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Senior Coroner rules that Article 2 ECHR investigative duty applies to the death of 14 year-old CJ Davis

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Last week the Senior Coroner for East London ruled that Article 2 ECHR is engaged by the death of CJ Davis. CJ was just 14 when he was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Newham in 2017. In the months prior to his killing, evidence indicates that CJ, a vulnerable child, was criminally exploited, exposed to county lines drugs gangs, and placed at serious risk of harm and death. A Serious Case Review by the Newham Safeguarding Children Partnership identified a series of missed opportunities to intervene and take effective action to protect CJ. To date, no one has been prosecuted for his murder.

At a pre-inquest review hearing last week, CJ’s mother argued that the apparent failings by the local authority and the police to protect CJ from gang-related criminal exploitation arguably breached his right to life. She called for an inquest that would examine the State’s role in the circumstances of CJ’s death, including to learn lessons and prevent future deaths. The Senior Coroner for East London ruled that the right to life was engaged; there had been an arguable failure to protect CJ prior to his death. The case will now proceed to a full inquest hearing to examine those arguable State failures.

Jesse Nicholls acts for CJ’s mother, Keisha McLeod, instructed by Yvonne Kestler at Leigh Day.

Leigh Day have published a news item on this matter.

CJ’s case has been reported on here: