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Christopher Alder inquest

Issue No. 1709

Christopher Alder inquest

By the Justice For Christopher Alder Campaign

POLICE OFFICERS charged in connection with the death of black ex-soldier Christopher Alder are refusing to give full evidence at his inquest. Christopher died on the floor of Hull's Queens Gardens police station in April 1998.

On Monday the inquest jury sat and watched while PC Mathew Barr stonewalled the Alders' lawyer. His reply to questions was a curt "I don't wish to answer." When it looked like Barr might be tempted to give an account of himself he was interrupted by his barrister and reminded that, under law, he didn't have to say anything that might incriminate him.

Barr followed fellow officer PC Neil Blakey into the witness box. He even refused to say whether he had been at school with Christopher's brother Richard, or to explain why he was seen on a police video laughing as Christopher lay dying.

Last week police lawyers got Christopher's sister, Janet, barred from the floor of the inquest. They later had to back down after protests. The inquest has so far lasted six weeks and is set to continue until the end of the month.

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Sat 12 Aug 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1709
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