Inquest into death of Jeremy Kyle Show guest Stephen Dymond postponed

Inquest into death of Jeremy Kyle Show guest Stephen Dymond is pushed back at least six months after his mother died

  • Hearing into Stephen Dymond’s death was due to begin in Winchester today
  • However, it has been pushed back at least six months at the request of his family 
  • Mr Dymond’s brother and son applied for the delay after his mother’s death 

The inquest into the death of Jeremy Kyle Show guest Stephen Dymond has been postponed for another six months after his mother died.

The hearing into his death was due to begin today at Hampshire Coroners Court in Winchester but has now been adjourned at his relatives’ request.

A coroner decided it would be unfair to the family to proceed with the inquest after Mr Dymond’s brother and son applied to have it delayed.

However, he disagreed with an additional request to postpone it further while the family’s lawyers investigate matters raised in a recent Channel 4 documentary about the show.

Mr Dymond died in a suspected suicide in his bedroom and was found dead on May 9, 2019, surrounded by empty packets of pills after failing a lie detector test on the daytime TV show while insisting he’d been faithful to fiancée Jane Callaghan.

A previous hearing heard the 63-year-old told his family he was ‘on the point of collapsing’ after his appearance on the show and ‘considered jumping out of taxi’ on the way home.

Jeremy Kyle Show guest Stephen Dymond was found dead at his Portsmouth home in May 2019 – days after filming for the Jeremy Kyle Show

Jeremy Kyle has been named as an interested party at the inquest because the show ‘may have caused or contributed’ to Mr Dymond’s death, the coroner said

The inquest was due to begin today but his brother Leslie Dymond and his son Carl Woolley wrote to Area Coroner Jason Pegg on 8 March asking for it to be adjourned.

Mr Pegg said: ‘Mr Stephen Dymond died on 9 May 2019. The medical cause of death given following post mortem examination was that he died from a morphine overdose and left ventricular hypertrophy.

‘One week prior to his death he had been a guest of The Jeremy Kyle Show, a well known daytime TV programme.

‘The inquest has attracted substantial media and public interest.’

Mr Pegg said the inquest was due to be held today with a time estimate of four weeks, but he received a letter from the family asking for an adjournment.

‘Carl Woolley, the son of Stephen Dymond, and Leslie Dymond, the brother of Stephen Dymond, indicated they needed to request an adjournment.

‘They had suffered a recent bereavement. The recent death of their grandmother and mother. In consequence Mr Woolley and Mr Dymond were grieving their loss.

‘The grandmother and mother’s funeral is tomorrow and I understand from both counsel for Mr Woolley and Mr Dymond both are unable to engage in meaningful inquest preparations.

‘On 14 March I received a further letter with a more comprehensive application to adjourn the hearing listed today.

‘[They said] a Channel 4 documentary aired on the evenings of 13 and 14 March this year which gave rise to the possibility that there were further matters that required investigation or gave rise to further matters to be produced.’

‘I’m conscious that the inquest listed today was approaching the third anniversary of Stephen’s passing and any court proceeding delay is best avoided..’

He said he had to weigh the public’s ‘clear desire to know the outcome’ against the family’s ability to ‘properly and effectively participate’ in the inquest.

Mr Pegg ruled there were no further matters arising from the documentary, and added if any interested persons wished to ask any further questions of witnesses they could do so.

He said: ‘There are no matters in the Channel 4 documentary that will give grounds for adjourning the inquest. I find there is sufficient evidence already to answer the four statutory questions of who, when where and how he came about his death.’

However, he did adjourn the inquest due to the family’s ‘state of grief’.

He offered condolences to the family, before concluding: ‘Mr Woolley and Mr Dymond are interested persons, they are the son and brother of the deceased. in my view, they represent the interests of Stephen Dymond.

‘They both wish to engage with the inquest proceedings as best they can.

‘Their state of grief not only fetters their ability to focus on proceedings, but also instruct counsel.

‘It would be unfair to proceed with the inquest in their time of grief.’

Mr Pegg said the earliest the inquest could now be heard would likely be October of this year.

Mr Pegg said he also consulted with Jeremy Kyle and ITV before making his decision, and noted: ‘Jeremy Kyle is not represented during the course of this brief hearing this morning, but his counsel is aware of the hearing.’

A cousin of Stephen Dymond, Gerald Brierley, attended the short hearing by video link.

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