Jury considers police custody death

A jury has today been sworn in at the long-awaited inquest into the death of a schizophrenia sufferer while he was in police custody.

Police custody death inquest opens

A long-awaited inquest into the death of a schizophrenia sufferer while he was in police custody will begin today.

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Unsolved nightclub murder inquest underway

An inquest into the death of murdered Londoner is taking place this morning.

Jimoh Plunkett died in 2006 after he was shot in the chest in the Zest nightclub in Ipswich.

The murder of the 24-year-old, who lived in New Cross, remains unsolved. Since the killing, 18 people have been arrested. One of the prime suspects died in another shooting in Bermondsey in 2008


Inquest verdict on nightclub shooting

Jimoh Plunkett
Jimoh Plunkett

A coroner has concluded that a man who was gunned down at an Ipswich nightclub was unlawfully killed.

24-year-old Jimoh Plunkett was shot dead outside Zest in December 2006. A post mortem examination showed the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

Coroner Peter Dean gave the verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest in Ipswich this morning.

Giving evidence Detective Inspector Trevor Prior from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team said: "The investigation is still continuing and we are seeking information from members of the public urging them to contact Suffolk Police."

He said, Jimoh Plunkett was not part of the gang culture but on the evening of the 8th December 2006 rival groups were trying to assert their presence at the Zest nightclub in Ipswich.

About 800 people were at the nightclub, the majority of them from London. Witnesses described the atmosphere as hostile and repressive.

Police arrested 18 people as part of the investigation but no one has been charge because of insufficient evidence. They continue to appeal for information.

It's believed that the prime suspect in the case was subsequently killed in a separate shooting.

Southwark Council responds to Lakanal inquest recommendations

Six people died in the fire at Lakanal House in 2009. Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire

Southwark Council has set out its planned responses to the recommendations from a coroner following the inquests into the fatal Lakanal House fire in 2009. The council was given 56 days to respond to the coroner's letter which was sent following the inquest in March.

The council said it had already carried out progress on many of the recommendations including setting up a specialised fire safety team. However, it also said that some of the proposals have legal obstacles and the council is writing to the Government to see if rule changes can be made.

At the moment, the council is not allowed to inspect leaseholder properties without the owner's permission. It also wants to look at the feasibility of installing expensive sprinkler systems.

The council's cabinet will consider whether to approve the report today.


Sean Rigg Inquest - more from our correspondent

Ronke Phillips has been listening to the evidence at Southwark Coroner's Court.


Coroner reading statement from Sean Rigg's GP. Contains long list of detentions under mental health act over 20 years@londontonight


Consultant psychiatrist tells jury when Sean Rigg unwell heis behaviour erratic. He broke into properties, attacked partner@londontonight


Consultant psychiatrist- Sean Rigg recovered quickly and was well in between relapses.@londontonight

Sean Rig Inquest - update

More from our correspondent Ronke Phillips at the Sean Rigg inquest.


Marcia Rigg- police came to her house to break news. Officers said her brother had "collapsed and died" @londontonight


Member of jury now asking witness question. Wants to know if Sean was on any other medication for his mental condition@londontonight


Marcia Rigg- Sean only had injections and was always supervised when these were administered.@londontonight

Sean Rigg inquest - the latest

The latest from our correspondent Ronke Phillips at the Sean Rigg inquest.


Marcia Rigg-lost count of how many times Sean was picked up by police here. Agrees he could be danger to himself and others@londonlovenoire


Marcia Rigg- Brother would often have to be restrained by police. Family had strong links with mental health team@londontonight


Marcia Rigg- Sean called me about a week before he died and seemed well. Found out he'd died in early hours of 22nd Aug@londontonight

Rigg's sister gives evidence

Our correspondent Ronke Phillips is at the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg, who died after being taken into custody at Brixton police station.

His sister Marcia Rigg has been on the witness stand.


Marcia Rigg- tells jury Sean called her from Sweden in confused state+ she had to contact interpol to track him down@londontonight


Marcia Rigg- Brother became unwell and rescued in Paris Switzerland, Thialand, Sweden, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Philipnes@londontonight


Marcia Rigg- In Paris and Thialand Sean ended up in prison but officials recognised he was unwell and repatriated him@londontonight

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