The family of Cherry Groce, who was shot by a police office in 1985, today secured a major victory towards thier fight for justice.
Cherry Groce was left paralysed by a police bullet and died of her injuries in 2011. An inquest into her death will take place in June but the family’s request for legal aid in order to represent themselves has been now been approved.
Today a Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Legal aid funding for lawyers to represent the family of Ms Groce at the forthcoming inquest into her death has now been granted. Having considered the request of the Legal Aid Agency, ministers have decided to authorise funding for this case.” “We hope that this legal representation will help her family and those who knew Ms Groce find out more about the circumstances leading to her death.”
In his reaction to the news, Chuka Umunna MP, said – “I had argued from the start that the family of Cherry Groce should be given every assistance to examine the circumstances that led to their mother’s death at the inquest.
“There was a clear public interest in legal aid being granted in this case. It would have been totally unacceptable for the inquest to proceed with the different police parties all being represented at the taxpayers expense but not the victims in this case, Cherry Groce and her family.
“So I very much welcome the decision to grant legal aid which the Lord Chancellor has made – I am grateful to him for making the right call in this case. All we were asking for was for there to be an equality of legal representation between the police and the family before the inquest. That wish has now been granted.
“I’d like to thank all those who have backed the family’s campaign but the battle for justice is not over. I would ask all those who’ve supported the campaign to keep a close eye on the inquest and the Coroner’s findings when they come.”
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