5 Essex Court

John-Paul Waite

Call 1995


John-Paul represents public bodies in Coroners’ Inquests, with a particular expertise in death in custody cases.  Cases in the previous 12 months include the following (with relevant links to the relevant media publicity in each case):

Recent instruction include:

Instructed by the Ministry of Justice in forthcoming high-profile inquest relating to the death of an inmate in Chelmsford Prison.      

Inquest touching upon the death of Oscar Okwurime:

Acted for the Home Office in relation to death of a detainee in an Immigration Removal Centre.   The Coroner declined to issue a PFD report in the light of the improvements outlined by the Home Office in custody.    

Nigerian man who died in detention centre ‘had been unwell for weeks but not seen by a doctor’ | The Independent | The Independent

Inquest touching upon the death of John Coysh: 

Acting for Devon and Cornwall Police in relation to a death in police custody.  The IOPC had made a number of criticisms, but none of the acts or omissions were found by the jury to have caused or contributed to death and no PFD report was issued.  

Failings and errors led to custody death of 35-year-old Devon man John Coysh - Devon Live

•    Inquest touching upon the death of Joshua Sanna – 

Acting for West Midlands Police in relation to a death which occurred after a police chase.  The police were found not to have contributed to the death and no PFD report was issued. 

Police-chase cops cleared of any wrongdoing over death of teenager in A50 smash - Stoke-on-Trent Live