Involved the death of a patient formerly detailed under the Mental Health Act. Following discharge from a Section Order, the Deceased was killed either due to deliberate suicide or an accidental fall from a motorway bridge.
There were prolonged inquest proceedings where a Jamieson decision (“gross negligence”) was sought. Later civil proceedings were brought by the next of kin under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act on behalf of the Estate of the Deceased and under Article 2 of the Human Rights Act.
The claim was of limited financial value, death instantaneous due to the multiple injuries sustained. The inquest work was undertaken on a pro bono basis, civil proceedings brought with the principle purpose of achieving justice for the family.