John Goss and Robert Cohen appear in jury inquest into a death in custody.

6 April 2022

The inquest into the death of Louise Brown at HMP Peterborough in 2016 concluded on 31 March 2022. John Goss represented the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, whose officers had arrested Ms Brown and held her in custody prior to handing her over to a prisoner escort service for transport to court. Robert Cohen represented Sodexho Justice Services, the company responsible for HMP Peterborough, where Ms Brown was sent from court and where she died later that evening.

The jury at the nine-day Article 2 inquest returned a narrative conclusion of ‘sudden and unforeseeable death due to complications arising from chronic alcohol and drug substance misuse and withdrawal’. They did not find any causal or contributory failings on the part of either the police or the prison. The Coroner did not make a report to prevent future deaths.

Both John and Robert have extensive inquest experience, particularly relating to deaths in custody.


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Robert Cohen

Call 2009

John Goss

Call 2015

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