Poppi Dad's Coroner Challenge Rejected

11 December 2018, 10:40

13 month old Poppi

A judge has ruled against the father of Poppi Worthington, who complained about an inquest that ruled his daughter suffocated in his bed after being sexually abused in Barrow.

Paul Worthington wanted to get the details removed and the official record of Poppi's death changed.

His lawyers claimed a coroner "overstepped the mark" - a High Court judge has disagreed.

Mrs Justice Farbey, sitting at the High Court in Manchester, ruled the coroner's approach "cannot be faulted" and, in a 17-page legal judgement, ordered Mr Worthington, who is on legal aid, should pay the court costs, subject to his ability to pay.

Fiona McGhie, a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Poppi’s mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said on her behalf: “The years since Poppi died have been a complete nightmare for her. Not knowing what happened to Poppi on that day, and knowing that there were evidence gathering failures by the police in the very early stages of the investigation has made things even worse. 

"Although the latest inquest brought her closer to the devastating truth, it is likely that she may never get full closure on exactly what happened that night.

“She was left disappointed that Poppi’s father chose to rely on his right not to answer many questions which may have incriminated him at the Inquest and while she understands he was entitled to do this, she considers that the coroner’s inquiry was frustrated by this. 

"She was very disappointed that he tried to challenge the coroner rather than accepting his findings but is relieved at today’s decision.”