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Windrush: Migrant Dexter Bristol's family walk out of inquest

Windrush: Migrant Dexter Bristol's family walk out of inquest

Sentina Bristol wanted the court to hear submissions about the role the Home Office might have played in her son's death
The mother of a Windrush migrant has walked out of his inquest after the coroner was "very rude".Dexter Bristol, 57, collapsed and died in the street on 31 March while trying to prove his British citizenship.His family wanted to make submissions to the court about the role Home Office policy might have played in Mr Bristol's death.But Coroner Dr William Dolman ruled the policy was not relevant to the immediate circumstances of his death.He said it was "absolutely clear" Mr Bristol was under "some sort of distress or pressure", but added this was not solely because of his immigration status.
Sentina Bristol and other family members left the hearing after the coroner ruled the Home Office should not be considered an interested party.Dr Dolman apologised to the family, who said they wanted "justice".
Dexter Bristol died after suffering heart failure and collapsing in the street
Mr Bristol moved to Britain at the age of eight in 1968 as one of the Windrush generation, the court heard.However, he lost his job in 2017 and could not get a new one because he did not have a passport or documents proving his right to work.Mr Bristol died of natural causes after suffering acute heart failure near his home in Camden, north London.He had not visited his GP for more than a year and believed he could not change surgeries unless he proved his immigration status.
'Deeply upset'
Mrs Bristol said the family was "disappointed" about an unsuccessful application for an adjournment at St Pancras Coroner's Court for a judicial review. She added: "We want justice, that's what we're fighting for."Before the family withdrew from proceedings on Tuesday, the court heard a heated exchange between Dr Dolman and the family lawyer.Dr Dolman accused Una Morris of "trying to tell me how to run my court" and repeatedly ordered her to sit down.He later apologised to Ms Morris and Mr Bristol's family, saying: "I didn't mean any discourtesy at all."Ms Morris told him family members were "deeply upset at the way you spoke to me".Mrs Bristol said although Dr Dolman was not speaking directly to her, "he was very rude".She described her son as "very quiet", "bright" and "never got into any arguments with anyone".The inquest continues.
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