Day 8 Jessie’s Inquest: Coroner’s Expert Dr Elizabeth Beber

The final witness on Day 8 was the coroner’s expert, Dr Elizabeth Beber, who attended the court remotely. She gave an affirmation and confirmed she could hear. This post discusses Jessie’s death and has a little more detail than I would normally report about self-harming, I’ve withheld lots of detail, but had to include some […]

Day 8 Jessie’s Inquest: Sussex ICB

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Day 7 Jessie’s Inquest

The day started with the coroner apologising for keeping the jury waiting. She said that they would deal with the police evidence now, which would be read to them. She also told the jury that Interested Persons had agreed that it was not necessary to read out the GP’s Summary as they’ve heard from various […]

Day 6 Jessie’s Inquest: Dr Makin and Jack Pumphrey

In the afternoon of Day 6 the court heard from two witnesses, both in person. The first witness, Dr Makin was very softly spoken and became upset on an occasion (which often leads to witnesses dropping their voices even further). As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t tend to add trigger warnings to my posts, because […]

Day 6 Jessie’s Inquest: Ruth Nathan, Lead Practitioner

The final witness before lunch on Day 6 was Ruth Nathan. Asked to give her full name and professional status, she did so and told the court that she’s a senior social worker. Coroner: OK, you indicated that you’re a Senior Social Worker, how long have you been in that role? RN: Just a couple […]

Day 6 Jessie’s Inquest: Simon Hellyer

On the morning of Day 6 the coroner asked her Coroner’s Officer to read the statement of Simon Hellyer onto the record. I was not able to catch all of it, but report what I did catch below. This is as good a time as any to remind people that I am contemporaneously reporting Jessie’s […]

Day 6 Jessie’s Inquest: Dr Judy Eaton

The first witness on Day 6 of Jessie’s inquest was Dr Judy Eaton. She gave an affirmation and her full name to the court. Dr Eaton told the court that she is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered with the British Psychological Society.   Asked by the […]

Day 5 Jessie’s Inquest: Jason Brown, IMC Locums

The final witness to give evidence on Day 5 of Jessie’s was Jason Brown from IMC Locums. The coroner asked him to come forward, he gave an affirmation and told the court that he is Associate Director of IMC Locums, a healthcare recruitment agency. Coroner: Thank you. I’ll start by asking you to tell the […]

Day 4 and 5 Jessie’s inquest: Healthcare Assistants and Nursing Staff, Caburn Ward

The court heard evidence from two nurses and eight healthcare assistants that were working at Caburn Ward, Mill View Hospital during Jessie’s admission. I have tried to report Jessie’s inquest in line with the Samaritans media guidance on inquest reporting. The post mortem evidence shared on Day 1 found that Jessie died as a result […]

Day 4 Jessie Inquest: Mr Seares and Jack Pumphrey

At the start of Day 4 the coroner explained to the jury that they would be hearing from staff at Mill View Hospital today, but before then she would ask Jessie’s father, Andy Seares, to come forward to clarify some things for them. Andy Seares / Disclosure and Barring Service Before giving further evidence the […]