Regina on the Application of Mullholland v HM Coroner for St Pancras: QBD 7 Nov 2003

The applicant sought to re-open a coroner’s inquest. The deceased had been drunk, slipped banged his head and fallen to the ground. Police and ambulance were called. The ambulance worker was not told he had been unconscious, and he was taken to the police station. At the police station, he became seriously ill. He died later at hospital.
Held: Those atending were not told of the period of unconsciousness, and the deceased had refused to go to hospital. Even though there was now evidence which suggested he might have lived, the decision not to go to hospital was unlikely to be challenged and a different verdict had not been shown to be likely.


Lord Justice Kennedy Mr Justice Royce


[2003] EWHC 2612 (Admin)




England and Wales


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See AlsoMulholland, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for St Pancras Admn 16-Jan-2003
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See alsoMulholland, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for St Pancras Admn 16-Jan-2003
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Updated: 08 June 2022; Ref: scu.187728