THE TRAGEDY CONTINUES

1992 – CORONER KNAPMAN INVESTIGATED

In 1992, Dr Knapman refused to stand down during an inquest into his actions. Dr Knapman also refused to resume the inquest into the victims deaths.

1993 – KNAPMAN DISMISSED AND NEW CORONER APPOINTED

In January 1993,  Margaret Lockwood-Croft and Eileen Dallaglio, mothers of two of the victims, began legal action against Dr Knapman for describing them as ‘unhinged’.

In June 1993, after a judicial review The High Court of Justice Sir Thomas Bingham, Lord Justice Farquharson and Lord Justice Simon Brown heard the appeal.  Dr Knapman and Dr Dolman were stood down and a new coroner was appointed by the High Court and Home Office, Dr John Burton. Burton granted an Inquest for all the Marchioness families. However, no further action was taken against Dr Knapman and he continued to practice as a coroner.

2000 – INVESTIGATION INTO KNAPMAN REVIVED

In February 2000, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott announced that he had ordered a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Marchioness disaster. During a Non-Statutory Inquiry into the Identification of the 51 Victims Dr Knapman’s actions were again called into question. During the hearing, overseen by Lord Justice Clarke, the coroner was accused of “arrogance” and lack of concern for relatives’ feelings. Lord Justice Clarke also expressed his concerns over the removal of the hands of the victims. The outcome of the inquiry ruled ‘unlawful Killing’. No action was ever taken towards Dr Knapman and Dr Dolman.

Onward – NO ACTION TAKEN AGAINST KNAPMAN DESPITE VICTIMS’ FAMILIES’ PROTESTS

Family members of the victims urged Dr Knapman to resign and stated they would call on the Home Secretary if action was not taken against him. No further inquiries into Dr Knapman’s actions took place and he continued to act as Her Majesty’s Coroner for London and Westminster.

In 2008 he was made Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.

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