Grenada Broadcasting Network

13th April 2024




Online reports from the UK say coroners are probing government’s hostile environment policy at a series of inquests beginning tomorrow.

The first inquests listed are Windrush migrant – Grenadian born, Dexter Bristol and immigration detainee Jamaican Carlington Spencer.

Bristol, who lived in London for half a century, after leaving Grenada at the age of eight, was 58 when he collapsed on a London street last March, after an 18-month battle with UK Home Office to prove he was settled in Britain.

During Theresa May’s tenure as home secretary, Bristol was forced to prove he had resided continuously in the UK as part of the Windrush generation and faced losing his council house, welfare benefits and, ultimately, deportation if he failed to do so.

His family says the hostile environment policies put Bristol under “unbearable stress,” culminating in his premature demise.

The full circumstances leading up to his death will now be probed by senior coroner Mary Hassell at St Pancras coroner’s court.

This will be the second inquest into his death, after the findings of an earlier coroner were quashed, following a judicial review brought by the family.

The first coroner refused to hear evidence from an independent cardiologist on how the stress involved in proving his settled status had contributed to Bristol suffering cardiac arrest.

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