Inquest hearings

Dates of inquest hearings, inquest openings and adjournments and how to claim expenses for attending an inquest.

Attending a hearing

  • At The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB
  • Courts start at 10am (unless otherwise stated). Where no time is shown, the case will be heard at the Coroner’s discretion at a suitable point during the day.
Date  Time Name Age Date of death Place of death Coroner

Type

Court

15 October 2018 10.00am Dennis BURGESS 78 07.06.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15 October 2018 10.45am Frederick SEYMOUR 89 15.03.2018 Lowestoft Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15 October 2018 11.00am Ivan BURROWS 88 07.04.2018 Ipswich Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 1
15 October 2018 11.30am Jason FINES 50 15.08.2017 Halesworth Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 1
15 October 2018 11.30am Margaret BISSON 81 20.07.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15th October 2018 12.15pm Irvine POTTER 66 20.06.2018 Chelmsford Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15th October 2018 1.45pm Lee CARNEGIE 49 09.05.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15th October 2018   Joyce MIDDLEWEEK 90 09.09.2018 Sudbury Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15 October 2018   Suzanne MEW 73 28.06.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15 October 2018   Craig DANIELS 28 04.07.2018 Felixstowe Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15 October 2018   William HUGHES 87 28.02.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15 October 2018   Angela MANN 47 14.05.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
15 October 2018   Damon VINYARD 43 13.07.2018 Halesworth Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
15 October 2018   Edgar DODDS 90 30.08.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
15 October 2018   Stuart CARTER 47 21.08.2018 Cambridge Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
15 October 2018   Edward RAYNER 48 10.09.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
15 October 2018   Bruno DELMONTE 69 01.09.2018 Cambridge Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
15 October 2018   Regina BROOK 79 31.08.2018 Alpherton Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
15 October 2018   Kerry SAMAIN 39 02.06.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2

15 October 2018

  Charles SNARE 79 01.09.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2

15 October 2018

  Kenneth FENN 74 22.08.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
16 October 2018 10.00am Margaret BARKER-BLACK 86 13.12.2017 Ipswich Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 1
16 October 2018   Debra SHEEHAN 50 21.08.2018 Addenbrookes Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 1
16 October 2018 10.00am Arleen HOWCHIN 86 18.04.2017 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
17 October 2018 10.00am Beryl TAYLOR 70 11.02.2016 Rattlesden Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
17 October 2018 1.45pm Eric COOK 71 03.08.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
17 October 2018   Jessie BARHAM 89 10.08.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
17 October 2018   Alan BULLOCK 80 18.09.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin Mccarthy Opening 2
17 October 2018   Paul GOLDING 55 13.09.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
17 October 2018   Peter Fordham 75 11.09.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
17 October 2018   Joseph NEALE 31 19.09.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
17 October 2018   Ronald LATHANGUE 80 04.09.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
17 October 2018   John JUBY 87 20.09.2018 Woodbridge Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
17 October 2018   Frederick HALES 87 20.05.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
17 October 2018   Philip GARWOOD 69 20.09.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
17 October 2018   Donald MEAD 85 19.09.2018 Mildenhall Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
18 October 2018 10.00am Michael LUMSDEN 76 18.07.2016 Felixstowe Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
18 October 2018   Thomas CHAPPELL 22 08.08.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
18 October 2018   Robert HOLMES 65 22.09.2018 Bury St Edmunds Mr Kevin McCarthy Opening 2
19 October 2018 No hearings planned              
22 October 2018 11.00am Alisha SADLER 47 23.02.2018 Felixstowe Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
22 October 2018 11.30am James BROOKE 26 19.05.2018 Norwich Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
22 October 2018 2.00pm Daniel READ 37 24.07.2017 Kabardino-Balkar-Republic Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
22 October 2018    Krasimir YAKUBOV 33 25.06.2017 Beck Row Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
22 October 2018   Joyce UNDERDOWN 90 20.04.2018 Great Yarmouth Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
22 October 2018   Sara LLOYD 77 31.03.2018 Great Yarmouth Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
22 October 2018   Victor BROWN 72 19.07.2018 Hadleigh Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
22 October 2018   Jo MATTHEWS 39 25.05.2018 Stowmarket Dr Dan Sharpstone Opening 2
22 October 2018   Mark BAKER 49 25.08.2018 Bury St Edmunds Dr Dan Sharpstone Opening 2
22 October 2018   Susan WARBY 57 30.08.2018 Bury St Edmunds Dr Dan Sharpstone Opening 2
22 October 2018   John BANKS 84 08.09.2018 Bury St Edmunds Dr Dan Sharpstone Opening 2
22 October 2018   Robert HAMILTON 65 02.02.2015 Bury St Edmunds Dr Dan Sharpstone Opening 2
22 October 2018   Robert MILLS 59 10.09.2018 Bramford Dr Dan Sharpstone Opening 2
22 October 2018   Michael HOWSEN 54 29.09.2018 Palgrave Dr Dan Sharpstone Opening 2
22 October 2018   Sandra BURROWS 73 30.09.2018 Sudbury Dr Dan Sharpstone Opening 2
23 October 2018 12.00pm John STANNARD 60 25.05.2015 Eye Mr Nigel Parsley Inquest 1
24th October 2018 No hearings planned              
25th October 2018 No hearings planned              
26th October 2018 No hearings planned              

