Third pre-inquest review meeting yesterday. Pretty buoyed by the wondrousness of the Sparrowhawk Art/LiveatLICA event on Monday – captured in its deliciousness in a Guardian online gallery – we headed to County Hall. To be confronted by this screen in the foyer. The colourful and textured fabric of LB’s life reduced to an outdated, clunky and unnecessary statement. ‘The Late’… [Howl].
It really is a number sitting on a bench in a county courtroom. Listening while details relating to your child’s death are thrashed out in front of a Coroner. Sloven and their legal team sitting to the right. Family and journalists sitting behind. Given it’s supposed to be an inquisitorial process, Sloven attendees had a couple of chewy exchanges with their legal team. But we all know it ain’t really inquisitorial. That’s just fakery. A pretence signed up to by many.
The twists and turns of these pre-inquest meetings have been pretty extraordinary. Sloven have (so far) argued drowning is a natural cause of death, argued against a jury, argued that the reviews into LB’s death meant an Article 2 inquest wasn’t necessary and then, once the Coroner ruled that it would be an Article 2 inquest, tried to get the inquest moved to the High Court because the reviews made it very complex. They now seem to be circling in a new direction. One with a hint of clinician.
Like a kind of Cluedo on speed; there was no wrong doing… no body… no weapon…it was the dog… the cat … Miss Scarlett… Thunderbirds, the scullery, care plan and the candlestick.
We’ve just steered a straight path really. But then this isn’t a game to us.