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Jury finds multiple failures in the psychiatric care of 20 year old Adam Withers


A 9 day inquest into the death of Adam Withers has concluded. While compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act at Epsom General Hospital, Adam absconded for a second time from a hospital courtyard before climbing a 130 foot chimney.  The jury entered a narrative verdict, recording that his subsequent fall to his death from the chimney was unintentional, before concluding that two NHS Trusts’ multiple failures in their duties to protect Adam’s life under Article 2 of the ECHR had probably caused or contributed in a more than minimal or trivial way to his death. HM Assistant Coroner for Surrey has declared that she will be compiling a Regulation 28 report.

Christopher Walker was instructed by Carolynn Gallwey of Bhatt Murphy on behalf of the family.

For an artilce published in Inquest click here.

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