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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 coroners@herefordshire.gov.uk, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.

Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347178, email margaret.oliver@westmercia.pnn.police.uk, hours 8.30am to 12..30pm.

Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347351, email nigel.phillips@westmercia.pnn.police.uk, 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.

Treasure inquests

Description of find Hearing date Time