Inquest of Ashley Porter - Post Inquest Statement
For media requests relating to the inquest into the death of Ashley Porter, please contact Angela Huck on firstname.lastname@example.org, 07525 128762 or 01228 552222. A statement from Mr Ashley's family and their solicitor can be found here.
HM Coroner Mr David Roberts has returned a narrative conclusion at the inquest into the death of Ashley Porter, a pupil at James Rennie School. Mr Porter died at the Cumberland Infirmary, the day after his 19th birthday, on 10th June 2010.
Speaking after the verdict, his mother Mrs Judith Porter (aged 53) said, “I am grateful to Mr Roberts for his thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ashley’s death. Ashley was a big part of our lives and we are finding it difficult to accept that he is gone. Although he was 19, he was still a child. He had learning difficulties, but that wasn’t taken into account when he was admitted into hospital onto a communal adult male ward without any of his family present. He was frightened and very distressed. My main concern now is that someone takes responsibility for his death and that he will not be forgotten. If only the doctors had listened to us."
The family’s solicitor is Mrs Emma Winkworth from the medical law team of Cumbrian law firm Burnetts. Mrs Winkworth said, "The Coroner found that there were a number of missed opportunities to diagnose Ashley's condition. It has been very difficult for the Porter family to listen to the evidence given at the Inquest over the last couple of days. They will now reflect upon what they have heard at the Inquest and decide on the best way forward in the coming weeks. The Porters' over-riding concern however is that no other family has to go through the devastating trauma that they have suffered.”
Mr Porter’s father Mr Colin Porter (54), speaking on behalf of Ashley’s siblings Kerry (33), Darren (31) and Jamie (25), thanked Emma Winkworth for all her help and said, “We were so proud of Ashley and all that he achieved in his short life. Ashley and his Mam were totally devoted to each and best friends. Our lives have been shattered – it’s hard to cope without him. There's no doubt in my mind that the lack of staff over the Bank Holiday weekend was the main reason for his death."
Ashley's older sister Kerry added, "Ashley was the best brother ever. I was blessed to have him in my life for 19 years."
Dr David Haines of Doughty Street Chambers acted as the family’s Counsel.
The inquest took place from Wednesday 9th July to Friday 11th July inclusive at The Coroner’s Court in Cockermouth.
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Published: Friday 11th July 2014