29 October 2018 -1 November 2018

10.00am Matthew ARKLE 37 06.04.2017 Bury St Edmunds Mr Nigel Parsley Jury Inquest 1
29 October 2018 11.00am John McBay DUNCAN 77 23.01.2018 Bury St Edmunds Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
29 October 2018 11.30am Katherine HARVEY 28 11.07.2017 Cambridge Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
29 October 2018   Martin LITTLE 55 12.04.2017 Lowestoft Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
29 October 2018   Ian ROBERTS 86 29.08.2018 Ipswich Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
1st November 2018 10.00am Nigel LAST 37 28.08.2017 Blundeston Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
1st November 2018 10.45am Elizabeth BROWN 78 24.05.2018 Ipswich Mr Kevin McCarthy Inquest 2
2nd November 2018 NO hearings planned              
5th November 2018 - 6th November 2018 10.00am John LING 61 27.06.2017 Cambridge Mr Nigel Parsley Jury Inquest 1
5th November 2018 11.00am Ivan GOOCH 81 12.05.2018 Ipswich Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
5th November 2018 12.15pm Gerald PALMER 83 20.09.2018 Cambridge Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
5th November 2018   Daphne BUTTERY  91  15.08.2018  Ipswich  Dr Dan Sharpstone Inquest 2
5th November 2018   Jayne BLACKMAN 48 24.07.2018 Peasenhall Dr Dan Sharpstone Opening 2
7th November 2018 - 8th November 2018 10.00am Philip LAYFIELD 72 28.02.2017 Bramfield Mr Nigel Parsley Jury Inquest 1
9th November 2018 NO hearings planned              

An inquest is a formal court hearing, open to members of the public and the media.

We hold 4 types of hearings:

  • opening and adjournment only
  • pre-inquest review meeting
  • inquest
  • inquest with jury

If appropriate, witnesses will be called, and in some cases a jury will be appointed.

The coroner will hold an inquest if:

  • the post-mortem does not reveal the cause of death
  • the death was unnatural and the result of an accident
  • where the deceased was in a state of detention
  • the coroner believes there is a good reason to continue investigations

The Coroner, or in some cases the jury, will come to a conclusion and formally state who died, where, when and how it happened.

You do not need to attend a coroner's inquest, unless you are called to be a witness, but in some circumstances documentary evidence can be accepted instead of attendance in court.

If an inquest is held, the Coroner will register the death on your behalf. The registrar will write to you when this has been done, as you may wish to obtain a registrars death certificate.

You can claim expenses if you're required to attend court as a witness or summoned to attend as a juror.

The Ministry of Justice decides how much both jurors and witnesses can claim.

We regret that family members or people attending an inquest in a capacity other than a juror or formally summonsed witness aren't entitled to claim expenses.

Please read the following guidance then complete the appropriate form below.

Travel expenses

A claim for travel expenses can be made if you travel to an inquest using public transport, or by your own private vehicle.

If using public transport, you can claim the amount of the actual fare paid (for train travel only the Standard Fare can be claimed).

If travelling using your own private vehicle (motorcycle or car), the current mileage rate is 45p per mile, for travel by pedal cycles the rate is 20p per mile. Reasonable car parking charges will be reimbursed.

If exceptional circumstances cause the use of alternative/additional means of transport, or an overnight stay, please discuss this in advance with the Coroner’s Office.

Subsistence claim

You’re entitled to an allowance to cover reimbursement for food or refreshments to the following maximum amounts:

  • Up to 5 hours: £2.40
  • 5 to 10 hours: £4.75

Catering is usually provided for jurors, so a payment for subsistence will not apply.

Loss of earnings/child care costs

You can make a claim if you have suffered financial loss as a result of attending an inquest.

The amount of reimbursement is subject to the maximum amounts set by the Ministry of Justice:

  • Up to 4 hours: £32.47
  • Over 4 hours: £64.95

For long inquests which last beyond 10 days the maximum amount of reimbursement increases to:

  • Up to 4 hours: £64.95
  • Over 4 hours: £129.91

You will need to provide one of the following:

  • a letter from your employer on company letterhead which confirms the amount of financial loss incurred
  • a receipt for childcare costs
  • appropriate evidence if you are self employed

You can’t make a claim if your employer continues to pay you whilst you’re attending an inquest.

Claim expenses as an ordinary witness or member of the jury

If you have attended an inquest hearing as an ordinary witness or juror you can claim payment for expenses by printing, completing and returning this claim expenses form (PDF, 53KB).

You must send us proof of each expense (e.g. a receipt).

Claims will not be paid without the relevant supporting documentation.

Claim expenses as a medical professional

If you are a medical professional and wish to claim expenses for an inquest hearing you attended, please complete and return the medical professional expenses claim form (Word, 49KB).

Medical professionals do not need to provide evidence of expenses.