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Birmingham Pub Bombins Inquests ‘Momentus’

birmingpubbombThe sister of a Birmingham pub bombings victim has said a decision to grant an inquest in the case would be “seismic”.

Julie Hambleton, whose 18-year-old sister Maxine was killed in the 1974 attacks, said the hearing by a coroner of an application to resume the inquest was “momentous” for the families.

Twenty-one people were killed and 182 injured when the suspected IRA bombs exploded in two city centre pubs on November 21 1974.

Six men wrongly convicted of the murders – the Birmingham Six – were released in 1991 after their convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

An inquest, which opened days after the bombings, was closed without hearing evidence in 1975 in response to the guilty verdicts.

birmingham-6-ARRESTEDThe Birmingham and Solihull Coroner will hear arguments from lawyers representing the families and also West Midlands Police over three days, starting on Wednesday.

Ms Hambleton told Good Morning Britain: “This public hearing today is momentous for us and if the coroner, we hope and pray, decides in our favour it will be seismic for us.

“This campaign is a campaign done in sadness and not in anger for those who are not here to fight for justice themselves. Twenty-one people were murdered in cold blood – they have no voice, they have no opinion, but we are here and we can fight for them.”

She added her family’s lives “fell apart” the moment they discovered her sister had died.

Asked why she thought police would object to the opening of an inquest, Ms Hambleton said: “We don’t know. We are going to have to wait until the public hearing opens Birmingham 6FREED - William Power, Richard McIlkenny, John Walker, Chris Mullin MP, Gerry Hunter, Patrick Hill and Hugh Callaghan upon their release from prisonlater today to hear what their legal argument is and then our legal team KRW Law, who are representing us, will put forward our legal arguments to the coroner (Louise Hunt) in the hope she will decide to reopen the inquests that were adjourned 41 years ago.”

Inquest jury return highly critical verdict on death in custody

Inquest touching on the death of Habib Ullah: before HM Coroner for Buckinghamshire, Richard Hulett. Jury return comprehensive and highly critical misadventure and narrative conclusion in relation to the level of force used to restrain Habib Ullah and the lack of appropriate after care provided by police. Habib “Paps” Ullah, a 39 year old father… Continue Reading

Holme House Prison Damned By Inquest Jury

In a damning verdict returned late on Thursday 13 June, the jury in the inquest into the death of Andrew Hall on 27 March 2009 found that he took his own life whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed, contributed to by neglect. This is the third short form neglect verdict returned following a… Continue Reading

Death In Custody Inquest

Why was she in jail? INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF MELANIE BESWICK AT HMP SEND TO BEGIN THURSDAY 11 APRIL 2013  Thursday 11 April 2013 at 10am Before HM Coroner for Surrey Richard Travers Sitting at HG Wells Conference Centre, Church Street East, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6HJ  Melanie Beswick was 34 years old when she… Continue Reading

HMP Wandsworth and London Ambulance Service severely criticised by jury at inquest concerning death of man imprisoned for stealing a gingerbread man during the London riots

A jury has severely criticised HMP Wandsworth and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) for ‘failures within the systems and the consequent delays’ which meant not enough was done to attempt to save the life of a man detained during the 2011 Croydon riots for stealing from a bakery. James Best, 37, was being held on… Continue Reading