Deaths reported to a coroner

View deaths referred to the Coroner, inquest hearings and conclusions

The role of the Coroner is to investigate and record the causes and circumstances of all sudden deaths where the cause is:

  • Not known or
  • Violent or
  • Unnatural or
  • Occurred when the deceased was in custody

The Coroner is an independent judicial officer.

Herefordshire Coroner's Service

The Herefordshire Coroner is HG Mark Bricknell.

The Assistant Coroner is Roland JT Wooderson.

They are supported by:

Alison Ball - Coroner's Clerk

  • Administrative support is available on email coroners@herefordshire.gov.uk or telephone 01432 261813. 
    Administrative support is available to the public during the following hours:
    Monday to Friday 8.30am - 12.30pm

Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer

Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer

The postal address is Coroner's Office, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PJ

Outside the hours set out above, any sudden violent or unexpected deaths may be reported through any police officer.

About the Coroner

The Herefordshire Coroner sits at the Town Hall, Hereford.

He considers deaths in Herefordshire that are reported to him. Of the 2,000 or so deaths in the county each year approximately half are referred to the Coroner for consideration, some will necessitate a post mortem.

Of the cases referred, the Coroner will typically open an inquest in 100+ cases each year.

Some inquests proceed on the basis of evidence read by the Coroner. Interested parties may seek disclosure of the evidence prior to the inquest and/or request the Coroner give consideration to the person providing the evidence attending in person.

The Coroner endeavours to establish how the deceased died. Often this will be useful in understanding whether safe procedures or practices have been followed or can be improved.

The Coroner meets regularly with representatives from business, the police and hospitals to discuss ways in which deaths can be prevented or their number reduced, frequently using the knowledge gained from the inquest process. This leads to the adoption of new practices both within organisations and in our daily lives.

The Coroner, therefore, while endeavouring to provide a compassionate service for the bereaved, very much exists for the benefit of the living.

For more information on the role of a coroner and what to expect during a coroner's investigation, see the Ministry of Justice Guide to Coroner Services (pdf).

Deaths referred to the Coroner, inquest hearings and conclusions

Details of deaths referred to the Coroner, inquest hearings and conclusions are listed below.

Inquests may be listed at short notice and may not always appear on this page. If you are expecting an inquest to be listed and it does not appear please telephone or email the Coroner's office using the contact details above.

Opening of inquests and investigations in the current and previous month

Date Venue Name of deceased Age at death Hearing type
5 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Carole Maureen Derfield 68 years Investigation
5 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Robert Antony Paulding 59 years Inquest
10 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Colin Winston Hargest 81 years Inquest
10 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Nerijus Liukpetris 40 years Inquest
12 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Alison Ann Hulett 50 years Investigation
12 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Emma Lavinia May Corbett 93 years Investigation
14 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Stephen George Bunce 64 years Inquest
14 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Beatrice Diane Skyrme 85 years Inquest
14 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Katherine Elizabeth Brace 32 years Inquest
14 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Jason Vincent Barratt 54 years Inquest
20 October 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Joan Margaret Lawrence 78 years Inquest
2 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Lee Walter Frayling 43 years Investigation
2 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford William John Brumbill 79 years Inquest
4 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Adam Thomas Chapman 31 years Inquest
4 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Benjamin Joe Hicks 83 years Inquest
16 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Iain Field 89 years Inquest
16 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Brian Richard Edwards 81 years Inquest
17 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Jack Alexander Payne 22 years Inquest
17 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Molly Grace Stone 19 years Inquest
21 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Gillian Catley 83 years Investigation
25 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Dorothy Frances Rawlings 87 years Inquest
25 November 2022 Town Hall, Hereford David Peter Brian Barnard 30 years Inquest

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

All inquests will be held before a coroner sitting alone unless identified as before a jury.

