Carmel Bloom inquest recommended to be heard without jury

Carmel Bloom died in 2002

Carmel Bloom died in 2002

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Epping Forest

A brother’s feels his 12-year battle to get the truth about his sister’s death has been dealt a blow after a court recommended the latest inquest be heard without a jury.

Ms Bloom died at a BUPA hospital in Roding Lane South, Clayhall, now known as Spire Roding Hospital, in 2002, aged 54, while she was being treated for a kidney stone.

There have been two inquests into her death the verdicts of which have since been quashed.

Coroner Andrew Walker’s 2003 verdict of cause of death being septicaemia was overturned in 2005.

Alison Thompson’s narrative verdict of "a progression of pre-operative infection following surgery, to which the absence of post-operative intubation, monitoring and ventilation contributed," was quashed on Friday.

A third investigation into the death was granted on Friday however Mr Justice Mitting sitting with chief coroner Judge Peter Thornton QC recommended it be held without a jury due to the complex medical nature of the evidence despite a jury hearing the previous inquests.

Ms Bloom’s brother, Bernard Bloom of High Road, Chigwell, cited the fact Judge Thornton appoints coroners as a possible conflict of interests and as a reason a jury should hear the inquest evidence.

Mr Bloom, said: “A jury is a safeguard against state influence in cases like this where government agencies have failed to address issues.

“A number of coroner have now sat on this case and both inquest verdicts have been quashed, it’s unthinkable it won’t be heard by a jury.

 “I need a jury now more than I have ever needed one: If ever there was a case that required a jury it is this case.”

He added: “Not only do judges need to be impartial they need to be seen to be impartial.”

Mr Bloom went on to cite former Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC’s recommendation of jury trials.

Speaking in December Mr Grieve said jury trials are “an essential element of the justice system” and “trial by jury provides a vital safeguard in a free society.”

The decision as to whether a jury will hear the evidence will be taken at a later date.

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