INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF PTE GEOFF GRAY (DEEPCUT BARRACKS)
20th August 2020
Nicholas Moss (with Georgina Wolfe, Cicely Haywood (5 Essex Court) and Richard Boyle) led the team representing the Ministry of Defence and individual soldiers in the fresh inquest into the death of Geoff Gray at Deepcut barracks.
The short form conclusion was “suicide”. Following the decision in Maughan  EWCA Civ 809, the Coroner applied the civil standard of proof but was in any event satisfied to the criminal standard of proof that the death was by suicide. As had been accepted in concessions made by MOD, the Coroner found that greater attention should have been paid to the self-harm risks of young trainees carrying out armed guard duty. The Coroner was strongly critical of failures in the original investigations.