Henry Hicks inquest: Hearing moved to different court due to anonymity concerns of officers

Henry Hicks died in December 2014

Henry Hicks died in December 2014 - Credit: photo: Arnaud Stephenson

The inquest into the death of Henry Hicks will be moved to the Royal Courts of Justice today for the evidence of the four police officers involved in the 18-year-old’s death.

There had been fears the anonymity of the officers could not be preserved in St Pancras Coroners court, where the inquest has been taking place for the past week, due to its layout. This led to coroner Mary Hassell ruling that the family of the teenager could not be present in the court while they gave their testimonies.

However, following an appeal by the family and negotiations between the two courts, it was decided that the inquest shall be moved to the Royal Courts in the Strand, where the officers will be able to give their testimony from behind a screen.

The hearing will remain in the Royal Courts of Justice for the remainder of the officers evidence, before returning to St Pancras Coroners Court early next week.

Henry was killed when his scooter crashed into other vehicles in Wheelwright Street, near Pentonville Prison, on December 19, 2014. He was being pursued by twoo unmarked police cars at the time.