Dorset 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, Mr Stephen Nicholls, Mr Grant Davies, Mrs Victoria Cook and Mrs Deborah Rookes. 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 do not 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 20 January 2020

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




Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



Monday 20 January 2020

Gerald Arthur Parsons  24.12.2019   Bournemouth New Milton  1.30pm   84 Brendan J Allen 


Stella Rhoda Stone 28.12.2019 Poole Poole 1.30pm 96 Brendan J Allen


Patricia Olive Watt 30.12.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 1.30pm 97 Brendan J Allen
Tuesday 21 January 2020              
Wednesday 22 January 2020              
Thursday 23 January 2020              
Friday 24 January 2020              
Inquests to be held week commencing 20 January 2020

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




Date of Death

Place of Death

Place of Residence

Time of Hearing



Monday 20 January 2020 Ruth Alison Fowler  12.07.2019  Dorchester  Dorchester  10:00am  67  Rachael Griffin 
  Neil Gordon Blair   04.07.2019 Bournemouth  Bournemouth   12:00pm  85 Rachael Griffin 
  Maurice Honey   06.05.2019 Wimborne  Wimborne  2:00pm  87  Brendan Allen 
Tuesday 21 January 2020  Alexander Brian Christopher James Robinson 18.12.2018 Bournemouth Christchurch 10:00am 36 Rachael Griffin
Wednesday 22 January 2020 

Wu Zhongli

15.03.2019 Poole Birmingham 12:00pm (PIR) 50 Richard Middleton
Thursday 23 January 2020 Temogo Molebedi Ogone Ngwako 23.05.2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10:00am 20 Brendan Allen
Friday 24 January 2020

Umesh Manubhai Patel

30.08.2019 Weymouth Weymouth 10:00am 51 Rachael Griffin

Reggie Peacock

Faith Peacock

01.08.2019 Dorchester Lyme Regis 10:00am 1 day Richard Middleton

Jaroslaw Sajur

23.05.2019 Swanage Bournemouth 11:30am 35 Rachael Griffin

Roy Vest-Askew

10.08.2019 Poole Ringwood 11:30am 91 Brendan Allen

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.