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death Coroner
21 November 2022 10.30am Town Hall, Hereford Kerry Marina Rothero Otherwise known as Kerry Marina Smith 38 years Herefordshire HG Mark Bricknell
21 November 2022 11.30am Town Hall, Hereford Sukanya Somsa 58 years Herefordshire HG Mark Bricknell
23 November 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Archie Dean Smalley 18 years Hereford HG Mark Bricknell
23 November 2022 11am Town Hall, Hereford David Andrew Hailes 52 years County Hospital, Hereford HG Mark Bricknell
23 November 2022 12.30pm Town Hall, Hereford Elizabeth Ann Walker 80 years County Hospital, Hereford HG Mark Bricknell
28 November 2022 9.30am Town Hall, Hereford David Thomas Hammond 57 years Herefordshire Roland JT Wooderson
28 November 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Jennifer Ann Kitson 82 years County Hospital, Hereford Roland JT Wooderson
28 November 2022 11am Town Hall, Hereford Simon William Smith 46 years Herefordshire HG Mark Bricknell
28 November 2022 12pm Town Hall, Hereford Dominicus Lourens Johannes Poelsma 86 years County Hospital, Hereford HG Mark Bricknell
28 November 2022 12.30pm Town Hall, Hereford Raymond George Archer 91 years Herefordshire HG Mark Bricknell
30 November 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Adrian Douglas Jones 56 years County Hospital, Hereford HG Mark Bricknell
30 November 2022 11.30am Town Hall, Hereford Daniel Alexander Agami 45 years Herefordshire HG Mark Bricknell
14 December 2022 11am Town Hall, Hereford Helen Jaqueline Green 52 years Herefordshire HG Mark Bricknell
14 December 2022 11.45am Town Hall, Hereford Garry Laban Weaver 53 years Herefordshire HG Mark Bricknell
4 January 2023 11am Town Hall, Hereford Andrew John Stuart Richardson 56 years County Hospital, Hereford HG Mark Bricknell

