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Inquest Begins Into Dementia Patient Who Was Killed By A Train When He Escaped His Care Home

Expert Lawyers Say Family Hope Inquest Will Provide Answers


The heartbroken daughter of a former Birmingham City football player, who died after escaping from his care home and being hit by a train, said she hopes the inquest will provide much-needed answers about his death.

Dementia sufferer John Nicholls, who was also an Army Veteran, went missing from Heartlands Care Home on February 26 2011 and was killed instantly when he was struck by a train near Marston Green Station.

An inquest into the 76-year-old’s death will begin on Monday 27 January 2014 at Birmingham Coroner’s Court and is expected to last three days. It will be heard by Coroner for Birmingham, Louise Hunt.

Mr Nicholls’ daughter Justine Bostock, has instructed medical law experts at Irwin Mitchell to represent her at the inquest and investigate her father’s death.

Louise Hawkley, a specialist medical lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office, speaks on Justine's behalf.

Mr Nicholls played for Birmingham City reserves in the late 1940s to early 1950s. He served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as Corporal in Korea and Egypt from 1952 to 1954 and left behind two daughters, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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