Coroner concludes unlawful killing in the inquest into the death of a 14- year old boy on a school skiing trip

09 November 2017

Rachael Earle of 3 Hare Court was instructed to represent the family in the inquest into the death of a 14-year old boy on a school skiing trip.

Kieran Brookes died as a result of his backpack becoming entangled on a chairlift as he attempted to disembark. The Coroner accepted the submissions made on behalf of the family and found that it was appropriate to give a narrative conclusion. He found that “ Kieran Brookes died as a result of unlawful killing because appropriate mechanisms were not in place to halt the ski lift in time and because there were inadequate and inconsistent warning signs about the dangers of wearing backpacks on chair lifts.”

The Coroner was also persuaded that he did have a duty to compile a Regulation 28 Report to prevent future deaths.

Further coverage of the inquest can be found via The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail. 

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