Khan, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for West Hertfordshire and Another: Admn 7 Mar 2002

The deceased died in police custody. The coroner refused to leave to the jury possible verdicts of unlawful killing, or death contributed to by neglect, or breach of his right to life. He adjourned the hearing to allow this challenge.
Held: Coroners should be cautious of such adjournments. The jury would now deliver any verdict after a four month delay. The deceased had been involved in a struggle in the station, and lost consciousness, but had not been put in the recovery position for some time. Neglect in coroners’ cases meant failing to take an opportunity to avoid a death. However there was no evidence to support any conclusion that a relationship of causation existed to support a verdict of neglect.


Mr Justice Richards


[2002] EWHC 302 (Admin)




European Convention on Human Rights


England and Wales


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Rejection of Submission of No Case to Answer
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