Inquest hearings

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Due to the current, fast-changing situation in respect of COVID-19 the Suffolk Coroner’s Service is closely monitoring the government advice and considering any impact this might have on the Coroner’s court.

Read our commitment to running COVID-19 secure inquest hearings.

The Senior Coroner for Suffolk may take the view that all courts should cease hearing cases with witnesses. If this is the situation, then we will endeavour to contact those involved as soon as is operationally possible and discuss the options. Any reschedule of inquest cases may not be for 6 to 9 months.

At this time our focus as a service is to prioritise the new referrals to the Coroner in order to enable funerals to be held at the earliest opportunity. We politely request your understanding and patience during this challenging time.

What is an inquest?

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.

Inquest dates

  • Hearings are held at The Coroner's Court, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB.
  • Start at 10am (unless otherwise stated). Where a time is not shown, the case will be heard at the Coroner's discretion at a suitable point during the day.

 

22 January 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Terence Sydney PROCTOR
  • Age: 87
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 13.07.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

25 January 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Sarah Marie BAILEY
  • Age: 29
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 25.04.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

26 January 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Kenneth Walter HATCHLEY
  • Age: 78
  • Where the deceased lived: Brandon
  • Date of death: 29.06.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

26 January 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Liam Adam FAIRFULL
  • Age: 29
  • Where the deceased lived: Stowmarket
  • Date of death: 27.06.2020
  • Place of death: Stowmarket
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

26 January 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Rosemary Anne KING
  • Age: 83
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 27.07.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

26 January 2021

  • Time: Adjourned - 09.06.2021
  • Name: Adam Daniel COATES
  • Age: 31
  • Where the deceased lived: Beccles
  • Date of death: 25.04.2020
  • Place of death: Beccles
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

27 January 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Patrick Alan CABLE
  • Age: 62
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 18.07.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

28 & 29 January 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Olive Joyce TRUMBLE
  • Age: 89
  • Where the deceased lived: Lound
  • Date of death: 28.10.2017
  • Place of death: Great Yarmouth
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

3 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Clare Louisa NASH
  • Age: 33
  • Where the deceased lived: Newmarket
  • Date of death: 16.01.2020
  • Place of death: Newmarket
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: PIR
  • Court: 1

3 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Kieran Terence O'BRIEN
  • Age: 19
  • Where the deceased lived: Haverhill
  • Date of death: 28.06.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

4 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Colin Anthony STIMSON
  • Age: 43
  • Where the deceased lived: Great Barton, Bedfordshire
  • Date of death: 04.07.2020
  • Place of death: Thetford Forest
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

8 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Kenneth Alfred SHREEVE
  • Age: 85
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 03.08.2020
  • Place of death: Gorleston
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

8 February 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Michael Alan JONES
  • Age: 45
  • Where the deceased lived: Stowmarket
  • Date of death: 31.05.2020
  • Place of death: Stowmarket
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

8 February 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Peter Household BRANCH
  • Age: 70
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 31.05.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

8 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Derek Frederick HAMILTON
  • Age: 70
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 31.05.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

9 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Peter Henry HOLLINS
  • Age: 72
  • Where the deceased lived: Hitcham Suffolk
  • Date of death: 18.06.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

9 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Shelia Ann Pamela SMITH
  • Age: 71
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 23.02.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

9 February 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: David Charles KNIGHTS
  • Age: 92
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 26.06.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

9 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Thomas James TAYLOR
  • Age: 86
  • Where the deceased lived: Bungay
  • Date of death: 04.07.2020
  • Place of death: Bungay
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

9 February 2021

  • Time: 3.00pm
  • Name: Anthony Michael Fredrick OSBORNE
  • Age: 83
  • Where the deceased lived: Woodbridge
  • Date of death: 06.07.2020
  • Place of death: Woodbridge
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

10 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: James CRACKNELL
  • Age: 39
  • Where the deceased lived: Felixstowe
  • Date of death: 31.05.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

10 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Pauline BISHOP
  • Age: 89
  • Where the deceased lived: Cambridge
  • Date of death: 22.06.2020
  • Place of death: Newmarket
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

10 February 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: El-Hadi ZAIDI
  • Age: 49
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 07.08.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

10 February 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Jennifer McCART
  • Age: 46
  • Where the deceased lived: Sutton Ipswich
  • Date of death: 06.06.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

10 February 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Robert Michael POOLEY
  • Age: 32
  • Where the deceased lived: Lakenheath
  • Date of death: 12.07.2020
  • Place of death: Lakenheath
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

