In the Media

Landmark ruling on inquest juries

PUBLISHED March 12, 2004

The House of Lords has made a landmark ruling to quash an inquest verdict and order a new hearing into how a South Yorkshire woman died in jail.

Sheena Creamer, 22, was on suicide watch in New Hall Prison near Wakefield but used a curtain to hang herself.
A coroner did not give the jury the chance to add a rider to its suicide verdict indicating neglect.
Law lords have now ruled that inquest juries are entitled to add such riders in cases of deaths in custody.