New Inquest Ordered into Teenager’s Death

May 15, 2015

SJB barrister Simon Murray acted for the family of Kristian Thompson in High Court proceedings which ordered a fresh inquest into the teenager’s death.

Kristian was 19 years old when he collapsed and died in July 2011, nine months after being attacked while on a night out with friends. The original inquest into his death recorded an open verdict, as pathologists were not able to conclusively say that the attack caused his death.

Kristian’s family applied for and obtained a Fiat from the Attorney General, granting them permission to apply to the Administrative Court for the original inquest to be quashed.

Their campaign was successful with Judge Peter Thornton QC and Lord Justice Burnett ruling that earlier proceedings had not properly investigated the role epilepsy may have played in the teenager’s death.

Kristian’s family were represented by Inquest Specialist Gemma Vine, Lester Morrill Solicitors, Leeds, and Simon Murray from St John’s Buildings.

Click here to read the press release from Lester Morrill.

Click here to see the BBC news coverage.