QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
B e f o r e :
MR JUSTICE HOLLAND
|SHANIE JANICE PARKIN||(CLAIMANT)|
|HM CORONER FOR NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE AND GRIMSBY DISTRICT||(DEFENDANT)|
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MR RICHARD CLAYTON QC (instructed by Messrs Price Richard & Co) appeared on behalf of the CLAIMANT
The DEFENDANT did not appear and was not represented
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"Whatever one wants to believe or thinks may have happened, one cannot avoid the proposition that he appears to have stood on that chest of drawers with a rope around his neck, and an obvious inference is that he intended to take his own life. But the other factors that I have mentioned all appear to point in an opposite direction. But the fact of the rope is very compelling.
"But I am obliged to exclude the possibility that there was some unexplained accident, or was it a cry for help, a 'I can't cope' action to create sympathy in others because he was in conflict? Or was he in conflict with others, his mother and the school, and he wanted them to see that he could not cope, and he was trying to influence them?"
"(1) This section applies where, on an application by or under the authority of the Attorney-General, the High Court is satisfied as respects a coroner ... either --
"(b) where an inquest has been held by him, that (whether by reason of fraud, rejection of evidence, irregularity of proceedings, insufficiency of inquiry, the discovery of new facts or evidence or otherwise) it is necessary or desirable in the interests of justice that another inquest should be held."
"How ... the deceased came by his death."
"This appears to be a much more satisfactory approach because, in many cases, and I would include this case as an example, it will be quite impossible to say what will be the effect of the new evidence. The effect which it will have will only be known after the witnesses have given their evidence and have been questioned. They may then be believed or they may not be believed. However, whatever the outcome, it still may be in the interests of justice that their evidence should be explored in public before a jury."
"... insufficiency of inquiry, the discovery of new facts or evidence or otherwise."