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Five-year-old’s playground death: Inquest set to open

Date: Tuesday 8 May, 2018
Time: 10am
Location: St Pancras Coroner’s Court, Camley St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4PP

A jury inquest into the death of a five-year-old girl, who died after being struck on the head by play equipment at a council-run Tower Hamlets park, will open next week.

Alexia Walenkaki died on 17 July 2015, after being hit by a wooden piece of children’s play equipment at Mile End Park.

Questions have arisen as to whether the equipment was faulty, and/or whether the Council’s systems of inspection and maintenance of the equipment were faulty.

The interested persons at the inquest are the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Grant Lambie (installer of the equipment) and Vida Kwotuah, Alexia’s mother, who is represented by solicitor Peter Todd of London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen.

The jury inquest will be heard by the Senior Coroner for Inner North London, Mary Hassell and is expected to last for up to nine days.


For further information, please contact:
Kerry Jack at Black Letter Communications on 020 3567 1208 or at

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