Civil Liberties
Inquests & Public Inquiries

Unlawful Killing decision upheld in Humberside Police shooting


Dr Neil Hudgell

Executive Chairman


Leanne Windass

Manager of Group Actions, Inquests and Actions against the Police

1 min read time
23 Jan 2023

Hudgell Solicitors has today received the High Court judgment following a Judicial Review into the outcome of a Jury Inquest, which concluded in October 2021, in relation to the fatal shooting of Hull man Lewis Skelton by a Humberside Police officer in November 2016.

The Inquest Jury unanimously concluded that it was more likely than not that Lewis had been ‘unlawfully killed’.

The Humberside Police officer – only ever named using the cipher ‘B50’ – had challenged the Coroner’s conduct of the hearing, claiming the summing-up of the case was deficient and that there had been insufficient evidence for the Coroner to leave the option of an unlawful killing conclusion to the Jury.

Lord Justice Stuart-Smith and Mr Justice Fordham today issued a judgment which dismissed the challenge on all grounds, upholding the Jury’ s important conclusion reached at the original Inquest.

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