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Sean Benton ‘Deepcut’ Inquest – Coroner’s conclusions returned

18th July 2018

HH Peter Rook QC has today handed down his findings of fact and conclusions in respect of the inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton, a trainee soldier, at Deepcut Army Barracks on 9 June 1995.

He has concluded that Sean died as a result of suicide when, he shot himself with a SA80 Rifle causing five wounds to the chest.  HH Peter Rook QC has found that no third party fired any shots during the incident that led to Sean’s death.   The full Record of Inquest can be seen here.

Bridget Dolan QC and Jamie Mathieson have been assisting HH Peter Rook QC as Counsel to the Inquest.   John Beggs QC and Cecily White represented Surrey Police, instructed by Hannah Walsh of Weightmans, and Paul Spencer was instructed by Judith Duffin of Clyde & Co on behalf of the Camp GP.

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