TRUTH & JUSTICE FOR ONESE - Support our request for a fresh inquest

by Ann Power

TRUTH & JUSTICE FOR ONESE - Support our request for a fresh inquest

by Ann Power
Ann Power
In August 1997 my husband, Onese Power, was killed during a high speed police pursuit through the streets of Camden. I am now seeking a fresh Inquest to find the truth about what happened.
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Ann Power
In August 1997 my husband, Onese Power, was killed during a high speed police pursuit through the streets of Camden. I am now seeking a fresh Inquest to find the truth about what happened.
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TRUTH and JUSTICE FOR ONESE POWER

April 24, 2017

THANK YOU AND THANK YOU ALL AGAIN

We are overwhelmed by the kind, sincere and generous support you are showing for our campaign and cannot thank you all enough.  This campaign is not just for us - we hope it will have meaning for everyone that without truth there is no justice.  

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My husband, Onese Power, was just 51 when he suffered fatal injuries during a dangerous high speed police pursuit on 17th August 1997.  In February 1998, after hearing some evidence of an alleged contact between a pursuing police car and my husband's motorbike an inquest jury returned an inconclusive 'Open Verdict'.

During the course of the inquest I felt that the internal police investigation was insufficient, but I felt powerless to do anything about it at the time.

 After twenty years my sons and I are still fighting for answers concerning my husband's death.  We passionately believe that all deaths involving the police must be investigated properly  and explored in much greater detail than happened in Onese's case. We are asking for help in our struggle to ensure that we secure a full and fearless fresh inquest into his death.  We also want to raise public awareness about the need to ensure that, in the wake of controversial deaths, bereaved families are not left living in limbo,  perhaps for the rest of their lives.  

MY JOURNEY 17/8/97 to date

One Sunday evening, 20 years ago, there was a knock on my front door that would bring the news that everyone dreads, news that would change my life and that of my three sons forever;  that on the morning of Sunday 17th August 1997 my husband Onese (aged 51 and known as Tony to his friends) had died, following a police pursuit through the streets of Camden, North London.

During the course of the Inquest it became clear that the internal police investigation failed to carry out crucial forensic examination of the unreported damage to the offside of the police car and the end of Onese's left motorcycle handlebar.  This failing and many other controversial aspects of the investigation left our family with more questions than answers.

I represented myself and my three sons at the Inquest.  I received no prior disclosure of information from the police, despite requesting it, and I had no knowledge of the inquest process. As a lay person I did my best to make sense of what was going on, but I was no match for the legal team representing the police. 

In the 20 years since then, I have fought numerous times to have the case reinvestigated.  There are many unanswered questions surrounding the circumstances of my husband's death and there is strong evidence that the original investigation was deeply flawed.

I have written many letters to the various Met Commissions who have come and gone since my husband's death, but to no avail.  Eventually, in 2015, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe released a previously suppressed report that opened the door to getting the support of the Attorney General for a fresh inquest.

With the help of a sympathetic barrister, I asked the Attorney General for permission (known as the AG's fiat) to apply to the High Court for a fresh inquest.

The Attorney General's support is a great victory in our fight to find out what really happened to Onese on that fateful day.  We are a massive step closer in getting to the truth that my family and I deserve.  But the struggle is not yet over. 

WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE

Having now obtained permission to go the High Court  I am seeking help and support to go forward with this application for a new inquest to determine how Onese came to lose his life on 17th August 1997.  To do this I have engaged the services of a very experienced and tenacious legal team to act on behalf of myself and my family to persuade the High Court Judge(s) that a fresh Inquest, vigorously examining the events leading up to Onese's death and the ensuing investigation, is in the public interest.  This is not just important for myself and my sons, but is of paramount importance to the public that deaths involving the police are explored in much greater detail.  Public authorities must carry out sufficient and transparent investigations so as to leave no doubt or ambiguity as to how loved ones have died.  We should not have been left with more questions than answers.  Nor should we still be waiting for the truth twenty years later.

FUNDING

I am initially hoping to raise £3000 to go towards the costs incurred in the application to the High Court for permission to open a new inquest and the services of a specialist litigation team who are experienced in dealing with such cases where it is 'nigh on impossible' for the ordinary lay person like myself to challenge the failings of public authorities. 

Getting a new Inquest will not only  help to bring about truth, peace and closure for myself and my sons but will also help to bring into public awareness the need for transparency from the outset of such investigations and not put families through years of fighting for truth and justice just to find out what is their RIGHT  - the right to know how their loved ones died.

I and my sons would like to thank you all so much for any support you can help us with, and in sharing our story.


 Ann Power




TRUTH and JUSTICE FOR ONESE POWER

April 24, 2017

THANK YOU AND THANK YOU ALL AGAIN

We are overwhelmed by the kind, sincere and generous support you are showing for our campaign and cannot thank you all enough.  This campaign is not just for us - we hope it will have meaning for everyone that without truth there is no justice.  

Nearly half way to reaching our first target!

April 22, 2017

THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU !!!! 

Just one full day in to the campaign and we are nearly halfway to reaching our first target of £3k 

This is so heartening for us.

Ann & Boys x

We are so delighted with your support!

April 21, 2017

Thank-you all so much for your support and generosity so early into our campaign. It means so much!

Ann and boys x

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