Deepcut Inquest Reaches Conclusion
On 3 June 2016, the Conclusion was delivered in the inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks, Surrey. Ms James was a trainee in the Royal Logistics Corps, who was killed by a fatal gunshot wound to her head whilst she was on guard duty at the barracks in November 1995.
The Coroner recorded a verdict of suicide, with a narrative finding that Ms James had been posted as a lone female guard contrary to army policy. The Coroner further made a number of significant criticisms of the regime at Deepcut at the time.
The Article 2 inquest was the second into Ms James’ death, the first having been overturned following a fiat of the Attorney General. Katherine Hardcastle appeared on behalf of Ms James’ family as a led junior. She was instructed by Liberty, the human rights organisation.
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