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.

19 April until 14 May 2021

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

23 April 2021

  • Time: 
  • Name: Cherry Diana WOOTON
  • Age: 82
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 30 11.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Opening
  • Court: 1

23 April 2021

  • Time: 
  • Name: Marie Sylvia BROOKS
  • Age: 97
  • Where the deceased lived: Claydon
  • Date of death: 19.2020
  • Place of death: Claydon
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Opening
  • Court: 1

23 April 2021

  • Time: 
  • Name: Molly Vera WILLIAMSON
  • Age: 94
  • Where the deceased lived: Woodbridge
  • Date of death: 13.October 2020
  • Place of death: Woodbridge
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Opening
  • Court: 1

23 April 2021

  • Time: 
  • Name: Michael John THOMPSON
  • Age: 74
  • Where the deceased lived: Brandon
  • Date of death: 10 November 2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Opening
  • Court: 1

23 April 2021

  • Time: 
  • Name: Norman Arthur CANSDALE
  • Age: 88
  • Where the deceased lived: Ousden Suffolk
  • Date of death: 30 September 2020
  • Place of death: Ousden
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Opening
  • Court: 1

13 May 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Craig THOMPSON
  • Age: 49
  • Where the deceased lived: Woodbridge
  • Date of death: 11.05.2019
  • Place of death: Woodbridge
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Jury Inquest
  • Court: 1

17 May 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: John Anthony RIDDICK
  • Age: 83
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 10.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Ms Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

17 May 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Freda Amy Caroline THEOBALD
  • Age: 89
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 03.10.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mr Daniel Sharpstone
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

17 May 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Marcus John BOON
  • Age: 39
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 12.10.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Daniel Sharpstone
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

17 May 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Donald Frederick SMITH
  • Age: 86
  • Where the deceased lived: Felixstowe
  • Date of death: 01.10.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Ms Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

18 May 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Gregory James KINGSTON
  • Age: 47
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 25.07.2020
  • Place of death: France
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

18 May 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Josephine JENKINS
  • Age: 78
  • Where the deceased lived: Thetford
  • Date of death: 26.08.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Christoper Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

18 May 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Matthew Leslie ROBINSON
  • Age: 41
  • Where the deceased lived: Haverill
  • Date of death: 21.10.2019
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

18 May 2021

  • Time: 3.00pm 
  • Name: Cherry Diana WOOTON
  • Age: 82
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 30 11.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

18 May 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Alan DODDS
  • Age: 56
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 31.08.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Mr Christoper Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

18 May 2021

  • Time: 3.00pm
  • Name: Stefan Simon GOMES
  • Age: 47
  • Where the deceased lived: Sudbury
  • Date of death: 07.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Christoper Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

19 May 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Henry James Morgan HALL
  • Age: 42
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 19.09.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest 
  • Court: 1

19 May 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Simon Franklin GIBBS
  • Age: 49
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 03.09.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

21 May 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Chantel Leanne BUCKENHAM
  • Age: 39
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 04.10.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

26 May 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: June Mary GLOVER
  • Age: 79
  • Where the deceased lived: Therford
  • Date of death: 02.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

26 May 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Betty Joyce WARREN
  • Age: 90
  • Where the deceased lived: Sudbury
  • Date of death: 05.11.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • 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: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Pre-Inquest Review
  • Court: 1

27 May 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Joyce Winifred DUNGAR
  • Age: 91
  • Where the deceased lived: Diss
  • Date of death: 15.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

27 May 2021

  • Time: 3.00pm
  • Name: Pamela Rose CORBETT
  • Age: 91
  • Where the deceased lived: Brandon
  • Date of death: 16.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Pre-Inquest Review
  • Court: 1

28 May 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Andrzej Stanislaw KURCON
  • Age: 45
  • Where the deceased lived: Mildenhall
  • Date of death: 21.09.2020
  • Place of death: Mildenhall
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

28 May 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Roy Gordon HARRIS
  • Age: 65
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 17.11.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

28 May 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Brian Edward WADSWORTH
  • Age: 81
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 04.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

1 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: William Nicholas CRUMP 
  • Age: 49
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 15.07.2020
  • Place of death: Essex
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

2 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Daniel William Joe MARSLAND
  • Age: 30
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 07.07.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridgeshire
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

2 June 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • 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

2 June 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Ian Nicholas BLANCHARD
  • Age: 60
  • Where the deceased lived: Diss
  • Date of death: 03.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

3 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Roland STANNARD
  • Age: 81
  • Where the deceased lived: Stowmarket
  • Date of death: 03.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Ms Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

7 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Barry Michael JEFFERSON
  • Age: 73
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 02.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

7 June 2021

  • Time: 3.00pm
  • Name: Penelope June Mary ATHORN
  • Age: 60
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 21.10.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

