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Shoreham Airshow inquest dates confirmed

A date has been set for the full inquest of the Shoreham Airshow crash victims by West Sussex Coroner Penelope Schofield.

The full inquest will take place for up to six weeks and is planned to run from Monday 14 September at the Coroners Court, Centenary House, Crawley.

Before the full inquest, there will be one further pre-inquest review, due to take place on Wednesday 24 June, which will be held to agree the list of required witnesses and finalise any other administrative matters.

The dates were announced at a pre-inquest review on Wednesday 29 January held at the Coroners Court in Crawley.

At this hearing the coroner also ruled that she will not be sitting with a Jury: “I have taken into account all the views of the interested person but it is my view that there is not sufficient reason for departing from the presumption in schedule 1 para 11(3) Coroners in Justice Act 2009 in favour of me sitting alone without a Jury. I do accept that this case raises questions on matter of great public importance.  However, as a Coroner I will be able to make very detailed and reasoned factual findings, which will be announced publicly, it is my position that public interest can be better served by sitting alone.”

The 11 men who died in the air crash were:

Maurice Rex Abrahams, 76 of Brighton

Dylan Archer, 42 of Brighton

Anthony David Brightwell, 53 of Hove

Matthew Grimstone, 23 of Brighton

Matthew Wesley Jones, 24 of Littlehampton

James Graham Mallinson, 72 of Newick

Daniele Gaetano Polito, 23 of Goring by Sea

Mark Alexander Reeves, 53 of Seaford

Jacob Henry Schilt, 23 of Brighton

Richard Jonathan Smith, 26 of Hove

Mark James Trussler, 54 of Worthing.

They were killed when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed during a display at the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday 22 August 2015.

Further information on the full inquest and details will be made available in due course at www.westsussex.gov.uk/shorehamairshowinquest

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