Deaths reported to a coroner
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, telephone 01432 261813, email email@example.com, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347178, email firstname.lastname@example.org, hours 8.30am to 12..30pm.
Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347351, email email@example.com, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.
The postal address is Coroner's Office, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PJ.
Outside of the hours set out above any sudden violent and unexpected deaths may be reported through any police officer.
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 over 100 cases each year.
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.
If you would like more information on the role of a coroner and what to expect during a coroner's investigation, you can download the Ministry of Justice Guide to Coroner Services (pdf).
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|
|8 April 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Rimas Simkus||47 years||Inquest|
|8 April 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Thomas Leonard Butcher||86 years||Inquest|
|22 April 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Nigel Alistair Witts||73 years||Inquest|
|24 April 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Nora Mary Hart||89 years||Inquest|
|24 April 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Matthew Charles Ravenhill Wood||35 years||Inquest|
|1 May 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Carlina Margaret Leake||29 years||Inquest|
|4 May 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Krzysztof Jaroslaw Kosicki||56 years||Inquest|
|6 May 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Dendao Wozencroft||38 years||Investigation|
|6 May 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Elle May Bennett||15 years||Investigation|
|13 May 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Robert William Faulkner||70 years||Investigation|
|13 May 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Ann Mary Jones||68 years||Investigation|
|15 May 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Brandon Mark Mortlock||16 years||Inquest|
|20 May 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Susanna Annette Howe||55 years||Inquest|
|22 May 2020||Town Hall, Hereford||Keith Charles Jones||77 years||Inquest|
Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings
|Date||Time||Venue||Name of deceased||Age at death||Place of death|
|1 June 2020||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||John Williams||73 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|3 June 2020||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Mark Edward Mortlock||38 years||Hereford|
|8 June 2020||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Anthony Fish||39 years||Hereford|
Recent deaths referred to the Coroner
|Date referred||Name||Date of death|
|1 May 2020||Josephine Gillespie||30 April 2020|
|4 May 2020||Helen Anderson Scoon||4 May 2020|
|4 May 2020||David Morgan||1 May 2020|
|4 May 2020||Keith James||2 May 2020|
|4 May 2020||Margaret Ranasinghe||4 May 2020|
|5 May 2020||Geoffrey Deem||3 May 2020|
|6 May 2020||Joy Stewart-Smith||6 May 2020|
|6 May 2020||David Reynolds||3 May 2020|
|6 May 2020||Mary Josephine Foulkes||5 May 2020|
|6 May 2020||John Thomas Tong||6 May 2020|
|7 May 2020||Joan Wilce||6 May 2020|
|7 May 2020||Michael John Clarke-Bolton||6 May 2020|
|7 May 2020||John Irvine Mathieson||7 May 2020|
|7 May 2020||Brian Stanley Whiles||7 May 2020|
|8 May 2020||Alan Field||7 May 2020|
|11 May 2020||Alistair Holbrook||8 May 2020|
|11 May 2020||Russell Hill||9 May 2020|
|11 May 2020||Andrew Morgan||11 May 2020|
|12 May 2020||Keith Worsley||11 May 2020|
|12 May 2020||Mary Lane||12 May 2020|
|13 May 2020||John Gayton||10 May 2020|
|13 May 2020||Audrey Wardell||10 May 2020|
|13 May 2020||David Frank Bennett||7 May 2020|
|14 May 2020||Dianne Williams||13 May 2020|
|14 May 2020||James George Andrew Hamilton||14 May 2020|
|14 May 2020||Carl Dwane Winston Barratt||14 May 2020|
|15 May 2020||Nigel Morrison Clayton||16 May 2020|
|19 May 2020||Leslie Jackson||15 May 2020|
|15 May 2020||Frederick Stanley Preece||15 May 2020|
|19 May 2020||Kathleen Conroy||16 May 2020|
|21 May 2020||William Tinsley||17 May 2020|
|22 May 2020||Rosemary Newsholme||19 May 2020|
|22 May 2020||Tina Preece||21 May 2020|
|26 May 2020||Ruth Mary Lloyd||21 May 2020|
|26 May 2020||Alfred Ruell||22 May 2020|
|27 May 2020||Vera Hadfield||19 May 2020|
|27 May 2020||Graham Mussell||23 May 2020|
|27 May 2020||Mary Haines||22 May 2020|
|27 May 2020||Jennifer Boden||24 May 2020|
|27 May 2020||Gillian Meddings||22 May 2020|
Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month
|Name of deceased||Date of conclusion||Conclusion|
|Claire Louise Winter||1 April 2020||Natural causes|
|Benjamin David Smith||6 April 2020||Drug related|
|Rebecca Louise Saunders||6 April 2020||Suicide|
|Rimas Simkus||8 April 2020||Alcohol related|
|Lukasz Edward Kasinski||15 April 2020||Road traffic collision|
|Mariusz Robert Siczek||15 April 2020||Road traffic collision|
|Geoffrey William Beach||15 April 2020||Industrial disease|
|Carol Florence Graham||15 April 2020||Suicide|
|Steven Richard Williams||20 April 2020||Drug related|
|Kieran Joyce||22 April 2020||Narrative|
|Nigel Alistair Witts||22 April 2020||Natural causes|
|Matthew Charles Ravenhill Wood||24 April 2020||Natural causes|
|Edward James Morris||29 April 2020||Alcohol related|
|Alexander William Scott-Wilson||4 May 2020||Suicide|
|Joseph Arthur Vowles||4 May 2020||Drug related|
|Jason Matthews||4 May 2020||Narrative|
|Mansel Sydney Gwyn||4 May 2020||Natural causes|
|Jean Patricia Lovis||4 May 2020||Accidental death|
|Dennis Hitchings||11 May 2020||Suicide|
|James Laurence Mackay||11 May 2020||Industrial disease|
|Shaun Matthew Bevan||18 May 2020||Accidental death|
|Elizabeth Jane Boynton||27 May 2020||Accidental death|
|Isla Marie Oliver||27 May 2020||Narrative|
|Raimonda Cioga de Almeida||27 May 2020||Drug related|
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|