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Poppi Worthington inquest: Coroner rules toddler was abused before her death

15 JANUARY 2018



A senior coroner has ruled that Poppi Worthington was sexually abused then died of asphyxia after her father left her to sleep in his bed.

David Roberts is delivering his conclusions at the second inquest of 13-month-old - more than five years after she died.

The toddler's controversial first inquest was quashed by the High Court and deemed "irregular" after it lasted just seven minutes and did not refer to Poppi by name as her death was declared as unexplained.

A more in-depth examination of the circumstances took place as three weeks of evidence was heard last year before David Roberts, HM senior coroner for Cumbria.

Delivering his verdict he said that injuries seen by doctors were as a result of anal penetration at a time that she was in the care of her father.

In January 2016 - as part of family court proceedings involving Poppi's siblings - a  different judge revealed his findings that Mr Worthington probably sexually assaulted his daughter shortly before her death.

Mr Worthington has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any offence as the Crown Prosecution Service say there is insufficient evidence.

On the balance of probabilities he could rule that Poppi was unlawfully killed, or deliver a narrative verdict setting out what he believes happened in her final hours.

Prosecutors refuse to reconsider charges

As the five-year fight for justice for Poppi, who a High Court judge previously ruled was probably sexually assaulted before her death, neared its end prosecutors refused to reconsider charges in the case.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that there were no plans to look at the case again.

The fresh inquest was ordered by the High Court after the controversial first hearing in 2014, held by a different coroner, was shrouded in secrecy and lasted just seven minutes.




But spokesman for the CPS, who had said that they would be watching the events of the inquest closely, said that no new evidence had come to light during the hearings.

The spokesman added: “It has been looked at twice both in terms of after the original police investigation and then later after the victim’s right to review. There are no current plans to look at it again.”

Father refused to answer questions at inquest

Poppi was just 13 months old when she was heard to scream out before her father Paul brought her lifeless body downstairs in the family home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, on the morning of December 12 2012.

During the inquest Mr Worthington, who denies any wrongdoing, refused to answer a total of 252 questions over four hours about Poppi’s final moments, during which it was pointed out that he is the only person who knows what happened.

Relying on Coroner's rules, which mean that a person does not have to answer any question which might incriminate them, he refused to respond to questions about whether or not he had abused his daughter or put his hand over her mouth.



It has already been concluded by a High Court judge that he probably sexually assaulted her. No charges have been brought as a litany of failings in the police investigation means that there is “insufficient evidence” to bring a criminal case.

The refusal of the CPS to look again at the evidence is likely to revive calls for ministers to order a full public inquiry into the case.

Karen Bradley, then a Home Office Minister, refused calls for such a hearing in early 2016, saying: “We do need to learn lessons from this case but we need to wait for that second inquest.”


'No, Sir': Father refuses chance to explain what happened before daughter's death

After refusing to answer hundreds of questions in case he incriminated himself, Paul Worthington was given a final chance to explain what had happened at last year's inquest.

But when the coroner asked him if he had anything to say, he simply replied: “No, Sir.”

He was asked by Alison Hewitt, counsel to the inquest, whether he had penetrated Poppi. Mr Worthington shook his head and muttered under his breath, but to each question he replied: “I refer to my earlier statements under rule 22”.

Rule 22 of the Coroner’s Rules states that a witness does not have to answer any question that might incriminate them.

Ms Hewitt asked: “Did you at any time place Poppi in a position where her face was pressed into a pillow?” After he refused to answer, she asked: “Did you put your hand or any other object over Poppi’s face on any occasion?”

Mr Worthington stared straight ahead as he replied: “I refer to my previous statement under rule 22.”



The mother, who has been waiting to hear the truth about her daughter’s final moments for five years, initially could not look towards her former partner, and as he refused to answer any questions she held her head in her hands.

She reached for a tissue as questions turned to Poppi’s final moments and what Mr Worthington had done after he took his daughter into their bed while she slept on the sofa downstairs.

The mother looked at him for the first time as he was shown photographs of that bed, which had on it Poppi’s favourite pink elephant pillow, but when asked if it was the scene that had confronted him that morning he repeated his mantra and she rolled her eyes.

Click here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/13/poppi-worthington-normalised-troubled-background-meant-alarm-bel/ to read about an official report that found a total lack of “professional curiosity” by health workers regarding the troubled family background of Poppi Worthington meant vital questions which might have prevented her death were never asked.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/15/poppi-worthington-inquest-coroner-rules-toddler-abused-death/
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Poppi Worthington was sexually abused by father, coroner rules

Toddler suffocated soon after being assaulted, says coroner, but Paul Worthington is unlikely ever to face trial

A fit and active baby girl suffocated after being sexually abused by her father, a coroner has ruled.

Poppi Worthington died just over five years ago at her home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, after spending part of the night in bed with her father, Paul Worthington.

On Monday David Roberts, senior coroner for Cumbria, ruled that the 13-month-old had been sexually assaulted by her father just before her death, after a postmortem found suspicious injuries in her anus. The coroner concluded that Poppi had died from asphyxiation after Worthington brought her into his bed to abuse her, and she was unable to breathe properly afterwards.

But Worthington is unlikely to ever be put on trial because police failed to collect forensic evidence.

The nappy Poppi was wearing, along with her pyjama bottoms, were never recovered. It was not until more than eight months after her death that police started investigating properly and arrested Worthington and Poppi’s mother, who cannot be named.

Worthington has always maintained his innocence and in November 2016 the Crown Prosecution Service assessed the available evidence and concluded there was no realistic prospect of conviction.

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/15/poppi-worthington-was-sexually-abused-by-father-coroner-rules
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The sooner the CPS get their act together in this case the better, this little girl has been badly let down.
« Last Edit: March 22, 2018, 08:02:52 AM by Angelo222 »
A malicious prosecution for a crime which never existed. An exposé of egregious malfeasance by public officials.
Indeed, the truth never changes with the passage of time.

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Doesn't seem there is a lot they can do, 5 years later with vital evidence lost.

Mr Worthington will likely no comment his way through any future interviews.

I read that his sister believes he is innocent, quite how, in her own mind, she can account for the girls internal injuries is beyond me.

I read also that 2 senior officers, who should be answering to misconduct allegations, have since retired.
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Prosecutors to review Poppi Worthington inquest findings

The coroner ruled the toddler had been sexually abused before her death, prompting calls for the CPS to review its decision.

Prosecutors are to review the findings of the inquest into the death of Poppi Worthington.

Toddler Poppi died from asphyxia and was sexually abused before her death, according to the coroner David Roberts.

Mr Roberts formally referred a copy of his decision, made on the balance of probabilities, to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the CPS said: "We have received a copy of the coroner's decision and will now consider this carefully in liaison with Cumbria Constabulary."

Mr Roberts said the child's ability to breathe was compromised by an "unsafe" sleeping environment after her father Paul Worthington took her from her cot and placed her next to him in his bed.

He said 13-month-old Poppi was suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection at the time and she was abused in the bed.

The CPS has previously said it did not plan to review its decision not to charge Mr Worthington.

At Kendal Coroner's Court, Mr Roberts concluded she did not die immediately after the abuse in 2012 and it did not cause her death.

The coroner said an unlawful killing conclusion was not available to him as he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Poppi died due to murder or manslaughter.

During a three-week inquest in Cumbria, Mr Worthington refused to answer questions about her death 252 times and his account did not "stand up to scrutiny", according to the coroner.

A family court judge ruled in January 2016 that "on the balance of probabilities" he had sexually assaulted Poppi before she died.

The father has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any offence as the CPS says there is insufficient evidence.

He has been living in hiding since the family court proceedings were made public.

https://news.sky.com/story/prosecutors-to-review-poppi-worthington-inquest-findings-11210772
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Cumbria police 'failed to learn lessons' over Poppi Worthington, it is claimed


17 JANUARY 2018

Cumbria police have been accused of failing to learn lessons from their failure in the Poppi Worthington case as it emerged that they have been criticised by the watchdog over their handling of child abuse allegations in recent weeks.

Just days before a coroner ruled that Poppi had been sexually assaulted by her father before her death, the Independent Office for Police Conduct upheld a complaint against the force for failing to record a separate allegation of child abuse.

