UPDATED: Inquest to resume into the death of Gaia Pope-Sutherland

UPDATED: Inquest to resume into the death of Gaia Pope-Sutherland

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:08am 6th February 2020. (Updated at 8:33am 7th February 2020)

A pre-inquest review hearing into the death of Swanage teenager, Gaia Pope-Sutherland is due to take place today.

The teenager went missing in November 2017.

Her body was found 11 days later near a coastal path.

A pre-inquest hearing in Bournemouth takes place today, more than two years after her death.

'What does a pre-inquest hearing involve?'

  • A pre-inquest review is a hearing before the coroner where the interested persons and the coroner seek to plan for the final inquest. 
Gaia Search 2017 Swanage Coastguard
Swanage Coastguard searching for Gaia in 2017.

Proceedings have been waiting for two investigations into Dorset Police by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The separate investigations looked into Dorset Police's handling of Gaia's disappearance and it's handling of her prior rape allegation.

Gaia's family said:

"We have been left in the dark for two long years with questions no grieving family should be left asking

"Now finally we are taking a step towards answers and justice for Gaia."

A spokesman for Dorset Police said:

"An inquest into Gaia’s death has also been opened and HM Coroner is continuing to conduct her investigation ahead of a jury inquest to be held at a future date.

"Because of those factors and foremost being mindful of the impact these processes have on Gaia’s family following her tragic death, it would not be appropriate at this time for the Force to comment further.

"Dorset Police is cooperating fully with the IOPC and HM Coroner and is supplying any information as requested by them."

 

Previous Articles:

Gaia Pope's family left 'unable to grieve' after repeated inquest delays

Missing: Gaia Pope's family issue statement

Gaia Pope: No injuries to suggest another person involved

Watchdog investigate Dorset Police over Gaia Pope