Rose Harvey-Sullivan has represented the family of Kayleigh Millen, a 19 year old girl who was sadly found dead in a hotel room in January 2018, at a two day inquest in Maidstone.

Initially it appeared as though the cause of death would be declared as suicide, as Kayleigh had been found hanging. However Rose argued over the course of the inquest that the evidence suggested she had not intended to take her life but that some kind of argument with a friend, who found her body, had likely caused her to try and ‘make a point’, resulting in an accidental death. This was denied in evidence on the part of the friend.

Assistant coroner James Dillon ultimately found that the friend’s evidence ‘lacked credibility’. He found that in line with the family’s submissions, the evidence did not show that Kayleigh had the ‘requisite intent to take her own life’ and her death was likely an accident.

Kayleigh’s family described her as ‘an inspiring, brave, confident and compassionate person’ whom they will always remember.

Rose acted for the family on a pro bono basis.

The full news article can be found here.

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