Prosecutors have refused three times to put Paul Worthington on trial as police blunders, including not treating the 13-month-old's death as a criminal inquiry for eight months, mean that there is "insufficient evidence" to charge him.

The complainant in the latest case, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said it was "absolutely clear" that the force had not learnt their lessons in the five years since Poppi's death.

The revelations come as Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, assured a local MP that she would "urgently consider" his request for a public inquiry into Poppi's case.

John Woodcock, MP for Barrow-in-Furness where Poppi was living at the time of her death in 2012, said: "I am pleased that the Home Secretary took time to see me.

"She made clear she recognises the community is reeling over Poppi's death and the terrible failings that surround it.

"Mrs Rudd pledged to consider urgently what steps she can take in the light of (the inquest) verdict and asked me to work with her home office team to try to make any action she takes as effective as possible.

"Ministers always stress they cannot direct the Crown Prosecution Service who we are praying will look at the case in a fresh light following the coroner's verdict.

"But the Home Secretary can act to help restore confidence in our policing system which has been badly damaged by this terrible affair."

The CPS and the police are currently considering the conclusion of the inquest to see whether they could review the charging decision against Mr Worthington.

Mr Woodcock said that the "grotesque failings" of the police need to be examined.

In his ruling on Monday, the coroner said that there had been "very significant failings" by the force but he did not make any recommendations for improvement as he noted they have accepted the criticism and have "taken action".

It has now emerged that just three days before he delivered his judgement, the IOPC upheld a complaint against the force for failing to record allegations including child abuse and actually bodily harm against a child.

The complaint alleged that "Cumbria Constabulary had been obstructive and had refused to investigate a number of serious allegations which you reported to them".

The  IOPC, which took over from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) earlier this month, said that in their decision letter that they upheld the complaint as "the matters you raise are required to be recorded".

The IOPC did not give any direction to the force as by the time the judgement was published Cumbria had "realised their mistake" and appointed an officer to investigation, the complainant said. 

But it has been a month since they reversed their decision and the detective has still not been in touch, he added.

He  continued: "It does appear despite this ruling by the IPOC, Cumbria police continue to fail to investigate and fail the children of Cumbria. I would have thought such serious allegations would warrant a rapid response.

"It is clear the deep and troubling problems of all agencies involved in child protection in Cumbria are still very much present."

Cumbria Constabulary spokesperson said: “The Constabulary can confirm that it is investigating a complaint made by a member of the public in relation to the service they received.

“The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) referred the complaint to the Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department for a recording decision.

 “The Constabulary had officially recorded this as a complaint, prior to the referral from the IOPC, following receipt of further information from the complainant.“

Tim Farron, the Lib Dem MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said: “After the utterly appalling tragedy of Poppi Worthington, we owe it to Poppi not only to get justice for her, but to learn every lesson so that no child is at risk of ending up in that situation ever again.

“I welcome the IPOC’s announcement, as it is vitally important that there is complete transparency so we can ensure the police, social services and others are properly able to protect our children.”

An investigation by the IPCC into Cumbria's investigation into Poppi's death had found that a litany of failings by officers meant that no one was brought to justice.

The two senior officers responsible, Detective Superintendent Mike Forrester and Detective Inspector Amanda Sadler, were found to have a case to answer for gross misconduct but Mr Forrester retired aged 48 on a full pensions before disciplinary action could be taken.

Mrs Sadler, a former Miss Great Britain beauty queen, was found guilty by her force and demoted to Sergeant. She has also since retired.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/cumbria-police-failed-learn-lessons-poppi-worthington-claimed/
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Some of the Cumbria Police failings in the Poppi Worthington case.

Medical equipment and clothing at the hospital Poppi was taken to was not preserved for forensic analysis.

Key evidence at the family home went missing before it could be taken in for cops to examine - including the pyjama bottoms she was wearing before she died.

The house wasn't even declared a crime scene until several hours after Poppi died - meaning vital clues like her last nappy went missing. (Mr Worthingtons sister threw the nappy in the bin, with permission from a police officer at the scene)

Experienced detective inspectors failed to visit the home to save evidence, a breach of national forensic protocol.

The parents were not immediately interviewed at home.

Swabs were not taken until the tot's post-mortem - meaning forensic analysis can be prejudiced.

