South West Wales

Swansea coroner Philip Rogers's inquest delay reprimand

The coroner for Swansea and Neath and Port Talbot has received an official reprimand for a six-year delay in holding an inquest.

Philip Rogers' conduct was found to be unacceptable, according to the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC).

A newspaper has reported that it involved Margaret Jean Landers, 69, who died at Singleton Hospital in 2004, but whose inquest was not held until 2010.

Mr Rogers's office said he was unavailable to comment.

The OJC handles complaints regarding the conduct of judicial office holders including judges, magistrates, tribunal panel members and coroners.

In its statement it said: "Mr Rogers was found to have unreasonably delayed the inquest and poorly managed contact with the family of the deceased during the course of the inquest process.

"The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice found Mr Rogers's conduct in this respect to be unacceptable and have issued him with a formal reprimand."

The South Wales Evening Post said Mrs Landers died on 1 May 2004, and her son Peter complained because the inquest was not held until November 2010.

He told the newspaper: "After my mother's death I sent scores of e-mails, made dozens of phone calls and sent numerous letters.

"I drove from my home in Solihull to Mr Rogers' office and handed in a handwritten plea for his office to contact me. All to no avail."

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