Darren Snow, instructed by Keith Shepperd, of Thompsons Solicitors represented health care assist JOC at this inquest before Mr Andrew Walker, Senior Coroner for North London at Barnet Coroners Court earlier this month. The Deceased was a mental health patient held under the Mental Health Act on a secure ward at Chase Farm Hospital. He was found to have consumed “Spice” and was found on the floor of his bedroom at just after 5am on the 1st December 2017. Medical evidence was unclear on time of death but it was possible he could have collapsed several hours before he was discovered. Evidence from the Trust was that “Spice” was a major problem on the ward and difficult to control even on secure wards. The evidence was such that admissions were made that staff had not been conducting hourly observations and that the observation records had been falsified. The jury found that consumption of spice had caused a cardiorespiratory arrest but the failures of care were a contributory factor and amounted to Neglect.
Darren is a member of our inquests, crime and professional discipline teams. He is a member of the charity Inquest and a trainer on inquest practice.
Charter Chambers continues to develop as a specialist set in inquest work. Much of our work is representing interested parties, particularly in the healthcare sector but we also act for the families of the deceased and members of chambers have particular experience dealing with deaths in prisons, secure mental health units and hospitals. Several members have also acted for families in respect of deaths in police custody and as a result of police car chases. For any further information contact James Hall our senior clerk.