Adjourned inquest into death of Michael Hoolickin resumes on 9 January

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Garden Court's Anna Morris, instructed by Kelly Darlington of Farleys Solicitors LLP, is representing the family.

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The inquest into the death of Michael Hoolickin will take place at 10am on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at Heywood Coroner’s Court in front of HM Senior Coroner Joanne Kearsley and is expected to last 3 days (9th-11th January 2019).

Michael Hoolickin, a young father aged 27, sadly died on 17th October 2016 after being stabbed outside a pub in Middleton, Manchester whilst trying to prevent an assault on a woman. Timothy Deakin was later convicted of Michael’s murder and sentenced to 27 years in prison. Deakin was on licence at the time of the stabbing and was under the supervision of the National Probation Service.

The Coroner has ruled that the inquest into Michael’s death engages Article 2 ECHR and will therefore examine the full circumstances of his death. Significantly, the inquest is exploring the National Probation Service’s supervision of Deakin and whether he was supervised appropriately.

Evidence is due to be heard during the inquest from a number of senior probation officers and an independent probation expert.

This case has been widely reported in the media, most recently by Manchester Evening News and Rochdale Online.

Anna Morris is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests and Inquiries Team.


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