London Bridge attack: Victim’s partner calls for legal aid

James Hopper

The households of sufferers killed in assaults must obtain legal aid, the partner of a nurse who died within the London Bridge assault has stated.

Kirsty Boden was once stabbed when she went to assist eating place waiter Alexandre Pigeard within the June 2017 assault.

Her partner, James Hodder, is petitioning for legal aid for households – forward of the beginning of the inquests into the Manchester Arena bombing.

The govt has stated illustration was once “not necessary in all cases”.

But Mr Hodder, 32, informed the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme it was once within the public hobby for households to have it.

He stated his legal professionals raised salient questions in regards to the assault – together with why vehicle-proof limitations weren’t in position on London Bridge.

“It is through your barrister, your QC that the right questions are asked,” he stated.

“It’s in the public interest that you are given legal representation so you can engage with the process.”

He introduced his petition after the realization of the London Bridge assault inquests and forward of the beginning of the inquest into the 22 May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 other people.

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Image caption Kirsty Boden, an off-duty nurse, was once stabbed to dying after she went to assist a sufferer

A Ministry of Justice spokesman in the past stated its evaluate of inquests discovered they weren’t about apportioning blame, however setting up the reality and studying courses – which means an inquest was once a fact-finding, no longer adverse, workout.

So, they stated, legal illustration was once no longer important in all circumstances, however the govt was once bettering consciousness of the provision of legal aid to fortify households.


Miss Boden was once killed when she went to assist waiter Alexandre Pigeard, who lay demise. She was once dubbed the “angel of London Bridge” within the aftermath of the assault.

Mr Hodder known as the federal government’s place on investment households at inquests “a pathetic excuse” – arguing different events concerned had legal illustration.

“The home secretary had three QCs representing himself and his office,” he informed the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

“At least one of the killer’s families also got legal aid. Everyone’s got lawyers. It’s a lawyer-fest.”

Mr Hodder stated he and his circle of relatives spent “hundreds of thousands of pounds” on legal illustration and he would were left bankrupt had his legal professionals no longer determined to waive a few of their charges.

A petition calling at the govt to supply legal aid to all households at inquests into terror assaults had received greater than 250,000 signatures up till Tuesday.

The Law Society for England and Wales has in the past criticised the belief that households don’t have illustration at inquests, whilst state our bodies do.

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