Michael Wolkind QC and Craig Rush represented the family of Mark Blanco at the inquest into his death, held at Poplar Coroner’s Court. Mark fell from a balcony outside a flat where he had been at a party with the singer Pete Doherty and others. The police advanced the theory that he either committed suicide or tried to leap to a lamppost on the street. The family wholly rejected those possibilities but in advance of the hearing the police and Coroner refused their requests to reconsider the involvement of 3rd parties. After cross-examination by Mr Wolkind and Mr Rush of the witnesses at the party, the Coroner returned an open verdict and specifically rejected both suicide and the idea that he had jumped deliberately. The Coroner made an order that the investigation be re-opened with different police officers in charge.
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