Bournemouth Coroner's Service

A coroner is an independent judicial officer, they are assisted by coroner’s officers and secretarial staff.

The coroner investigates and records the causes and circumstances of all deaths where the cause is unknown, or that was violent or unnatural, or occurred whilst the deceased was in lawful custody.

This information is only about our local coroner, you can find out more about the role of a coroner.

If you are concerned about a death you are entitled to raise these concerns with the Coroner. You can contact the Coroner's Officers at:

Coroner's Office for the County of Dorset
Town Hall
Bournemouth
BH2 6DY

Tel: 01202 454910
Fax 01202 454977

The Coroner's team

The Senior Coroner for Dorset is Mrs Rachael Griffin. The Assistant Coroners are Mr Brendan Allen, Mr Richard Middleton and Mr Stephen Nicholls. You can contact them at the Coroner's Court office.

The Senior Coroner for Dorset covers deaths that occur in the administrative county of Dorset or where the body of a deceased person is found in Dorset, even if they died elsewhere.

The Assistant Coroners act when the Senior Coroner is not available. They have the full powers of the Senior Coroner.

Find out about inquest hearings

You can find all publicly available information here, please don't contact the Coroner's Court office, staff or police press office as they cannot give you any further information.

PLEASE NOTE WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2018 ALL INQUEST OPENINGS WILL NOW START AT 1:30PM. 

 

Inquests to be opened week commencing 24 September 2018

Location : Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY

 

Date    

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

 Age

Coroner

 Monday 24 September 2018

 Richard Stanley Lee Hallett

16.09.2018   Southampton Dorchester   1:30pm  25  Brendan Allen
 

Jennifer Joy Auld

08.09.2018 Poole Swanage 1:30pm 68 Brendan Allen
 

Martin Trevor Balson

25.08.2018 Budapest Bournemouth 1:30pm 40 Brendan Allen

 Tuesday 25 September 2018

 Connor Reece Meldrum

 09.07.2018 Highcliffe  New Milton  1:30pm   20 Brendan Allen 

Wednesday 26 September 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 27 September 2018

 

           

Friday 28 September  2018

 

           

 

Inquests to be held week commencing 24 September 2018

Location : Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth,BH2 6DY

 

Date

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death

Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

Age

Coroner

Monday 24 September 2018 

David William Medford Barnikel

29.03.2018

Dorchester Bridport 10:00am 84 Brendan Allen
 

Michal Jerzy Zawadowski

13.04.2018

Bournemouth Poland 11:30am 64 Brendan Allen

 Tuesday 25 September 2018

Emily Britannia Turner

18.04.2018 Poole Poole 10:00am 80 Brendan Allen
 

Sidney John Williams

02.01.2018 Bournemouth Christchurch 11:30am 88 Brendan Allen
 

Peggy Eva Mitchell

26.04.2018 Poole Poole 2:00pm 95 Brendan Allen

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Adrian Mark Hamilton

28.12.2017 Dorchester Dorchester 10:00am 34 Brendan Allen
 

Edward Graham Churchill

06.04.2018 Poole Poole 11:30am 87 Brendan Allen

 Thursday 27 September 2018

John Michael Asprey

06.04.2018 Sherborne Yetminster 10:00am 79 Brendan Allen
 

Colin Peter Thompson

06.04.2018 Wareham Wareham 11:30am 68 Brendan Allen

Friday 28 September 2018

 Desmond William Gibbs

15.02.2018

 Bournemouth

 Bournemouth

10:00am 

 89

 Brendan Allen

 

Sidney Thomas Johnson

26.03.2018

Poole

Poole

11:30am

96

Brendan Allen

 

Derek Pounds

12.04.2018

Poole

Poole

2:00pm - PIR

86

Brendan Allen


Past Cases

If you are researching past cases you have to apply to the coroner in writing first before you can be given the information you're requesting.

Requests for more information 

For more detailed information and/or copies of documents, you need to explain your relationship to the deceased and why you want the information.

Feedback and complaints

Complaints about a coroner's decision or the outcome of an Inquest can only be dealt with through proceedings in the High Court. The coroner's office can explain the procedure, but can't give legal advice.

All complaints about the administration of the Dorset Coroner Service, or the conduct of individual coroners or their officers should first be raised by writing to the senior coroner.

The coroner cannot normally discuss cases which she is or has been involved with, but comments and suggestions on improving the coroner service are always welcome.