Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2005] All ER (D) 317 (Nov)
Court: Queen's Bench Division (Divisional Court)

Laws LJ and Ouseley J

Representation Henrietta Hill (instructed by Hodge Jones & Allen) for the claimant.
  Andrew Sharland (instructed by Michael Parker, Northampton) for the coroner.
Judgment Dates: 23 November 2005


Coroner - Inquest - Duty to hold inquest - Unnatural death - Deceased dying from small bowel infarction and volvulus - Deceased's father seeking inquest - Coroner refusing on basis deceased died of natural causes - Whether coroner erring in concluding that there were no reasonable grounds to suspect that deceased's death 'unnatural' - , s 8(1).

The Case

The coroner's decision not to order an inquest into the death of the claimant's son, who was severely disabled, on the basis that there was no reasonable cause to suspect that he had not died of natural causes, was neither irrational nor perverse.

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