Jason Beer QC appears for Cheshire Constabulary in inquest concerning death caused by cocaine-induced excited delirium

On 26 October 2012 a jury at Warrington Coroner’s Court returned its verdict in relation to a 25 year old man, Jacob Michael, who died on 22 August 2011 in the custody of officers of Cheshire Constabulary.

The Court rejected suggestions that Mr Michael had been unlawfully killed by police officers, that neglect by police officers had caused or contributed to his death, or that the actions or omissions of police officers had probably contributed to his death.

Following the 4-week Inquest, the Jury decided that Mr Michael died as a result of cocaine-induced excited delirium and returned a verdict of misadventure.

Jason Beer QC frequently represents interested parties in Inquests and Core Participant, and is the author of Public Inquiries ( Oxford University Press, July 2011).