The Attorney General has given consent for the family of Private Sean Benton – who died at Deepcut barracks 21 years ago – to apply to the High Court for a fresh inquest into the circumstances around his death.
Liberty, acting on behalf of Pte Benton’s twin brother Tony Benton and sister Tracy Lewis, lodged a formal application with the Attorney General on 8 July 2015 requesting that the original inquest of July 1995 be quashed and a fresh one ordered.
Sean was the first of four young recruits to die of gunshot wounds at Deepcut between 1995 and 2002. The Attorney General’s decision comes shortly after the inquest into death of Pte Cheryl James who was found dead at the Surrey barracks in November 1995.
As in that case, the application for this inquest was made possible only after Sean’s mother, the late Linda Benton, used the Human Rights Act to persuade Surrey Police to disclose vital evidence about her son’s death.