Parents of Alice Gross respond to Article 2 inquest decision

11 December 2015

A Coroner has today decided that the inquest into the death of Alice Gross should investigate wider questions around what authorities knew – or ought to have known – about her murderer.

Liberty, which is representing Alice’s family, had made submissions to the Coroner that the case engages Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, enshrined into UK law in the Human Rights Act.

Coroner Fiona Wilcox has now confirmed the forthcoming inquest will not be limited to looking solely into the cause of Alice’s death, but will also consider the broader circumstances surrounding it.

Ros Hodgkiss and Jose Gross, Alice’s parents, said:

It has taken us a long time, but we are pleased that the new coroner Fiona Wilcox has ruled in favour of an Article 2 inquest that will be heard in front of a jury. 

This jury will be able to explore the systems that were in place when Zalkalns, a convicted murderer, came into the country and whether or not there were any failures on the part of the Home Office or police.

We are pleased at the range of information that the coroner is willing to put in front of the jury.

We are also pleased that the coroner will be able to make recommendations to prevent this kind of thing happening again. 

Finally it is only because of the Human Rights Act that we have been able to ask the coroner to investigate these questions."