‘Biased’ coroner forced to stand down

The parents of an autistic woman who died after being struck by a lorry have won a legal bid to have the coroner overseeing her inquest replaced. Colette McCulloch’s family accused Ian Pears, the senior coroner overseeing the inquest, of delays and a “dismissive” and “biased” handling of the case. Merry Varney, of Leigh Day, Andrew and Amanda McCulloch’s solicitor, said: “Their allegation was based on the coroner being generally dismissive of the family’s concerns; their correspondence being perceived as a nuisance and the tone of his correspondence being inappropriately combative, adversarial and at times even sardonic.”

The Times, Page: 15

Posted 30/05/2018