Les Balkwell will continue his one man legal battle against Essex Police in the High Court of Justice on Thursday 20 October at 10.00am, Room 111 or 116. The hearing is open to the press and the public.
The 2-hour hearing is to determine Les Balkwell’s application to Essex Police to disclose vital documents which are essential to his case that the failings of Essex Police to properly investigate his son’s killing were unusually severe. Essex Police has declined to disclose any of them.
Les Balkwell began his High Court compensation claim on 28 January 2013. After two-and-half years of legal argument, for most of which time he was legally unrepresented, Essex Police admitted liability under the Human Rights Act for ‘failing to conduct an effective investigation’ into the killing of Lee Balkwell.
The case has a remarkable history, as technically Les Balkwell should have brought his Human Rights Act claim within one year of becoming aware of Essex Police’s ineffective investigation. But in a historic hearing in January 2015, High Court judge Master Eastman allowed the deadline to be extended by nine years because he had brought his case within one year of the decision by the IPCC on 30 January 2012, which upheld a total of 26 counts of misconduct against eight senior Essex Police officers.
A three-day trial is expected to take place in November to determine the amount of compensation.
For further information:
Les Balkwell 07925 999607 or 01708 446850
Tony Bennett 01279 635789 or 07835 716537
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