No5's Henry Pitchers QC and Philip Rule appear at Fishmongers' Hall pre-inquest hearing

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

Henry Pitchers QC, Philip Rule and Ramya Nagesh act on behalf of the family of Saskia Jones, one of the two victims of this terrorist atrocity. They are instructed by Jenny Bates of Plexus Law.

On Friday 16 October the Chief Coroner held a hearing to review preparations and address certain arguments prior to the commencement of the inquest, now scheduled to commence on 12 April 2021.

Henry Pitchers QC made oral submissions at the hearing concerning the apparent failures of state bodies in the supervision and management of Khan, who was a convicted terrorist on licence at the time of his attack. It is contended that this is a clear case for the engagement of the state's duty to investigate the death pursuant to Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950, to ascertain what may have gone wrong in the system or operation of preventative measures including those surrounding Khan's licence and MAPPA supervision.

BBC and other news reports carry news of the submissions made by Henry Pitchers QC to the Chief Coroner:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-54573750

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/london-bridge-terror-attack-fishmongers-hall-usman-khan-inquest-old-bailey-a4571939.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/oct/16/london-bridge-killers-prevent-officers-had-no-specific-training

https://news.sky.com/story/fishmongers-hall-attack-monitors-of-killer-usman-khan-had-no-training-on-handling-terrorists-court-told-12105798

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8847823/Prevent-staff-monitoring-Fishmongers-Hall-double-murderer-Usman-Khan-no-training-court-hears.html

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/16/prevent-team-monitoring-fishmongers-hall-attacker-had-not-trained/

 

The Chief Coroner has previously agreed with the submissions made by the No5 team and has extended the scope of the inquests so that they include the inquiry into the systems in place for the management of Khan and terrorist offenders, see

https://www.no5.com/media/news/fishmongers-hall-and-london-bridge-inquests-no5-barristers-secure-scope-determination/

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