8 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • 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

9 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • 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

10 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Geoffrey KEMPTON
  • Age: 87
  • Where the deceased lived: Hadleigh
  • Date of death: 09.11.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

10 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Timothy Stanger SIMPSON
  • Age: 23
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 14.11.2020
  • Place of death: Kentford
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

15 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Roy Sidney GOODERHAM
  • Age: 62
  • Where the deceased lived: Harkstead
  • Date of death: 16.10.2020
  • Place of death: Stutton
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

15 June 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm 
  • Name: Luise WALPOLE
  • Age: 86
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 20.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

15 June 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Brian Peter BACKHOUSE
  • Age: 80
  • Where the deceased lived: Felixstowe
  • Date of death: 09.10.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

15 June 2021

  • Time: 3.00pm 
  • Name: Carol Ann GAME
  • Age: 64
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 30.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

18 June 2021

  • Time: 11:00am 
  • Name: Michael John THOMPSON
  • Age: 74
  • Where the deceased lived: Brandon
  • Date of death: 10 November 2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

21 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Susan WOOLWARD
  • Age: 70
  • Where the deceased lived: Woodbridge
  • Date of death: 12.10.2020
  • Place of death: Woodbridge
  • Coroner: Mr Daniel Sharpstone
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

21 June 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Hilary Jane HOLDEN
  • Age: 61
  • Where the deceased lived: Halesworth Suffolk
  • Date of death: 30.10.2020
  • Place of death: Halesworth
  • Coroner: Mr Daniel Sharpstone
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

22 and 23 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • 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

22 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Francis Anthony Neil GRAY
  • Age: 32
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 22.10.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

22 June 2021

  • Time: 11.00am 
  • Name: Jade Lianne RADER
  • Age: 34
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 21.10.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

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

25 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Bernard Edward James SPARKES
  • Age: 75
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 29/10/2021
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

25 June 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Dennis Paul HODGSON
  • Age: 78
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 27.09.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

25 June 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Kevin Christopher JOYCE
  • Age: 51
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 05.11.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

28 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Clive WYARD
  • Age: 74
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 01.08.2018
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

29 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Zena Tara BRAY-BUTLER
  • Age: 47
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 30.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

30 June 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Irene Lilian BISHOP
  • Age: 90
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 16.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

30 June 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm 
  • Name: Keith Raymond BUTCHER
  • Age: 86
  • Where the deceased lived: Glensford Suffolk
  • Date of death: 15.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury st Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

30 June 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Douglas Bert ANSCOMB
  • Age: 92
  • Where the deceased lived: Newmarket
  • Date of death: 26.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

30 June 2021

  • Time: 3.00pm  
  • Name: Patricia Alice KERRY
  • Age: 77
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 12.11.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich 
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

1 July 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Rachel Jane BEAUMONT
  • Age: 44
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 01.10.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

1 July 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Diana Florence BLOOMFIELD
  • Age: 68
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 08.11.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

1 July 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Sylwester KILICHOWSKI
  • Age: 50
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 11.11.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

5 July 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Brian HULLS
  • Age: 73
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 26.09.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Mr Daniel Sharpstone
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

5 July 2021

  • Time: 11.00am
  • Name: Barry RAWSON
  • Age: 72
  • Where the deceased lived: Newmarket
  • Date of death: 27.11.2020
  • Place of death: Newmarket
  • Coroner: Mr Daniel Sharpstone
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

5 July 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm 
  • Name: Marie Sylvia BROOKS
  • Age: 97
  • Where the deceased lived: Claydon
  • Date of death: 19 November
  • Place of death: Claydon
  • Coroner: Mr Daniel Sharpstone
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

6 July 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm 
  • Name: Thomas Henry LOWER
  • Age: 67
  • Where the deceased lived: Sudbury
  • Date of death: 24.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

6 July 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Edward Peter STOPCZYNSKI
  • Age: 43
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 24.10.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

7 July 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Lesley Morag CREESE
  • Age: 76
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 26.09.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

15 July 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: John Charles ROSS
  • Age: 60
  • Where the deceased lived: Great Cornard Suffolk
  • Date of death: 27.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

16 July 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Lianne Charlotte WRIGHT
  • Age: 43
  • Where the deceased lived: Stowmarket
  • Date of death: 09.11.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

16 July 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Robert Spencer KENT
  • Age: 62
  • Where the deceased lived: Newmarket Suffolk
  • Date of death: 30/10/2020
  • Place of death: Newmarket
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

16 July 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Michael Alan JONES
  • Age: 45
  • Where the deceased lived: Stowmarket
  • Date of death: 20.07.2020
  • Place of death: Stowmarket
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 2

