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

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.




Inquests to be opened week commencing 18 June 2018

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




Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



Monday 18 June 2018

 Ian Michael Peterson 16.05.2018   Christchurch  Christchurch 1:30pm  82  Rachael Griffin 
  Roderick John Gray 03.05.2018 Dorchester Dorchester 1:30pm 61 Rachael Griffin
  Kyle Tristan Negros 04.05.2018 Bournemouth London 1:30pm 20 Rachael Griffin
Tuesday 19 June 2018

 Kelly Delorese Bowkett

11.05.2018   Bournemouth  Bournemouth 1:30pm   32 Brendan Allen

Ernest James Mason

06.06.2018 Poole Christchurch 1:30pm 79 Brendan Allen

Gerald Edward David Philpotts

25.10.2017 Poole Christchurch 1:30pm 71 Brendan Allen

Paul Trickey

01.06.2018 Winterborne Whitechurch Blandford Forum 1:30pm 54 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 20 June 2018

Kyle Nel 

 08.06.2018 Shaftesbury  Shaftesbury   1:30pm 32   Rachael Griffin
Thursday 21 June 2018 Roy Walker   18.05.2018  Broadstone  Broadstone  1:30pm  67  Brendan Allen
   John Mark Lillywhite 09.06.2018 Weymouth Weymouth 1:30pm 52 Brendan Allen
  John Owen Adam 08.06.2018 Southampton Poole 1:30pm 79 Brendan Allen

Friday 22 June 2018

 Edmund White  09.06.2018 Poole  New Milton  1:30pm   97  Brendan Allen
  Janet Elizabeth Bossom 26.05.2018 Poole Poole 1:30pm 69 Brendan Allen


Inquests to be held week commencing 11 June 2018

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





Date of Death


Place of Death


Place of Residence


Time of Hearing






Monday 18 June 2018 

Andrew McGinley

31.07.2017 St Ives St Ives 10:00am 72 Brendan Allen

Harold Leslie Cook

27.12.2017 Winterbourne Abbas Wimborne 11:00am - PIR 95 Rachael Griffin

David Noel Thomas

19.01.2018 Swanage Swanage 2:00pm 81 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 19 June 2018  Eileen Joyce Martin 07.03.2018 Dorchester Weymouth 10:00am 91 Rachael Griffin
  David Thomas Gabriel Burton 16.10.2017 Bournemouth Christchurch 11:30am 72 Rachael Griffin
  Tomasz Grzegorz Dudak 23.03.2017 Southampton Portland 2:00pm - PIR 33 Brendan Allen
  Valerie Evelyn Burns 19.10.2017 Bournemouth Bournemouth 2:00pm 71 Brendan Allen
Wednesday 20 June 2018 Nicholas Peter Dell 25.01.2018 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10:00am 44 Brendan Allen
  John Vincent Fisher Hammick 18.10.2017 Poole Poole 10:00am 78 Rachael Griffin
  Zaloa Renteria Ruiz 23.10.2017 Poole Poole 11:30am 37 Rachael Griffin
  Paul Martin Timmis 22.01.2018 Poole Poole 11:30am 54 Brendan Allen
  Charles Nicholas Craddock 05.02.2018 Bournemouth Bournemouth 2:00pm 53 Brendan Allen
  Stephen Richard Rice 02.12.2017 Poole Poole 2:00pm 68 Rachael Griffin
Thursday 21 June 2018  Gary Stephen Shrimpton 13.10.2017  White Post   Southampton 10:00am   55  Rachael Griffin
  Sharon Louise Hart 25.07.2017 Poole Bournemouth 10:00am 46 Brendan Allen
  Brian Michael Polden 18.10.2017 Bournemouth Bournemouth 11:30am 74 Rchael Griffin
  Berta Hills 22.08.2017 Poole Christchurch 11:30am 91 Brendan Allen
  David Leslie Griffin 03.12.2017 Bournemouth Bournemouth 2:00pm - PIR 70 Brendan Allen
 Friday 22 June 2018  John Edward Hill 26.05.2017 Ferndown Ferndown 10:00am 77 Rachael Griffin
  Gladys Brenda Burt 23.12.2017 Wimborne Wimborne 2:30pm - PIR 90 Rachael Griffin



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.