Gaia’s Inquest

Update: during the inquest we do not have time to update the website. For the latest news please follow Justice for Gaia on facebook, twitter or instagram.

Thank you.

Four years of waiting. Three closed-door reports, two from the Independent Office for Police Conduct and one from Dorset Healthcare Trust. And now, at last, time’s up. 🌈

The inquest into Gaia’s death begins on 26 April at Bournemouth Town Hall and will be open to the press and members of the public. Come along to hear for yourself and in support of Gaia’s family. 💞

📍 Where: Town Hall Annexe, St Stephen’s Road, Bournemouth BH2 6EA.

📆 When: We expect court to be in session every day from 10am Monday-Thursday, 26 April until 8 July inclusive.

This will be a painful and traumatic ordeal for us but with your support we hope the inquest can finally give us some answers about what happened to Gaia and what needs to change to save lives in future. ⚖️

📢 HOW CAN I HELP? 📢

  • Attend the inquest, which is open to the public, to hear the evidence for yourself and support the family
  • Share media coverage and posts on facebook, twitter or instagram to help raise awareness and encourage friends to follow us on social media
  • Take action online here to support the campaign

🕯️ WHAT IS AN INQUEST? 🕯️

An inquest is a formal investigation conducted by a coroner to determine how someone died. Inquests are held only in certain circumstances, such as deaths by unnatural causes or in the care of state agencies. It is an important principle of open justice that inquests are open to the public and to the press.

Inquests do not determine criminal responsibility but they can still be very important when it comes to defending human rights and the public interest. When combined with support from the public and local community, past inquests like those of Stephen Lawrence, Connor Sparrowhawk and Seni Lewis to name just a few, have helped pave the way for lifesaving changes to the law.

🌈 GAIA’S INQUEST 🌈

Gaia’s inquest will be held in front of a jury under Article 2 (Right to Life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. What is known as an Article 2 inquest is only held when the coroner believes there is a case to be made that the state bears some responsibility for the person’s death.

Senior Dorset coroner Rachel Griffin says: “It is arguable that acts or omissions by Dorset Police may have been or were contributory to Gaia’s death. I am satisfied there has been an arguable breach of the obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Not all inquests are held under Article 2 and even those which are often last just a few days. The fact Gaia’s is scheduled to last for 10 weeks reflects the complexity of this case and just how much important evidence has come to light that we can expect to hear about.

🌹 LEARN MORE 🌹

✨ To find out more about Gaia’s story go to justiceforgaia.com/about

✨ For all the latest updates, follow us on twitter @JusticeForGaia

✨ If you are a journalist who is interested in covering the inquest, please contact us at justice4gaia@gmail.com and ask to join our press list. Please respect the family’s privacy by only reaching out through Justice for Gaia.

MEDIA COVERAGE

📰 Gaia Pope: health workers ‘missed opportunity’ before death of Dorset teenager

📰 Gaia Pope: doctor tells inquest of ‘failure of communication’ within NHS

📰 Gaia Pope sexually harassed while on psychiatric ward, inquest jury told

📰 Psychiatrist tells inquest he regrets not giving Gaia Pope mental health referral

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