16 July 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Norman Arthur CANSDALE
  • Age: 88
  • Where the deceased lived: Ousden Suffolk
  • Date of death: 30 September 2020
  • Place of death: Ousden
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

20 July 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Paul William GARDNER
  • Age: 49
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 14.10.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

21 July 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Afia-Jade BAXTER
  • Age: 1 month
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 15.09.2020
  • Place of death: Gorleston
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

28 July 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Baby S
  • Age: 
  • Where the deceased lived:
  • Date of death: 
  • Place of death
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

4 August 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Gary James SEARS
  • Age: 50
  • Where the deceased lived: Thetford, Norfolk
  • Date of death: 04.11.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

4 August 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Nora Margaret SHIPLEY
  • Age: 89
  • Where the deceased lived: Barton Mills Suffolk
  • Date of death: 23.10.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

6 August 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Barbara SEELEY
  • Age: 94
  • Where the deceased lived: Lowestoft
  • Date of death: 26.10.2020
  • Place of death: Lowestoft
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

6 August 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm 
  • Name: Marina GRAY
  • Age: 59
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 08.11.2020
  • Place of death: Ipswich
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

10 August 2021

  • Time:2.00pm
  • Name: Edwin WILLIAMS
  • Age: 74
  • Where the deceased lived: Sudbury
  • Date of death: 06/03/2021
  • Place of death: Sudbury
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

16 August 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Gerald COUSENS
  • Age: 66
  • Where the deceased lived: Baylham
  • Date of death: 16.10.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

17 August 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Stephen Lee HOLDEN
  • Age: 54
  • Where the deceased lived: Stradishall Suffolk
  • Date of death: 25.12.2020
  • Place of death: Stradishall Suffolk
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: PIR
  • Court: 1

23 April 2021

  • Time: 2.00pm
  • Name: Molly Vera WILLIAMSON
  • Age: 94
  • Where the deceased lived: Woodbridge
  • Date of death: 13.October 2020
  • Place of death: Woodbridge
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

25 August 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Leslie Russell ANDERSON
  • Age: 61
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 15.09.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

26 August 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Dale John BAKER
  • Age: 30
  • Where the deceased lived: Felixstowe
  • Date of death: 15.12.2020
  • Place of death: Woodbridge
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Pre Inquest Review
  • Court: 1

27 August 2021

  • Time:10.00am 
  • Name: Nina Edith PORRITT
  • Age: 94
  • Where the deceased lived: Brandon
  • Date of death: 08.12.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

13 September 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Daniel Paul WILLGOSS
  • Age: 25
  • Where the deceased lived: Oulton
  • Date of death: 17.06.2018
  • Place of death: Oulton
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

15 September 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Marion Kathleen MARSH
  • Age: 74
  • Where the deceased lived: Fornham St Martin Suffolk
  • Date of death: 21.10.2020
  • Place of death: Cambridge
  • Coroner: Mrs Catherine Wood
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

16 September 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Karl Daniel BAREHAM
  • Age: 37
  • Where the deceased lived: Toronto, Canada
  • Date of death: 24.09.2019
  • Place of death: New South Wales, Australia
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

5 October 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name:Ruth Sewell EMERY
  • Age: 67
  • Where the deceased lived: Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death: 12.11.2020
  • Place of death: Bury St Edmunds
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

26, 27 and 28 October 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Dale John BAKER
  • Age: 30
  • Where the deceased lived: Felixstowe
  • Date of death: 15.12.2020
  • Place of death: Woodbridge
  • Coroner: Mrs Jacqueline Devonish
  • Type: Jury Inquest
  • Court: 1

8, 9 November 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Stephen Lee HOLDEN
  • Age: 54
  • Where the deceased lived: Stradishall Suffolk
  • Date of death: 25.12.2020
  • Place of death: Stradishall Suffolk
  • Coroner: Mr Christopher Long
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

18 November 2021

  • Time: 10.00am 
  • Name: Jennifer Elizabeth BAKER
  • Age: 32
  • Where the deceased lived: Ipswich
  • Date of death: 23.10.2020
  • Place of death: Barham
  • Coroner: Mr Tim Deeming
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

14 December 2021

  • Time: 10.00am
  • Name: Sally METCALF
  • Age: 68
  • Where the deceased lived: Woodbridge
  • Date of death: 10.04.2021
  • Place of death: Woodbridge
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • Type: Inquest
  • Court: 1

16 April 2021

  • Time: 12.00pm
  • Name: Jonathan Philip METCALF
  • Age: 72
  • Where the deceased lived: Woodbridge
  • Date of death: 10.04.2021
  • Place of death: Woodbridge
  • Coroner: Mr Nigel Parsley
  • 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 press attend hearings via audio link, where at all possible.

As a member of the press, you will be invited to join the audio 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.