Pre-inquest hearing to be held for those killed in Westminster Bridge terror attack

Pre-inquest hearing to be held for those killed in Westminster Bridge terror attack

Five people died in the attack last year

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Chief Coroner of England and Wales is to hold a pre-inquest hearing for those who died in the Westminster Bridge terror attack.

American tourist Kurt Cochran, retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, PC Keith Palmer and Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea died as a result of Khalid Masood's rampage on March 22 last year.

Masood was shot dead by police after he drove a rental car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing Palmer in the Palace of Westminster's forecourt.

Today (January 15) coroner Mark Lucraft QC will conduct a day-long pre-inquest hearing at the Old Bailey, where he also sits as a judge.

At an earlier pre-inquest hearing in May last year, decisions had yet to be made on the number of inquests and whether they will all involve a jury.

The Government had called for a High Court judge to oversee the hearings as James Eadie QC said it was the best way of achieving an ''efficient, effective and speedy inquest."

This was on the basis that there may be sensitive national security material relating to the incident which could only be viewed and assessed by a designated judge.

He made his submissions at a hearing of Westminster Coroner's Court, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.