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date referred Name Date of death
3 October 2022 Rosemary Randle 29 September 2022
3 October 2022 Terence Thomas 30 September 2022
3 October 2022 Mary Shaw 23 September 2022
4 October 2022 Eileen Anderson 19 October 2022
4 October 2022 Gladys Rogers 28 October 2022
4 October 2022 Carol May Iles 4 October 2022
5 October 2022 Vanda Hibbert 2 October 2022
5 October 2022 John Smith 3 October 2022
6 October 2022 Wendy Windridge 30 September 2022
7 October 2022 Michael O’Rourke 5 October 2022
7 October 2022 Janet Harkness 1 October 2022
7 October 2022 Kenneth James 2 October 2022
7 October 2022 Evelyn Weaver 5 October 2022
10 October 2022 Fay Lewis 9 October 2022
10 October 2022 Robert Jones 4 October 2022
11 October 2022 John De Renzi 9 October 2022
11 October 2022 Robert Litherland 8 October 2022
11 October 2022 Georgina Everall 1 October 2022
13 October 2022 Ada Bigglestone 6 October 2022
13 October 2022 Michael Winch 12 October 2022
14 October 2022 Rodney McCall 27 September 2022
17 October 2022 Geoffrey Matthews 9 October 2022
18 October 2022 David John Parsons 10 October 2022
18 October 2022 Thomas Kenneth Carlisle 17 October 2022
20 October 2022 Patricia Phylis Lloyd 16 October 2022
20 October 2022 Barbara Dawson 16 October 2022
21 October 2022 John Alan Morris 10 October 2022
21 October 2022 David James Watkins 11 October 2022
21 October 2022 Dorothy Dzioba 7 October 2022
21 October 2022 Brian Goode 19 October 2022
21 October 2022 Celia Anne Pritchard 14 October 2022
21 October 2022 Ernest Taylor 12 October 2022
21 October 2022 David Williams Taylor 17 October 2022
24 October 2022 Raymond Mustoe 24 October 2022
25 October 2022 Elizabeth Carreck 23 October 2022
25 October 2022 Beryl Frayling 22 October 2022
26 October 2022 June Lay-Eaton 20 October 2022
26 October 2022 Mary Powell 20 October 2022
27 October 2022 Doreen June Mills 18 October 2022
28 October 2022 Wilfred Frank Byard 19 October 2022
28 October 2022 David James Pope 21 October 2022
28 October 2022 Brenda Jane Wood 23 October 2022
28 October 2022 Robert Bateman Guilding 16 October 2022
28 October 2022 Anthony Whitehouse 22 October 2022
28 October 2022 Richard Marpole 24 October 2022
28 October 2022 Nicholas Mark Pitts 21 October 2022
31 October 2022 Carol Fleet 19 October 2022
31 October 2022 Carole Patricia Brister 22 October 2022
2 November 2022 Christina Edge 27 October 2022
3 November 2022 Ann Cheshire 26 October 2022
3 November 2022 Marjorie Allen Schatke 24 October 2022
4 November 2022 Mavis Lewis 29 October 2022
4 November 2022 Sally Neville 1 November 2022
4 November 2022 Susan McLauchlan 27 October 2022
4 November 2022 Edward Evans 25 October 2022
4 November 2022 Julian Miles Whitmarsh 3 November 2022
4 November 2022 Douglas Edwin Lloyd 29 October 2022
4 November 2022 Joseph Barry Ellis 30 October 2022
4 November 2022 Ian Warburton 31 October 2022
4 November 2022 Christian Grob 31 October 2022
7 November 2022 John Williams 1 November 2022
7 November 2022 Pamela Doris Croker 4 November 2022
8 November 2022 Marie Allison 3 November 2022
9 November 2022 Geoffrey Bernard Green 6 November 2022
10 November 2022 Derek Bernard Hardwick 6 November 2022
10 November 2022 John Loynes 22 October 2022
10 November 2022 Margaret Heslip 3 November 2022
10 November 2022 Leslie Arthur Davey 4 November 2022
10 November 2022 David Hopper 8 November 2022
11 November 2022 David Morton Murray Kenyon 8 November 2022
11 November 2022 Linda Margaret Dinnick 4 November 2022
15 November 2022 Geoffrey Pritchard 29 October 2022
15 November 2022 David Garrick Pritchard 9 November 2022
15 November 2022 Margaret Joan Gray 28 October 2022
16 November 2022 John Neville Maund 10 November 2022
17 November 2022 Razvan Moraru 13 November 2022
21 November 2022 Cheryl Matthews 17 November 2022
21 November 2022 Sybil Morgan 15 November 2022
23 November 2022 Christopher Mark Forster Brown 18 November 2022
23 November 2022 Richard Morris 3 November 2022
23 November 2022 Gerald Winney 20 November 2022
23 November 2022 Douglas Alan Clarke 19 November 2022
23 November 2022 Florence Morris 18 November 2022
24 November 2022 Colin John Ravenhill 20 November 2022
24 November 2022 John Gizycki 22 November 2022
24 November 2022 Joyce Lewis 22 November 2022
24 November 2022 Howard Jones 20 November 2022
25 November 2022 Angeline Morgan 18 November 2022
28 November 2022 Robert Marsh 27 November 2022
28 November 2022 Marjorie Prosser 23 November 2022

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Terri Ann Malone 10 October 2022 Alcohol related
Neil Charles Philip Harper 10 October 2022 Drug and alcohol related
Colin Winston Hargest 10 October 2022 Natural causes
Elizabeth Jane Farley 11 October 2022 Narrative
Ewa Jadwiga Kmietowicz 11 October 2022 Suicide
Andrew John Marsh 12 October 2022 Suicide
Caroline Jane Fuller 12 October 2022 Narrative
John Thomas Helme 17 October 2022 Accidental death
Jeffrey Keith May 19 October 2022 Accidental death
Steven Paul Hein 24 October 2022 Suicide
Alan John Turville 2 November 2022 Narrative
Kenneth Coldman 2 November 2022 Suicide
Patricia Christine Mather 2 November 2022 Narrative
Rita Lilian Johnson 9 November 2022 Narrative
Michael Desmond Yves Phillips 16 November 2022 Narrative
Iain Field 16 November 2022 Accidental
Anthony Patrick Waters 16 November 2022 Accidental death
Rory Benjamin Wood 16 November 2022 Suicide
Bryan William Leaker 16 November 2022 Accidental death
Bernard Peter Leonard Hancorn 21 November 2022 Natural causes
Jennifer Mary Sharp 21 November 2022 Accidental death

Treasure inquests

The Coroner is also responsible for inquests in connection with Treasure. Set out below are those Treasure inquests currently being considered.

Description of find Hearing date Time