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Category: Inquests


Inquest Opens Into Alfie Gildea Death

An inquest is about to start into the death of four-month-old Alfie Gildea, with his mother Caitlin anxious to see that it sparks several procedural changes relating to the wider circumstances surrounding his tragic death in 2018. Alfie was found by his mother with head injuries in September of 2018 and died two days later….

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Prison Death Ruled As Natural Causes After Inquest Describes Negligent Healthcare

A 19-year-old inmate, Jordan Hullock from Leeds, died in prison after being “de-humanised and ignored” according to an inquest, which ruled that his death was due to ‘natural causes’. Represented by Ison Harrison’s expert criminal and inquest lawyer, Ruth Bundey, Jordan’s family left the inquest distraught and angry at the treatment their son had been…


Desired Outcome Reached In Inquest With Gareth Naylor

An inquest before HM Assistant Coroner Jonathan Heath took place on the 9 July 2019 to investigate the death of a motorcyclist who died on the 29 May 2018. Our Partner and Head of Personal Injury Gareth Naylor represented the brother of the deceased, Mathew. On the 29 May 2018 Mathew was riding his motorcycle…

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Inquest Concludes Adrian McDonald Died of Stress of Incident

The inquest into the death of Adrian McDonald concluded this week that his death was due to “the effects of cocaine and stress of incident, following police dog bites and Taser.” Adrian was arrested, restrained, bitten by a police dog, tasered, and then left in a police van struggling to breathe properly. The police were called…

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Inquest opens into the death of Adrian McDonald

Inquest opens into the death of Adrian Mcdonald following a police dog bite and use of taser by Staffordshire Police Adrian McDonald died in 2014, aged 34, following an arrest where he was tasered and bitten severely by a police dog. However, the moments Adrian was bitten and tasered were not captured on recordings shown…

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Emily’s Hartley’s Successful Inquest Case Study

Diane Coulson’s daughter Emily Hartley, was the youngest woman to die in prison custody in recent years. Emily took her own life at New Hall Prison in April 2016, at 21 years old. Emily had a long history of mental health issues; which she believed began at the age of 9, after grieving the death of her grandmother,…