Current inquests

Media and other observers

Inquest hearings are held in public and members of the public, including the media, are welcome to attend Court in person to observe.

The Coroner has a power (but not a duty) to permit members of the public, including the media, to attend a hearing remotely by video or audio link.  Any application to observe a hearing remotely must be made by 10am on the day before the hearing, in writing to Coroner's Officers explaining why permission is sought and providing the name and address of each proposed observer. Applications will be considered in accordance with Chief Coroner's Guidance No. 42 (remote hearings).

It is a summary offence and a contempt of court to record or transmit or attempt to record or transmit any video, image or sound of any Court hearing. That includes transmitting or recording a hearing taking place via video link or taking or allowing anyone else to take any screenshot or video capture of the hearing using any device, including a phone.

Inquest openings

Inquests will be formally opened in the 15 minutes before the listed start time of the first full inquest.  

Inquests to be opened
Date of opening Name Age Date of death   Place of death   Location of opening
08/12/2023 Stephen Cunningham-King 69 27/10/2023 St Leonards on Sea Eastbourne Town Hall
08/12/2023 Mark Silvester 63 27/11/2023 Eastbourne Eastbourne Town Hall
12/12/2023 Dorothy Wilkins 82 28/10/2023 St Leonards on Sea Muriel Matters House
12/12/2023 Terence Sullivan 85 02/12/2023 Bexhill on Sea Muriel Matters House
12/12/2023 Keir Lawson-Ball 24 14/11/2023 St Leonards on Sea Muriel Matters House
12/12/2023 Clive Bolger 69 27/11/2023 Bexhill on Sea Muriel Matters House
12/12/2023 Ian Spall 51 17/11/2023 Newhaven Muriel Matters House

Hastings Coroner’s Court

Muriel Matters House in Hastings:
Date Time Name Age Date of death Place of death Coroner’s officer
08/12/2023 10.00am Anthony Hayes 62 12/09/2021 Eastbourne Maria Fabien
12/12/2023 10.30am Derek Wood 79 26/07/2022 Royal Sussex County Hospital Bob Greenall
12/12/2023 2.00pm Philip Jones 84 28/04/2023 Conquest Hospital Bob Greenall
19/12/2023 10.00am Timothy Lamb 74 11/06/2022 Eastbourne District General Hospital Karen Brown
19/12/2023 2.00pm Timothy Wheeler 39 05/05/2023 Bexhill on Sea David Tye
19/12/2023 3.30pm Richard James 66 10/04/2023 St Leonards on Sea Sophie Legros
09/01/2024 10.00am Nicholas Gibbs 31 29/11/2021 Eastbourne Maria Fabien

Eastbourne Coroner’s Court

Town Hall in Eastbourne:
Date Time Name Age Date of death Place of death Coroner's officer
08/12/2023 2.00pm Patricia Watkins 81 15/12/2022 Eastbourne Bob Greenall
05/01/2024 10.00am Lisa Brackpool (pre-inquest review) 33 19/02/2023 Eastbourne District General Hospital Maria Fabien
05/01/2024 11.00am Robert McNaughton 42 02/05/2023 Eastbourne David Tye
05/01/2024 2.00pm Ronald Pattenden 73 23/06/2023 Hailsham Maria Fabien

Inquests in writing

The following inquests in writing will be heard during the course of the week as listed below:

Inquests in writing
Week commencing Name Age Date of death Place of death
11/12/2023 Peter Webb 72 20/04/2023 Bexhill on Sea
11/12/2023 Paul Banbury 66 25/03/2023 Hastings
18/12/2023 William Simmons 76 10/09/2023 Seaford
East Sussex Coroner

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