Release date: 29 January 2020
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.