Narrative verdict

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A narrative verdict is a verdict available to coroners in England and Wales following an inquest. In such a verdict the circumstances of a death are recorded[1][2] without attributing the cause to a named individual. Narrative verdicts were introduced in 2004.[3]

Historical examples[edit]

A coroner delivered a narrative verdict into the death of Secret Intelligence Service officer Gareth Williams whose decaying corpse was found padlocked into a red sports bag in the bath at his home in August 2010.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC news article featuring narrative verdict". 18 December 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  2. ^ Health and Safety Executive example chronology
  3. ^ Grice, Elizabeth (1 October 2009). "Mistakes, missed chances and a young life lost". London: Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "MI6 death: Gareth Williams 'probably' killed unlawfully". BBC News. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.