10 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Carl SMITH
  • Age: 36
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 30.06.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

11 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: William Nicholas CRUMP
  • Age: 49
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 15.02.2020
  • Place of death: Chelmsford
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

11 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Justin John BRETT
  • Age: 45
  • Where the deceased lived: Haverhill
  • Date of death: 17.07.2020
  • Place of death: Haverhill
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

11 February 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Ernest Dennis BECKETT
  • Age: 80
  • Where the deceased lived: Great Yarmouth
  • Date of death: 27.05.2020
  • Place of death: Beccles
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

11 February 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Luke Daniel BARKER
  • Age: 34
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 26.07.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

11 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Stephen Charles CONROY
  • Age: 72
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 12.07.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

12 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Sophie Caroline HAYHOW
  • Age: 46
  • Where the deceased lived: Sudbury
  • Date of death: 19.07.2020
  • Place of death: Sudbury
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

12 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Katie WHALLEY
  • Age: 38
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 13.07.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

12 February 2021

  • Time: 3.00pm
  • Name: Tom MUTTON
  • Age: 20
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 20.07.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

16 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Michael Welsh CURRAN
  • Age: 54
  • Where the deceased lived: Newmarket
  • Date of death: 21.05.2020
  • Place of death: Newmarket
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

16 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Brian Gerald GREENACRE
  • Age: 79
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 05.08.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

16 February 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Stephen Richard BIDDLE
  • Age: 69
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 07.08.2020
  • Place of death: Gorleston
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

16 February 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Keith Norman THYNG
  • Age: 67
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 20.08.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

16 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Gerald Frank Peter EAGLES
  • Age: 92
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 27.08.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

16 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Josephine JENKINS
  • Age: 78
  • Where the deceased lived: Thetford
  • Date of death: 26.08.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

17 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Thomas PACE
  • Age: 73
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 17.07.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

17 February 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Lawrence Ernest FRASER
  • Age: 79
  • Where the deceased lived: Haverhill
  • Date of death: 20.07.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

17 February 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Kenneth John EVANS
  • Age: 59
  • Where the deceased lived: Norwich
  • Date of death: 16.05.2020
  • Place of death: Dunwich
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

18 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Peter Geoffrey Norman RIDDELL
  • Age: 89
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 13.07.2020
  • Place of death: Gorleston
  • Coroner: Ms Jaqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

18 February 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Stephen Leonard WEBB
  • Age: 58
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 17.08.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Ms Jaqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

19 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Norah Patricia SHARPE
  • Age: 80
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 11.09.2019
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

19 February 2021

  • Time: 
  • Name: Baby S
  • Age: 
  • Where the deceased lived:
  • Date of death: 
  • Place of death
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

22 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Annette Margaret BROOKS
  • Age: 68
  • Where the deceased lived: Brandon
  • Date of death: 02.07.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

22 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Letitia GREEN
  • Age: 90
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 05.03.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

23 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Megan Peach Jean YOUNGER-WATSON
  • Age: 17
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 16.02.2019
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

25 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Paul Steven REYNOLDS
  • Age: 38
  • Where the deceased lived: Colchester
  • Date of death: 16.02.2017
  • Place of death: Gorleston
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Pre Inquest Review
  • Court: 1

25 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Ronald Charles WELLS
  • Age: 87
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 10.07.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

25 February 2021

  • Time: 2.00 pm
  • Name: Gordon Anthony MARLOW
  • Age: 83
  • Where the deceased lived: Halesworth
  • Date of death: 07.09.2020
  • Place of death: Gorleston
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

26 February 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Craig THOMPSON
  • Age: 49
  • Where the deceased lived: Hollesley
  • Date of death: 14.05.2019
  • Place of death: Hollesley
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Pre Inquest Review
  • Court: 1

2 March 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Caroline Jayne PEARSON
  • Age: 60
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 25.07.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

2 March 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Madeline Jane CHITTY
  • Age: 65
  • Where the deceased lived: Newmarket
  • Date of death: 23.08.2020
  • Place of death: Newmarket
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

3 March 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Susan Teresa THORLEY
  • Age: 55
  • Where the deceased lived: Stowmarket
  • Date of death: 24.05.2019
  • Place of death: St Johns. Antigua
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

3 March 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Geraldine SIMPSON
  • Age: 87
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 29.08.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

15 March 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Donald Martin MURPHY
  • Age: 44
  • Where the deceased lived: Beck Row
  • Date of death: 06.08.2020
  • Place of death: Beck Row
  • Coroner: Mr Daniel Sharpstone
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