Authorities didn't call for a paediatrician with specialist knowledge of child sexual abuse to examine Poppi's corpse, or the home where she died.

A doctor's initial views were not clearly passed on to the local council for safeguarding purposes.

The parents were not formally interviewed until August 2013 - nearly half a year after Poppi died.

Neither parent's mobile telephone or Facebook accounts were analysed in the aftermath of their daughter's death.

Samples were not sent for analysis until after receipt of a full medical report.

No statements were taken from any witnesses until September 2013.

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POPPI COP CLAIM Ex-Miss GB turned detective claimed she was ‘never properly trained’ to deal with bungled Poppi Worthington investigation.

Amanda Sadler was subjected to a disciplinary hearing last year where gross incompetency was proven and she was demoted in rank.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5351670/amanda-sadler-poppi-worthington-investigation-never-properly-trained/
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Some of the Cumbria Police failings in the Poppi Worthington case.

Medical equipment and clothing at the hospital Poppi was taken to was not preserved for forensic analysis.

Key evidence at the family home went missing before it could be taken in for cops to examine - including the pyjama bottoms she was wearing before she died.

The house wasn't even declared a crime scene until several hours after Poppi died - meaning vital clues like her last nappy went missing. (Mr Worthingtons sister threw the nappy in the bin, with permission from a police officer at the scene)

Experienced detective inspectors failed to visit the home to save evidence, a breach of national forensic protocol.

The parents were not immediately interviewed at home.

Swabs were not taken until the tot's post-mortem - meaning forensic analysis can be prejudiced.

Authorities didn't call for a paediatrician with specialist knowledge of child sexual abuse to examine Poppi's corpse, or the home where she died.

A doctor's initial views were not clearly passed on to the local council for safeguarding purposes.

The parents were not formally interviewed until August 2013 - nearly half a year after Poppi died.

Neither parent's mobile telephone or Facebook accounts were analysed in the aftermath of their daughter's death.

Samples were not sent for analysis until after receipt of a full medical report.

No statements were taken from any witnesses until September 2013.

..............................................

POPPI COP CLAIM Ex-Miss GB turned detective claimed she was ‘never properly trained’ to deal with bungled Poppi Worthington investigation.

Amanda Sadler was subjected to a disciplinary hearing last year where gross incompetency was proven and she was demoted in rank.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5351670/amanda-sadler-poppi-worthington-investigation-never-properly-trained/


AND these are the things that let the perpetrators walk Scott free.  This case hit the news, there are many others, many many others where this is happening. it is still a taboo subject but very common. No one wants to talk about it and families protect their sons/daughters  of the most heinous crimes.

The police 'investigation' reminds me of another one...

« Last Edit: March 01, 2018, 12:42:31 PM by John »
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Poppi Worthington's father will not be prosecuted after daughter sexually assaulted and suffocated in his bed



Prosecutors say there is insufficient evidence to proceed after Cumbria Constabulary botched original investigation


Poppi Worthington's father will not be prosecuted over the toddler's death unless “significantly new evidence” can be found, prosecutors have announced.

An inquest found that she was sexually assaulted and stopped breathing in her father's double bed hours later but a botched police investigation has hampered criminal charges.

The coroner’s verdict was handed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), but a review found there were not sufficient grounds to reverse its original decision not to prosecute Paul Worthington, who denies any wrongdoing.

Failings by Cumbria Constabulary, which lost vital evidence and failed to interview witnesses for several months, meant that there was no forensic way of proving what happened to Poppi.

The CPS said no new witnesses or evidence was presented at the inquest, where the findings are made on the balance of probability rather than “beyond reasonable doubt”, which is the bar in a criminal court.

“In order to prosecute, a reviewing lawyer would have to be satisfied that an objective, impartial and reasonable jury, properly directed and acting in accordance with the law, would be more likely than not to convict,” a spokesperson added.

“On each of the three previous occasions where the case was reviewed, the prosecutor decided that a jury would be unlikely to be so satisfied that Poppi had been sexually assaulted bearing in mind, primarily, the opposing medical opinion and the absence of evidence from the investigation.

“Nor that there was sufficient evidence to allow a prosecution of any other offence connected with Poppi’s death.”

