Inquest into the Death Of 47-Year- Old Disabled Male Referred to the Police for Further Investigation

The inquest into the death of AB who sadly passed away at the age of 47 while under the care of a care home has been adjourned and referred to the local police constabulary for further investigation under Section 25(4) of the Coroners (Inquest) Rules 2013 for consideration of Corporate Manslaughter and/or Gross Negligence Manslaughter.

AB suffered with down syndrome and severe learning difficulties which meant he required around-the-clock care. AB also had acute physical needs pertaining to a small oesophagus which served to greatly exacerbate his risk of choking. AB’s care plan specified that he should not be left unsupervised whilst eating to mitigate this risk and was to receive 1:1 support during all mealtimes.

On 18 January 2020, whilst left unsupervised, AB choked on a piece of fruit (bolus measuring 1.5 x 1.25 inches) and died soon thereafter.

During the inquest, the coroner heard how certain staff members were not aware of AB’s enhanced risk and need for constant 1:1 supervision. Additionally, it was unclear why certain foods, which staff were told in their training were a choking risk, remained on the menu.

The family of AB welcome this news and are grateful for the support they are receiving from Southerns Solicitors and counsel. A date has yet to be listed for the resumption of the inquest while the police investigation remains ongoing.

If you require a solicitor for an inquest, our team at Southerns will be happy to assist. Please contact our team on 01282 422711.

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