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Justice for Mikey Powell

Issue No. 2160

The High Court has ordered that Northamptonshire police allow Mikey Powell’s family access to 4,000 documents relating to the police investigation into his death.

Mikey Powell died in September 2003 after being knocked over by a police car and restrained by police officers.

Claris Powell, Mikey’s mother, had brought judicial review proceedings against the coroner Aiden Cotter, and the chief constable of Northamptonshire Police.

The coroner had refused to read these documents himself or ask Northants Police to let her lawyers see them, declaring them irrelevant.

Northamptonshire Police refused to allow inspection unless the coroner asked for it.

On 9 June high court judge Mr CMG Ockleton said that it was arguable that the coroner had “no proper basis for his conclusion that none of the material that he has not seen ought to be available at the inquest”.

At a full hearing on 1 July, Northamptonshire Police conceded the claim after hearing the judge’s comments.

Claris Powell’s lawyers are due to start reading the documents next week. An inquest is due to start on 4 November. It had been adjourned from March because of the family’s legal challenge.

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Tue 14 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2160
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