The coroner in the Sean Rigg inquest is expected to take a decision tomorrow on whether or not the death of Rigg, who died in police custody in Brixton in 2008, could be seen to be due to police neglect.
On Monday the coroner already ruled out the family’s submission for the jury to return a verdict of unlawful killing, which has outraged the Rigg family, who have been seeking justice for the killing of brother Sean for four years.
In a heated court room debate barristers for the Rigg family were forced to withdraw their submission for an ‘unlawful killing’ on legal point. This decision has horrified the Rigg family, and their many supporters, who have listened to the evidence, put forward over the last six weeks at Southwark Coroners Court.
Yesterday the coroner agreed to reconsider his decision to rule out the option for the jury to consider a verdict of neglect, after lawyers for the family challenged this decision as an error in his interpretation of the law.
The seven-week inquest has highlighted a catalogue of textbook failings by the statutory services in the chain of events leading up to the musician and songwriter’s death.
The family are outraged at the coroner’s decision to rule out a verdict of unlawful killing, and are now hoping for a verdict of neglect.
The jury will be directed by the coroner tomorrow is expected to return a verdict on Monday or Tuesday.
Over the last few years, the Rigg family have gone through hell and need all the support they can get tomorrow.
PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY IN COURT
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Southwark Coroners Court
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London SE1 1YD
Nearest tube stations: Borough / London Bridge
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