Croydon Guardian reporter Chris Baynes thrown out of Croydon Magistrates' Court because 'insurance does not cover him'

Croydon Coroner's Court is based within the magistrates' court

Croydon Coroner's Court is based within the magistrates' court

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An inquest was effectively held in secret today after a Croydon Guardian reporter was thrown out of court and told the building's insurance policy did not cover him.

Security staff at Croydon Magistrates' Court court ejected Chris Baynes within seconds of the start of a hearing about the death of Liby Shanu, a young mum who died in hospital after giving birth.

Most courtrooms in the building were shut today due to building work, with only the coroner's court sitting.

A security guard told the reporter, who was initially allowed to enter court and the only journalist present, that the court's insurance policy did not cover members of the public during the closure.

However, she claimed witnesses and family members attending the inquest were covered.

The guards said they were following orders of the court's manager, who was not present.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Justice said the matter would be investigated but has not yet commented.

Mrs Shanu, aged 27, of Thornton Heath, died at Croydon University Hospital 11 days after giving birth to her son at St George's Hospital in Tooting.

The Indian-born student was discharged from St George's after the birth in June 2011, but was admitted to Croydon University Hospital the next day after falling ill.

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1:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

HerbyBear says...

So if they let him stay and he had been injured you wouldn't have kicked up a fuss and written another nonsense story?

Shame on you.
So if they let him stay and he had been injured you wouldn't have kicked up a fuss and written another nonsense story? Shame on you. HerbyBear
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4:48am Fri 14 Mar 14

Rajcr0 says...

Hahaha this guys head and hair is awful. He loves attention like seriously dude get over your self. He is writing a report of himself? The job is getting to his head. I heard the security guy talking to him very politely to leave and this bains with no brains with quiffy hair couldn't take no for an answer he was being soo arrogance arghh you can never trust what he says. So sterotypical I also found out on his twitter he wanted to lie an say he knows the deceased in the case heard. That is so bad and shameful
Hahaha this guys head and hair is awful. He loves attention like seriously dude get over your self. He is writing a report of himself? The job is getting to his head. I heard the security guy talking to him very politely to leave and this bains with no brains with quiffy hair couldn't take no for an answer he was being soo arrogance arghh you can never trust what he says. So sterotypical I also found out on his twitter he wanted to lie an say he knows the deceased in the case heard. That is so bad and shameful Rajcr0
  • Score: -1

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