16 March 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Robin Frederic CARPENDALE
  • Age: 76
  • Where the deceased lived: Caple St Mary
  • Date of death: 05.08.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

16 March 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Gavin John CLARKE
  • Age: 37
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 14.06.2020
  • Place of death: Norwich
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

17 and 18 March 2021

  • Time: 9.00am
  • Name: Luke Simon BAKER
  • Age: 27
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 10.11.2019
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

18 March 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Sarah Frances PEART
  • Age: 30
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 10.11.2019
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

19 March 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Leonard ELSBY
  • Age: 72
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 07.09.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

22 and 23 March 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: John Rodwell STOW
  • Age: 75
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 20.01.2019
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Jury Inquest
  • Court: 1

24 March 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Christopher Denis SUNDERLAND
  • Age: 75
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 02.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

26 March 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Daniel Carter GREENER
  • Age: 39
  • Where the deceased lived: Brandon
  • Date of death: 18.07.2019
  • Place of death: Brandon
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

29 March 2021

  • Time: 10:00am
  • Name: Lorna Jayne DAY
  • Age: 69
  • Where the deceased lived: Woodbridge
  • Date of death: 22.07.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

29 March 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Janos Zoltan BAKONYI
  • Age: 47
  • Where the deceased lived: No fixed abode
  • Date of death: 10.08.2020
  • Place of death: Newmarket
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

6 April 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: John David MORGAN
  • Age: 73
  • Where the deceased lived: Beccles
  • Date of death: 11.07.2020
  • Place of death: Beccles
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

7 and 8 April 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Baby of Twinkal SHAH
  • Age: Less than 1 day
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 11.01.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

20 April 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Lee Paul Devereux
  • Age: 49
  • Where the deceased lived: Stradishall Suffolk
  • Date of death: 28.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury st Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

18 May 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Gregory James KINGSTON
  • Age: 47
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: France
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

27 May 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Clare Louisa NASH
  • Age: 33
  • Where the deceased lived: Newmarket
  • Date of death: 16.01.2020
  • Place of death: Newmarket
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: PIR
  • Court: 1

9 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00
  • Name: Adam Daniel COATES
  • Age: 31
  • Where the deceased lived: Beccles
  • Date of death: 25.04.2020
  • Place of death: Beccles
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

24 June 2021

  • Time:10.00am 
  • Name: Katerina Kostadinove KOSTADINOVA
  • Age: 27
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 6 July 2020
  • Place of death: Stoke Ash Suffolk
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

 

Witnesses

In the current/COVID-19 pandemic circumstances, it is the preference of the court, that witnesses attend hearings via video link, where at all possible.

If you have been summoned to attend a hearing please advise us as soon as possible if you will be unable to attend via this medium, and we can discuss alternative arrangements with the Coroner.

In the courtroom, the emphasis is upon receiving testimony and determining the credibility of the witness on the basis of his or her binding oath or affirmation. Therefore, you will be invited to affirm, or if you prefer, to swear, (if you decide to swear, you will be required to provide the appropriate holy book).

You will be invited to join the video-link approx. 15 minutes prior to the court sitting, to enable time for a sound/recording check by the court staff.

A witness can provide their testimony and when excused by the Coroner, leave the video call, however they will be welcome to listen for the duration of the inquest, if they wish to do so.

Should you have any questions or need to contact us – please call 0345 607 2040 and ask for court administration staff or email admin.coroners@suffolk.gov.uk.

Press and media

Coroners courts are courts of law and reporting of inquests is permitted by law. This means that press can attend the hearing and report accurately and fairly on any details given in open court. Press are regulated and guidelines state that reporting on inquests must be done with sensitivity.

The Coroner must make the details of all final inquest hearings publicly available in advance.

In the current/COVID-19 pandemic circumstances, it is the preference of the court, that witnesses and press attend hearings via video link, where at all possible.

As a member of the press, you will be invited to join the video-link approx. 15 minutes prior to the court sitting, to enable time for a sound/recording check by the court staff. We respectfully ask that you delay publication of the facts, to allow time for the officers to contact any family/next of kin regarding the Coroner’s conclusion.

At the start of the hearing, the Coroner will advise press of the legislation governing remote attendance at an inquest.

Should you have any questions or need to contact us – please call 0345 607 2040 and ask for court administration staff or email admin.coroners@suffolk.gov.uk.

Claiming expenses

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, 51KB).

Medical professionals do not need to provide evidence of expenses.