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Mother waits 16 months for inquest date after daughter's Surbiton YMCA death

A grieving mother has been waiting 16 months for an inquest date to find out how her daughter died.

Margaret Winder, 75, says she has been trying to get in touch with West London Coroner’s Court since her 50-year-old daughter Alexis Fallon was found dead at the Victoria Road YMCA, in Surbiton in May 2014. Ms Winder says she has had little contact from staff at the court and claims she has been struggling to speak to anyone about when she can expect to find out more about her daughter’s death.

The great-grandmother said she had tried to phone the court recently to find out more details about when the inquest would take place.

Kingston and Surbiton MP James Berry has now taken up her case. Guidance states that inquests should be held within six months of a death, except in exceptional circumstances. But major inquest backlogs have been reported at the court. Senior coroner Chinyere Inyama is also under investigation after he reportedly left a file on murdered 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross on the train.

Neither Hammersmith and Fulham Council nor Mr Inyama was able to comment.


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