Inquest into the death of Sean Benton

The inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton began on Wednesday 24 January 2018.

Pte Benton died at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey in June 1995. The High Court ruled in October 2016 that the inquest into his death held in July 1995 should be quashed and a fresh inquest ordered.

The new inquest was conducted by His Honour Peter Rook QC and at HM Coroner’s Court, Station Approach, Woking, Surrey GU22 7AP. He returned his conclusions on Wednesday 18 July. A copy of the Record of Inquest can be found here

Last updated: Friday 20 July

The date for the conclusion of the Sean Benton inquest has been postponed from Wednesday 27 June to Wednesday 18 July in Woking.

Witnesses due to give evidence on:

Friday 22 June – starts at 10am

Brigadier (Ret’d) Evans

Mr Cave

Mr Willey

Wednesday 9 MayNB sitting at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) and not Surrey Coroner’s Court

Read evidence and legal submissions

The inquest will not sit on Tuesday 8 May

Friday 4 May

Major Paul Davis

Lt Col Nigel Josling

Brigadier Christopher Coles

Thursday 3 May

Mr Graham Milne

Mr Colin Thompson

Wednesday 2 May

Ms Emma Davies

Mr Daniel Griffiths

Mr Michael Humphreys

Mr Stuart Toye

Tuesday 1 May

Mr David Palmer

Ms Sara Richardson

Wednesday 28 March

Dr Jonathan Leach

Mr Colin Murphy

Tuesday 27 March

Dr John Keeling

Dr Michael Hall

Dr Nat Cary

Professor Tom Fahy

Friday 23 March – NB proceedings start early at 9am

Mr Andrew Gavaghan

Thursday 22 March – NB proceedings start early at 9am

Mr Michael Radford

Ms Terri Lewis

Mr Andrew Gavaghan – Mr Gavaghan will begin his evidence on Thursday if there is time

Wednesday 21 March

Mr Robert Gascoigne

Mr Michael Radford

Tuesday 20 March

Ms Sarah Delap

Mr Andrew Joyner

Mr Phillip Juniper

Ms Teresa Sanderson

Monday 19 March

Mr Keith Cammack

Mr Christopher Dickson

Mr Anthony Fairhurst

Mr Andrew Joyner

Mr Philip Juniper

Mr Stephen Wilson

Friday 9 March

Mr Eric Lurcock (cont.)

Mr Lee Brannan

Mr Kenneth Dickson

Mr Daniel Hull

Mr Asim Sheikh

Ms Rhian Wells

Thursday 8 March

Mr Martin Holder (cont.)

Ms Beverley Garratt

Mr Eric Lurcock

Mr Huw Lillywhite

Wednesday 7 March – NB proceedings start early at 9.15am

Ms Amanda Maxted-Blain

Mr Martin Holder*

*HH Peter Rook QC has made an order under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 postponing any reporting of Mr Holder’s evidence until noon on Friday 9 March or further order.  Further submissions on whether the order should continue or lapse will be heard in court on Friday.

Tuesday 6 March

Ms Sara Richardson (adjourned due to unforeseen personal circumstances)

Mr David Wakelin

Friday 2 March

Ms Terri Embleton

Dr Alexandra McClenahan

Thursday 1 March

Dr Adrian Gillham

Dr Alexandra McClenahan

Wednesday 28 February

Ms Clare Braddock

Mr Craig Dowson

Ms Karen Loftus

Ms Maria Walton

Tuesday 27 February

Ms Tracy Hughes

Mr Robert Gasson

Mr Mark Jackson

Mr Christopher Reid

Thursday 22 February

Mr Peter Crabb

Mr Colin McDowall

Mr Gordon Patterson

Ms Paula Rowan

Mr Stephen Sutton

Wednesday 21 February

Mr Martin Barrow

Mr Alexander Campbell

Ms Gaynor Peploe

Mr Paul Ward

Tuesday 20 February

Ms Terri Lewis – adjourned

Friday 16 February

Mr John Donaldson

Mr John Scott

Mr Kevin Sherwood

Thursday 15 February

Mr Glynn Boswell

Mr Trevor Hunter

Mr Robert Kenderdine

Wednesday 14 February

Ms Emma Owen

Mr Richard Rees

Tuesday 13 February

Ms Clair Hirstwood

Mr David Hirstwood

Mr Colin Pankhurst

Mr David Shortt

Mr Gordon Sowerby

Friday 9 February

Mr Simon Gilmour

Ms Victoria McKinlay

Ms Gina Morgan

Thursday 8 February

Mr Allan Drury

Mr Craig Hill

Mr John Stone

Wednesday 7 February

Mr Brian Holmes

Ms April Sarjeant

Mr Anthony Thompson

Tuesday 6 February

Ms Alexandra Chase

Mr Stephen Green

Ms Claire Hodgson

Ms Susan Monks

Mr Robert Stevens

Friday 2 February

Ms Claire Knowles

Ms Deborah French

Mr Thomas Rowlands

Mr Barry Tarr

Thursday 1 February

Mr Lee Gilsenan

Mr James Goodridge

Mr Raymond Rowlands

Mr Russell Uridge

Ms Rachel White

Wednesday 31 January

Mr Ian Firth

Mr Richard Lamine

Mr Alan Lonie

Ms Rachel Oakes

Mr David Rush

Tuesday 30 January

Mr Ryan Cook

Mr Paul Tucker

Mr Neil Williams

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