Leila Benyounes appeared on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in an Article 2 jury inquest held in Durham.
The inquest took place over 5 days at Redhills from 9th to 13th August 2021 and touched on the death of a serving prisoner at HMP Durham, Trevor Green, who died as a result of self-inflicted injuries on 21st July 2020. The inquest examined the assessment and management of risk of self-harm and suicide for new arrivals during the reception and induction process at the prison. The jury returned a narrative conclusion on 13th August 2021 with no criticism of the actions of discipline staff at the prison. Assistant Coroner for County Durham and Darlington, Oliver Longstaff, held that a Regulation 28 Prevention of Future Deaths report was not necessary commending the significant changes implemented by HMP Durham.
Leila is Head of the Inquests Team at Parklane Plowden Chambers and is ranked as Band 1 by Legal 500 for Inquests and Inquiries. Leila has been appointed to the Attorney General’s Treasury Counsel Panel A since 2010 and was re-appointed for a further 5 year term in 2021. Leila is appointed as Assistant Coroner for Gateshead and South Tyneside and regularly represents interested persons in a wide range of inquests. Her full profile can be accessed here.