Derbyshire schoolboy's tragic death to be investigated at inquest

A two-day inquest will be held to investigate how a 14-year-old Derbyshire schoolboy died.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 11:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 1:25 pm

Jak Hikin, of Portland Street, New Houghton, died at King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, on February 19, 2019.

A pre-inquest review was held today (Friday, January 31) and it was agreed to aim for a full two-day hearing in Chesterfield this May.

Jak's parents asked the coroner to investigate the earlier years of his schooling at Holly House School as well as later at Outwood Academy.

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The pre-inquest review was held at Chesterfield Town Hall.

When Jak’s inquest was opened on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Derbyshire assistant coroner Kathryn Hayes said: "The proposed cause of death has been given as 'compression to the neck'."

Ms Hayes said Jak - who had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and ADHD - had regular contact with 'various healthcare and other services'.

She told the court: "This is a very sad death.

"I can think of nothing worse than experiencing the death of a child.

"My condolences go to Jak's family and friends at this tragic time."

The coroner told today’s hearing at Chesterfield Town Hall that it was important to establish at the full inquest the circumstances of Jak’s referral to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and ‘whether it was a deliberate act done with the intention of dying’.

She said the inquest should take place as soon as possible for the sake of Jak’s family.