Ian Smith, coroner for the south and east district, did not refer to the events leading up to Poppi’s death and said the cause could not be ascertained.
He said he was ‘satisfied’ that the findings of a private family court hearing were sufficient.
But others were not so satisfied.
And so they did the job we would expect of them (yet see very little these days):
Lawyers representing several newspaper groups – Times Newspapers Ltd, Guardian News & Media and Associated Newspapers Limited – wrote to Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Cumbria, David Roberts, to argue the inquest was insufficient and therefore unlawful.
And so a new inquest has been considered. And some of the secrecy removed:
High Court judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson, who has dealt with family proceedings connected to the case, varied a reporting restriction order following legal submissions made on behalf of numerous media companies.
Good. Justice, if it is to be done at all, needs to be done in the light.