Inquest of Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond postponed after changes at Portsmouth Coroner's Court

THE pre inquest review into Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond has been postponed due to changes at Portsmouth Coroner’s Court.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 10:21 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 11:59 am
Undertakers carry the casket with Steve Dymond's body ahead of his private funeral at Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth. © Jordan Pettitt/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800

The review was due to take place tomorrow after lawyers for Steve Dymond’s relatives argued last month that a number of documents held by ITV had not been seen by the family.

Barrister Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC told the court that ‘the odds were stacked against her clients’.

Assistant coroner Lincoln Brookes ruled that a pre inquest review (PIR) would take place tomorrow at midday to give the family a chance to see the reports and to watch footage of the Jeremy Kyle show from May 2 featuring Mr Dymond and his ex-partner Jane Callaghan, which was never aired after the 63-year-old was found dead in his room at a flat in Grafton Street, Buckland, on May 9.

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But due to a change in the way coroner services are run in Hampshire, the PIR has been postponed with no new date proposed.

A spokesman for Portsmouth Coroner’s Court said: ‘Due to the appointment of a new area coroner, the PIR has been put on hold. The new coroner will need to review the file.’

Mr Dymond’s inquest had been scheduled for April 27 to April 30 next year but it is unknown if the postponement to the PIR will affect this date.

The hearing in October heard that a number of messages including a WhatsApp message from a researcher to a producer about Mr Dymond’s welfare were referred to by ITV in relation to the inquest but not shown to the family.Ms Gallagher told the court that a researcher said Mr Dymond was ‘really upset and said life is nothing without Jane and words to the effect of “I wish I was dead”.’