Three different prosecutors have previously considered the case – first after a referral from Cumbria Constabulary in March 2015, then in June 2016 following a family court hearing and thirdly in November that year, after Poppi’s mother appealed for the decision to be reviewed.

On each occasion, the CPS decided that there was insufficient evidence to provide a “realistic prospect of conviction” for any criminal offence and said that it would only proceed if “significant new evidence” becomes available.

Fiona McGhie, a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said Poppi’s mother was “severely disappointed” that the inquest did not trigger a full review by the CPS.

“She was also left disappointed that Poppi’s father chose to rely on his right not to answer many questions which may incriminate him at the inquest and while she understands he was entitled to do this, she considers that the coroner’s inquiry was frustrated by this,” Ms McGhie added.

“The past five years have been a complete nightmare for her. Not knowing what happened to Poppi on that day, and knowing that there were evidence gathering failures by the police in the very early stages of the investigation has made things even worse.

“Although she is now closer to the devastating truth, it is likely that she may never get full closure on exactly what happened that night.”

An original seven minute inquest that declared the 13-month-old’s death unexplained was later quashed as “irregular” by the High Court, and the second inquest held in Kendal concluded in January.

Mr Worthington said he put his daughter in his bed and went to get a fresh nappy at their home in Barrow-in-Furness, but reached over minutes later to find she was limp.

He rushed downstairs and Poppi’s mother, who had been sleeping on the sofa, called an ambulance.

Paramedics took her to Furness General Hospital at 6.11am but she never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead shortly after 7am.

Medics noted the child was bleeding and in January 2016, a family court judge said that in the balance of probability Mr Worthington sexually assaulted his daughter shortly before her death.

He appeared before the inquest to give evidence but used a rule meaning that inquest witnesses are not obliged to answer incriminating questions on 252 separate occasions.

Mr Worthington described his daughter as a “bully” at one hearing and would not explain how her DNA came to be on his penis, refusing to recount the hours leading up to Poppi's death.

David Roberts, HM senior coroner for Cumbria, said Mr Worthington's account did not “stand up to scrutiny”.

He ruled at some point after 2.30am on 12 December 2012, Poppi was taken from her cot and sexually assaulted although it was not the cause of her death.

The toddler, who was suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection at the time, later died from asphyxia.

Mr Roberts told the inquest her ability to breathe was compromised by an “unsafe sleeping environment” after her father took her from her cot and placed her next to him in his double bed.

“Poppi was in such a position that her breathing was compromised, either due to the position of the bedclothes, her position within the bed or overlaying, or a combination of all three,” he concluded.

“Her viral infection would, in all probability, also have compromised her ability to breathe freely.

“In any event, when her father awoke he discovered that Poppi was no longer breathing and, shortly before 5.56am, he took her downstairs in an unresponsive state. I find that, in fact, she was dead at that point.”

In an investigation that concluded last year, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said Cumbria Police detectives responding to the case were “unstructured and disorganised”, highlighting the lengthy delay into a criminal investigation taking place “despite there being significant suspicious circumstances from the outset.”

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Mark Webster said the force had liaised closely with the CPS over the past two months.

“Throughout our second investigation officers thoroughly explored every available line of enquiry,” he added.

"I acknowledge and respect the decision made by the CPS today.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/poppi-worthington-death-father-cps-charges-child-sexual-abuse-daughter-latest-a8257026.html
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A total disgrace that little girl was let down in this manner and the monster who abused her gets off Scot free because he refused to answer police questions.  This beast has been given witness protection costing us taxpayers over £50,000 a year.





After refusing to answer hundreds of questions in case he incriminated himself, Paul Worthington was given a final chance to explain what had happened at last year's inquest.

Mr Worthington described his daughter as a “bully” at one hearing and would not explain how her DNA came to be on his penis, refusing to recount the hours leading up to Poppi's death.

But when the coroner asked him if he had anything to say, he simply replied: “No, Sir.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5079379/poppi-worthington-paul-worthington-police-protection/

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5033407/poppi-worthington-dad-paul-inquest-sexual-assault-latest/
« Last Edit: March 22, 2018, 08:11:34 AM by Angelo222 »
De troothe has the annoying habit of coming to the surface just when you least expect it!!

Je ne regrette rien!!