Reeves (Joint Administratrix of the Estate of Martin Lynch, Deceased) v Commissioner of Police for Metropolis: CA 10 Nov 1997

The fact that the deceased committed suicide whilst in custody does not necessarily absolve the police of blame if the deceased was a known suicide risk.


Times 20-Nov-1997, Gazette 03-Dec-1997, (1998) 41 BMLR 54, [1998] 2 All ER 381, [1999] QB 169, [1998] 2 WLR 401, [1997] EWCA Civ 2686




England and Wales


CitedMorris v Murray CA 3-Aug-1990
The plaintiff agreed to be flown by the defendant in his light aircraft though he knew the defendant was inebriated. The plaintiff drove the car which took them to the airfield and he helped to start and refuel the aircraft, which was piloted by the . .

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Appeal fromCommissioner of Police for the Metropolis v Reeves (Joint Administratix of The Estate of Martin Lynch, Deceased) HL 15-Jul-1999
The deceased was a prisoner known to be at risk of committing suicide. Whilst in police custody he hanged himself in his prison cell. The Commissioner accepted that he was in breach of his duty of care to the deceased, but not that that breach was . .
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Police, Negligence

Updated: 24 April 2022; Ref: scu.143085