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Poppi Worthington inquest delayed over possible arrest

Poppi Worthington who died aged 13 months Credit: ITV Granada

A new inquest into the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington has been postponed as the Crown Prosecution Service conducts another review of the case.

A three-week hearing was scheduled to take place next month after High Court judges ruled the first inquest in October 2014 was "irregular" after it lasted just seven minutes and called no evidence.

However the hearing in Kendal, had been suspended until the 30th November while the CPS again looks at the circumstances of the toddler's death at her home in Barrow-in-Furness in December 2012.

A judge in the family courts in January ruled that Poppi's father, Paul Worthington, 48, probably sexually assaulted Poppi before her sudden death. Mr Worthington denies any wrongdoing.

Mr Worthington was originally arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in August 2013 but no action was taken against him.

The CPS reviewed that decision in the wake of the family court judgment but in July it concluded there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

On 19 September the CPS Appeals and Review Unit received a request under the Victims’ Right to Review Scheme in relation to the death of Poppi Worthington. The case material will be considered and the review will be completed as soon as possible.

– CPS spokesperson
Poppi Worthington Credit: ITV Granada

David Roberts, HM senior coroner for Cumbria, announced the suspension of the scheduled inquest on October 10.

He said he was advised on September 20 that the CPS was to carry out a fresh review of the evidence, and a day later was asked to stop his own investigation.

He said such a suspension was mandatory when a prosecuting authority requests it "on the ground that a person may be charged with a homicide offence involving the death of the deceased...".

Adjourning the hearing to a date to be fixed, Mr Roberts said his inquiries would be suspended until November 30 "having been advised that the review should be completed in about 56 days".


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Ian Fenn is Headteacher at Burnage Academy for boys in Manchester.


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