his own actions (i.e. locking himself into the bag); or whether there was unlawful third party involvement.