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Attorney General Moves to Quash Inquest of Nine-Year-Old Girl

11th January 2019

The Attorney General has moved to quash the inquest of a nine-year-old girl whose death may be linked to illegal levels of air pollution. Ella Kissi-Debrah, who lived by the congested South Circular Road in Lewisham, London, died in February 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for asthma attacks. An…

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Vulnerable Prisoner Took Own Life After Prison Failings

18th December 2018

A father-of-four with a history of depression took his own life after a catalogue of prison failings, an inquest heard. Lee Parish, 40, from Bletchley, Bucks, was supposed to be checked by prison staff every hour after he had been identified as being at risk of suicide and self-harm. But on the day of his…

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Supreme Court Considers Noel Conway’s Right to Die

22nd November 2018

The Supreme Court heard how terminally ill man Noel Conway wants to be able to end his own life with dignity. Humanists UK, which is supporting Noel’s legal bid, will apply to intervene in the Noel Conway Supreme Court case, as it did at the High Court and Court of Appeal. Humanists UK campaigns to…

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Prisoner Was Driven to Take His Own Life Because of Indeterminate Sentence

21st November 2018

A prisoner took his own life as he had ‘lost hope’ because he was on an indeterminate sentence, an inquest heard. Tommy Nicol, 37, was given a minimum tariff off four years for robbery but had served six years with no immediate hope of being released. Indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPPs) were abolished by the…

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